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William Gumede

William Gumede

William Gumede is Associate Professor, School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is Executive Chairperson of the Democracy Works Foundation and former Deputy Editor and Managing Editor of The Sowetan.During the anti-apartheid struggle, Gumede held several leadership positions in South African student, civics and trade union movements. He was a political violence mediator and area coordinator for the National Peace Committee during the multiparty negotiations for a democratic South Africa and was seconded to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He is the bestselling author of several books including, "Thabo Mbeki & the Battle for the Soul of the ANC” and "The Poverty of Ideas: South African Democracy and the Retreat of the Intellectuals" amongst several others.
Traumatised societies need honest, self-aware leaders
Traumatised societies need honest, self-aware leaders
Societies that have emerged from traumatic experiences, such as colonialism, apartheid and civil war, need leadership that is more caring, has...
How a lack of democracy fuels violent extremism in Africa
How a lack of democracy fuels violent extremism in Africa
Violent extremism by non-state actors, whether by lone individuals or organised groups, or occurring as spontaneous communal violence, has...
The forgotten cadres are the ANC’s loss
The forgotten cadres are the ANC’s loss
Carol Moses, who died at the age of 50 recently after a short illness, symbolised the marginalisation in the post-apartheid ANC and South Africa of...
Need for reparations still with us
Need for reparations still with us
One of the biggest limitations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was its failure to provide redress or reparations for the victims...
Digitalisation has reduced the costs of doing business in public, private sectors
Digitalisation has reduced the costs of doing business in public, private sectors
Digitalisation is disrupting African societies at an unprecedented rate. This change has toppled leaders, sped up democratisation and in some cases...
Land reform needs to change society
Land reform needs to change society
Many African countries that introduced land reforms after independence succeeded in transferring land from colonial governments, settlers and...
Our heritage is a successful civil society
Our heritage is a successful civil society
Let’s imagine that aliens visited South Africa in late 1993, abducted a South African and then returned him or her home 25 years later.
Institutional racism is still alive and kicking in the workplace
Institutional racism is still alive and kicking in the workplace
Institutional racism is deeply ingrained in the corporate culture of many South African organisations. Its undermining of the wellbeing of black...
Leaders abuse governance to control citizens
Leaders abuse governance to control citizens
Many African countries since independence from colonialism have operated under multiple systems of governance: the country’s formal institutions,...
Arab Spring should be a model for #FeesMustFall movement
Arab Spring should be a model for #FeesMustFall movement
The North African uprisings of 2011, dubbed the “Arab Spring”, which toppled long-standing autocratic leaders and regimes, successfully secured...
​Workplace change is a social imperative
​Workplace change is a social imperative
DEMOCRACYGreater workplace democracy could make South Africa’s labour market more peaceful, productive and less racially charged.