Deepening Democracy through Access to Information

Raymond Suttner

The crisis of our times cannot be resolved simply by electing new ANC leaders: We need a new alignment of forces

17th January 2022 The decline of the ANC bears a relation to a broader deterioration in democratic life and respect for constitutionalism. It is important not to see... 

Making sense of the ANC local government defeats

29th November 2021 The outcome of the recent local government elections constitutes a severe setback for the ANC, but insofar as no other party marshalled majority... 

What went wrong? Saving the democratic project needs more than elections to maintain close links with the people

16th November 2021 We are living in confusing times. During the Struggle for freedom, it was clear to those who were actively involved that one had to take sides and... 


ANC defeat, crisis of the democratic order and how to rebuild

9th November 2021 The Local Government Election results have created a crisis for the ANC as well as challenges for the DA, that also lost votes. It throws open the... 

Democracy takes a hit: Ways of recovering our political power

2nd November 2021 The recent local government elections are unlikely to improve the lot of the poor who live in squalor, but there may be a more dangerous fallout,... 

Things fall apart in South Africa today and ANC leadership appears unable to act decisively

25th October 2021 There is a general sense of “things falling apart” in South Africa today, something more than corruption or widespread ineffectiveness, but a... 

If we want to remedy our current choiceless democracy, we must re-establish link between politics and the people

12th October 2021 There is a general sense of cynicism about the forthcoming elections. Political parties are not trusted, and their undertakings are not believed.... 

Has South Africa managed Covid well?

7th October 2021 South Africa managed Covid as well as it could, according to President Cyril Ramaphosa. It is an important assertion and a question to consider... 

Revitalising democratic life

22nd September 2021 On various campaign visits to communities in recent days, the ANC and Cyril Ramaphosa himself continue to provide evidence to many who were likely... 

“Where there is no vision, the people perish” – Proverbs 29:18.

13th September 2021 In my recent article on “deZumafication”, I referred to the absence of vision in the post-Zuma era. (See “’De-Zumafication’” and the possibly... 

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