Deepening Democracy through Access to Information

Raymond Suttner

25 years of democracy: ruptures and continuities

11th February 2019 How is it that what seemed so promising in the inauguration of South African democracy, 25 years ago, has turned sour?  Should those who were... 

Zuma’s “nine wasted years” and the question of “renewal”

4th February 2019 A row has broken out in ANC ranks over claims by Cyril Ramaphosa (on which he sometimes wavers) and Tito Mboweni that the period of Jacob Zuma’s... 

#StopXenophobia in all its guises!

30th January 2019 Far from abating, the xenophobic climate in South Africa may be heightening as multiple social and economic crises increase impoverishment and... 


Ramaphosa’s wooing of Zuma: does it spell problems for the country?

21st January 2019 Since the 2017 ANC conference held at Nasrec in Johannesburg, it has been clear that the organisation has not been united behind Cyril Ramaphosa as... 

ANC at 107: history, values and strategies

14th January 2019 The ANC is very preoccupied with its history and it has been drawn on for different reasons at different times. During the freedom struggle that... 

May elections: what is the price of an ANC electoral victory?

7th January 2019 In four months, there will be general elections for national and provincial legislatures. While the other main parties are in disarray, the ANC... 

Has Cyril Ramaphosa’s position weakened and, if so, what are the consequences?

10th December 2018 Until now many observers, including myself, have been at pains to credit President Cyril Ramaphosa and his allies with addressing the need to clean... 

What is at stake in demanding formal educational qualifications in democratic politics?

3rd December 2018 Factional battles as well as tensions over white control in the DA appear to have led to a focus on the DA Chief Whip in the National Assembly,... 

The popular, populism and the crisis of representation

28th November 2018 Democracy is often discussed in a way that seriously limits our understanding of its theory and practice. This was very evident in the Cold War... 

Securing Ramaphosa’s presidency – at what cost?

26th November 2018 There is no need to recapitulate in detail the expectations that many people cherished for the Cyril Ramaphosa presidency. Many of these were not... 

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