democracy

 
Why the public protector is dangerously wrong
Why the public protector is dangerously wrong
The proposal of the public protector, advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, that the Constitution should be amended to change the role of the South African...
Democracy is key to economic success
Democracy is key to economic success
The first reason for supporting democracy in Africa is that the continent’s democracies have typically posted economic growth rates that are...
Why wearing black won’t cut it
Why wearing black won’t cut it
A recent Facebook post on my timeline read: “Dear fellow middle-class and affluent countrymen. Wearing black is slimming and all, but it won’t...
SA’s democratic foundations shaken
SA’s democratic foundations shaken
An aspect of the groundswell against President Jacob Zuma’s looting ways has been bothering me. I could not quite figure out, until now, what...
​Jerry Springer-esque Parliament standoffs essential in strengthening democracy
​Jerry Springer-esque Parliament standoffs essential in strengthening democracy
On the morning after Thursday night’s State of the Nation address my Uber driver remarked: “I am an ANC supporter. But someone needs to hold...
Editorial: Zuma’s fears erode democracy
Editorial: Zuma’s fears erode democracy
The State of the Nation address is an opportunity for the president to pronounce on the government’s performance for the past year and on its...
Can South Africans be friends across 'racial' boundaries? Yes and no.
Can South Africans be friends across 'racial' boundaries? Yes and no.
Now that the season of realpolitik is upon us in South Africa and the rainbow nation ...
Don’t wait for a beautiful leader South Africa, rather rely on the Constitution
Don’t wait for a beautiful leader South Africa, rather rely on the Constitution
A new collection of legal and autobiographical writings by former Constitutional Court judge,
Editorial: Nation protests, but violence is no solution
Editorial: Nation protests, but violence is no solution
As this newspaper has said on its front page, and as a new book (excerpted in this week’s paper) is titled, South Africa is a “protest nation”....
Editorial: True democracy eludes the ANC
Editorial: True democracy eludes the ANC
The ANC has spurts of introspection, usually soon after polls or in the run-up to elective conferences. Sometimes that leads to a hard-headed look at...
Democracy is taking a beating as right-wing forces consolidate their grip on power
Democracy is taking a beating as right-wing forces consolidate their grip on power
The news has become a tightening cycle of horror. A truck smashes through a holiday crowd in Nice. Teenage soldiers are beaten to death on the...

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