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Richard Calland

Richard Calland

    ANC turkeys all aflutter over Christmas axe
    ANC turkeys all aflutter over Christmas axe
    Ahead of the no-confidence vote in Parliament earlier this week, the perceived wisdom among the political commentariat was that turkeys are not...
    No confidence vote: A victory for Zuma, but a defeat for the ANC
    No confidence vote: A victory for Zuma, but a defeat for the ANC
    Jacob Zuma is a natural born political survivor. Yesterday the president overcame an eighth no...
    ANC policy conference a dismal sham
    ANC policy conference a dismal sham
    As President Jacob Zuma enters the Hamburg Messe on Friday, venue of this year’s G20 summit, and is greeted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he...
    Jacob Zuma is fast running out of political lives
    Jacob Zuma is fast running out of political lives
    Like the proverbial cat with nine lives, scandal-ridden President Jacob...
    Ramaphosa has everything to play for
    Ramaphosa has everything to play for
    Finally, Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign for the presidency is out of its starting blocks and is gaining momentum. His chief rival, Nkosazana...
    What happens to democracy if Zuma’s dictatorial use of the power is not overcome?
    What happens to democracy if Zuma’s dictatorial use of the power is not overcome?
    In the mid-1990s, in the immediate sunny afterglow of the 1994 “rainbow” elections, it was not politically correct to mention the C-word. For...
    South Africa’s constitution is under attack
    South Africa’s constitution is under attack
    South Africa’s Constitution,...
    Zuma drags the ANC down with him
    Zuma drags the ANC down with him
    The political year is under way. It is an especially important one for South Africa (as well as elsewhere), and it is delicately poised. For the...
    Africa must integrate in age of  Trump
    Africa must integrate in age of  Trump
    Friday marks the beginning of a new era in world history – and not just because of Donald Trump. It was going to happen anyway: the...
    ​Think 2016 was bad? 2017 holds more
    ​Think 2016 was bad? 2017 holds more
    When the fact that the right-wing, fascist candidate for the Austrian presidency “only” wins 46% of the vote is celebrated as a victory by the...
    The ICC pricked Zuma's pride at a time when authoritarian populism is on a roll
    The ICC pricked Zuma's pride at a time when authoritarian populism is on a roll
    Amid the cacophony and calamity of South Africa’s politics, it is hard to maintain a sense of perspective. What matters most? The crisis on...
    How Pravin Gordhan kickstarted the revival of the ANC's sensible left
    How Pravin Gordhan kickstarted the revival of the ANC's sensible left
    Know what a “risk off” is? No? Well, don’t worry, nor did I until a few months ago. I had provided a group of investment bankers and...