President Jacob Zuma’s axing of Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and his deputy was brazen, but expected. It has been met with unprecedented outrage, but Zuma isn’t budging. The question is, can the ANC do the extraordinary, and vote out its president in Parliament?
Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille tweeting that colonialism wasn’t all bad goes to the heart of what apartheid remains deeply to blame for – a nation that has been unable to forge a common understanding and a shared vision for South Africa
Government’s mishandling of the social security grant (SASSA) payment system has made the country peer into the abyss. The Concourt will hear the matter on Wednesday; the Minister best beware the Ides of March.
Government’s proposals to clampdown on immigration and a recent disgraceful xenophobic march against African and Asian nationals living in South Africa reveals a society from top to bottom, across the political spectrum, confused and at odds with the values embraced by its Constitution.
At a time when thousands are crossing the sea and many are losing their lives in a desperate attempt to leave Africa, documentary Shashamane tells the little-known story of the struggle by a part of the diaspora to return to the continent.
Since the advent of democracy in South Africa, nothing has tested the country’s institutions as the rise of Jacob Zuma and his subsequent seemingly interminable term as president. Even in mature democracies, institutions can be savaged by a concerted assault by a head of state. The Bush White House was a good example. Given the national context, we should take heart at how many of South Africa’s institutions have shown courage and resilience, and how they are beginning to rebound.