ARTICLES RELATING TO DEMOCRACY

Accept our challenges

2017-04-23 06:17

Radical economic transformation is already under way, but government must work to increase the scale and pace of our interventions, writes Cyril Ramaphosa.

Rwanda and SA: Truth not enough to set you free

2017-04-09 06:13

The year 1994 was significant for Africa. South ­Africa made a peaceful transition to democracy. But on a darker note, Rwanda experienced a ­tragic and violent genocide, writes Cori Wielenga.

How ‘the people’ can capture the state

2017-04-04 05:02

If the citizenry can take practical steps to implement direct democracy, this country may again provide an example to the world, says Terry Bell.

The reality of state failure is setting in

2017-03-20 07:29

Of all the three arms of government only the judiciary seems to be functioning. Even worse is that Parliament and the executive are ganging up to perpetuate the collapse of the rule of law, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Molefe not the people's choice

2017-02-24 08:00

It is doubtful that ANC voters had in mind the possibility that the face of state capture, who was not even a politician, could be parachuted into Parliament ahead of party activists, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Where has our brilliance gone?

2017-01-27 09:08

As a nation we have proved we can be brilliant in the most difficult of circumstances. But our moments of brilliance are drying up. We need to take stock, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

SA drops 2 places on democracy index

2017-01-26 10:57

South Africa, classified as a “flawed democracy” dropped two places in its ranking on the The Economist's latest democracy index.

Friends & Friction: Desiderata, SA style: how to face the year

2017-01-15 10:10

It is going to be a tough couple of years. The race to Mahlamba Ndlopfu, the president’s official residence in Pretoria, will get uglier as we approach the finish line.

Democracy for rural people under threat

2017-01-15 06:03

A new proposed bill could lead to the reintroduction of an undemocratic system that reduces black people to tribal subjects based purely on where they live, writes Fani Ncapayi.

SA’s great expectations for the new year

2017-01-08 00:08

My son turned 22 this year. When I look at him, I see South Africa at 22.

 

The race for equality

2017-04-09 06:13

The second annual Anti-racism Week came to an end on March 21. Mandla Nkomfe writes that closing the economic inequality gap and changing racial attitudes is essential to combatting racism in the long term.

WATCH: Treasury shake-up cost SA R1.5bn extra in debt costs

2017-04-04 14:57

The hike in bond yields caused by President Jacob Zuma’s reshuffle and SA's downgrade to junk status will result in South Africa paying more for its high debt costs.

Grumpy SA prepared to give up democracy for better life - index

2017-03-20 15:43

Citizens of SA, which has been ranked 101 out of 155 countries on the UN Happiness Index in 2017, are willing to give up their democratic rights for better living conditions.

Aristotle stole Africa's idea of democracy – Ekurhuleni EFF

2017-03-18 15:42

The EFF in Ekurhuleni claimed that ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle took the idea of democracy from the Ancient Egyptians and Ethiopians.

Taking lessons for SA from Obama’s valedictory speeches

2017-02-05 11:17

With first Afrikaner nationalism and now African nationalism in SA, Obama’s farewell speeches present a cautionary tale about how the country could be going,

Unseating African dictators: Why are South Africans, Zimbabweans politically impotent?

2017-01-26 15:21

Will what has happened in The Gambia help persuade SADC to move towards more effective interventions to remove dictators and other illegitimate rulers?

New index of economic democracy: Can it predict sweeping change in countries?

2017-01-18 10:28

With neoliberal policies pushing voters towards the right, a university professor's index could help predict major political change on the basis of economic marginalisation.

We need the moment of Mafube

2017-01-15 06:03

We black South Africans mistook the birth of our democracy as an end in itself, writes Tsepo ya Rona-Mamatu.

Phumlani Majozi: It’s time for ANC to go – here’s how its elite has ‘urinated’ on us all

2017-01-12 09:37

Despite its impeccable credentials, the ANC has ‘urinated’ on the constitution and caused serious harm to the economy. It's high time to vote them out, says an analyst.

ANC must preserve its legacy of #BlackExcellence

2016-12-15 09:06

When the ANC says that Madiba was member, they are not saying that to reduce his legacy, but to show that the party is capable of remarkable things. It must be careful to protect that legacy, writes Yonela Diko.

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