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Marking June 16 this year

Marking June 16 this year

By: Raymond Suttner     18th June 2019 Visiting any mall or reading advertising inserts in South African newspapers or emails from various commercial outlets, one learns that June 16 is... 

New cabinet and constructive support for the “new dawn”

New cabinet and constructive support for the “new dawn”

By: Raymond Suttner     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

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

By: Raymond Suttner     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... 

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The judiciary, State capture and the future

The judiciary, State capture and the future

By: Raymond Suttner     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?

How do we understand democracy and human freedom?  

By: Raymond Suttner     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

The ANC’s representational crises

By: Raymond Suttner     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

Makhanda’s attack on Grahamstown

By: Raymond Suttner     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

Restoring ethics, trust and compassion into South African politics 

By: Raymond Suttner     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”

Reclaiming political agency in a time of “choiceless democracy”

By: Raymond Suttner     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

The Christchurch massacre: leadership in New Zealand and South Africa

By: Raymond Suttner     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... 

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