Deepening Democracy through Access to Information

Raymond Suttner

New cabinet and constructive support for the “new dawn”

3rd June 2019 Many people welcomed the removal of Jacob Zuma as State President and provided constructive support (and criticism) for the Cyril Ramaphosa-led... 

Cyril Ramaphosa’s choices, constraints and the question of trust

20th May 2019 For some time, it has been clear that the ANC operates with at least two contesting centres of power. On the one hand there is that centred around... 

The judiciary, State capture and the future

14th May 2019 Many democrats are wary of an unelected judiciary entering the political fray by deciding cases that have significant political implications. The... 


How do we understand democracy and human freedom?

6th May 2019 Is South Africa a liberal democracy and if so, does that provide the quality of freedom that we require? What is the democracy that we celebrate on... 

The ANC’s representational crises

23rd April 2019 The ANC led by President Cyril Ramaphosa may secure a majority or increase its share of the votes in May 8’s national elections. However, we are... 

Makhanda’s attack on Grahamstown

23rd April 2019 April 22 marks the bi-centenary of the attack on the British garrison in Grahamstown, led by warrior-prophet, Makhanda, in whose honour the town... 

Restoring ethics, trust and compassion into South African politics

8th April 2019 Many feel “depressed” or “disillusioned” and do not know what to do with their vote and do not see a way out of the current dissolute politics.... 

Reclaiming political agency in a time of “choiceless democracy”

3rd April 2019 The ambiguity of ANC hegemony.  It is very likely that the national elections to be held on May 8 will be free and fair and also, that the ANC will... 

The Christchurch massacre: leadership in New Zealand and South Africa

25th March 2019 In the wake of the mosque massacres in Christchurch, New Zealand, many have admired the actions of New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. It... 

25 years of democracy (Part 5): xenophobia repudiates foundational values of democratic South Africa

19th March 2019 Why is xenophobia so important? Some readers may believe that the title of this article places too much weight on xenophobia.  It comprises a set... 

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