Deepening Democracy through Access to Information

Raymond Suttner

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... 

Xenophobic discourse and disease

21st November 2018 Recently, Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi expressed his concern about the influx of illegal immigrants because of the strain this was placing... 

Ethics and scholarship: revisiting why I withdrew a thesis 49 years ago

6th November 2018 On 14 December I will be awarded a Master of Laws (LLM) degree by UCT.  This, as many media reports have noted, is 49 years after I first submitted... 

Constitutionalism and the quality of democracy: are we immune to fascism?

30th October 2018 In contemporary South Africa much attention is rightly devoted to restoring legality, constitutionalism and practices that conform to what is... 

The place of the popular and the populist

24th October 2018 It is common in political commentary -locally and internationally- to treat the popular and populist as one. It is important that they be... 

Breaking with Zumaism

8th October 2018 The hope has been repeatedly expressed that the onset of Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidency of the ANC and the country would represent a break with the... 

Gandhi and Mandela: a tentative interpretation

2nd October 2018 Mohandas Karamchand “Mahatma” Gandhi and Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela were very different types of persons in most respects. But it is too easy to... 

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