In the world of political miscalculations, none has been as dramatic recently as the African National Congress leadership's belief that ordinary ANC members would accept the resignation of Jacob Zuma from organisational activities. It was a stupendous mistake that nearly derailed the national general council.
It was a simple question to a senior Cabinet member and head of the South African observer mission to the Zimbabwean election: "Why are you ignoring the custom of addressing whether elections were free and fair by only pronouncing on the freeness and being silent on the fairness of the election?"
Opposition parties in Africa are always complaining that governments, secure in overwhelming majorities in their legislatures, ride roughshod over them. But many Southern African politicians point out that it is also crucial that opposition parties present themselves as credible -- and better -- alternatives to the existing governments.
The best-case scenario is that South Africa's tourism sector’s recovery will only begin in earnest towards the end of this year
Africa should abandon the neoliberal path to be able to deal with Covid-19 and other health system challenges likely to emerge in future
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