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South Africa’s new police watchdog bill weakens rule of law

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      8th August 2023 A new bill before Parliament proposing amendments to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) Act raises the contentious question of... 

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Prices 15 times higher in Senegal than Nigeria? Daily newspaper misquotes Lagos deputy governor – who also got his facts wrong

By: Africa Check     8th August 2023 A national newspaper in Nigeria recently carried a striking headline about inflation. “Video: My Senegalese friend said prices of things in... 

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Incarcerated women deserve greater protection against violence and inhumane conditions

8th August 2023 Poor conditions and examples of physical violence in our women’s prisons is an uncomfortable subject that remains overlooked in our society. But as... 

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Umlungu: the colourful history of a word used to describe white people in South Africa

8th August 2023 In South Africa “umlungu” is a word that’s commonly used to refer to white people. It comes from isiXhosa, the language of the country’s Xhosa... 

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How to build financial resilience: insurance and retirement savings are the most effective tools in South Africa – study

8th August 2023 Imagine you’ve found yourself in a difficult financial situation and needed to raise R40 000 (more than US$2 000) on the spot. Where and how would... 

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An expanded Brics could reset world politics but picking new members isn’t straightforward

7th August 2023 Eager to escape perceived western domination, several countries – mostly in the global south – are looking to join the Brics bloc. The five-country... 

Raymond Suttner

The contribution of the UDF and People’s Power to our understandings of freedom – Part one 

By: Raymond Suttner     7th August 2023 When one looks at the statements made in commemorating 40 years since the formation of the United Democratic Front (UDF) one does not generally get... 

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Africa, beware the dangers that digital influence poses for elections

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      7th August 2023 When William Ruto and Raila Odinga competed for Kenya’s presidency last August, ‘we knew that this election was going to be won on tech,’ a leading... 

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From Russia, with little to show for it  

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      4th August 2023 Russian President Vladimir Putin was hoping for a record turnout of African leaders at the second Russia-Africa summit in St Petersburg last week... 

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Post-truth energy politics

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2023 In any healthy democracy, debate is not only vital but should be encouraged. However, a healthy democracy also requires that the contestation of... 

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