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William Gumede

Traumatised societies need ethical leaders

The past cannot be erased, but leaders can choose how to respond to it and how to forge a better future

Unethical businesses will face people’s protest

Companies must behave like model democratic citizens if they are to earn and retain society’s social licence to operate

African leaders use anti-terror laws to silence journalists

Reporters in Eswatini, Egypt, Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia and Cameroon have been arrested

Traumatised societies need honest, self-aware leaders

Politicians must desist from blaming the actions of the former oppressor for their own decisions

The forgotten cadres are the ANC’s loss

The death of an Eighties student activist reminds us how much South Africa owes to that generation

Need for reparations still with us

The ANC’s well-meaning attempts at redress have failed, which means the issue has yet to be properly addressed

Digitalisation has reduced the costs of doing business in public, private sectors

Technology provides African governments with new, efficient ways to deliver services

Land reform needs to change society

Attempts at agricultural transformation in Africa have failed largely because of revenge and populist and ideologically driven reforms

Our heritage is a successful civil society

Citizen movements helped secure democracy and they still protect people’s rights in South Africa

Institutional racism is still alive and kicking in the workplace

Colonialism and apartheid were all-encompassing systems, involving institutions, professions and the public and private sectors.

Leaders abuse governance to control citizens

The parallel regimes of new and cherry-picked traditions present a hurdle to democratic success

Disintegrating state capacity is a betrayal of democracy

South Africa is repeatedly failing to live up to its declared policies because of corruption, ineptitude and political patronage

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