How a Nazi legal theory is threatening constitutional democracy today

2019-01-18 09:18

The recent revival of a theory that asserts that only the leader can claim to know when the State is threatened and needs an exceptional decision, poses a threat to countries world wide, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

Kganyago: Reserve Bank came under attack, but we survived

2018-12-10 21:05

Receiving his honorary doctorate from Stellenbosch University, Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago slammed those guilty of graft, and stressed the importance of transformation.

Remembering Mandela's version of liberalism - inclusive and diverse

2018-12-05 07:34

South Africans will have to reimagine the possibility of community if they want to live together peacefully in this country, writes Amanda Gouws.

ANC a trojan force in our constitutional democracy

2018-11-22 09:22

Anyone, be it a conglomerate or ordinary gang, and indeed all types of predators, who wants to steal state resources uses the fastest but safest means, the ANC, as their Trojan Horse.

In Myanmar, economic opportunity and a renewed commitment to democracy are on the horizon if leader Aung San Suu Kyi wants them

2018-09-19 08:05

She has two options: she can stay quiet to appease the nation’s military leadership, or she can step in and urge the president to pardon two Reuters reporters.

How China is changing democracy in Africa

2018-08-23 15:03

Many African leaders are increasingly using China's example of having development without democracy, to argue that Africa can forego democracy in pursuing growth, writes William Gumede.

SA's democracy faces a major threat, and nobody is talking about it

2018-07-30 08:56

The topic of the impending collapse of municipalities has moved to the bottom of priorities in the national discourse, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Rainbow nation was a pipe dream

2018-07-22 10:10

I still remember my days at kindergarten very well. It was a time when one did not even know there were differences between white and black people, writes Muano Liphadzi.

The new is not yet born

2018-07-08 05:55

The Ramaphosa-led government will succeed only if it goes back to the drawing board and looks at the fundamental issue of statecraft, writes Nomboniso Gasa.

Vigilance is the price of sustaining democracy

2018-06-24 06:20

Although Zuma is gone, we must keep investigative journalism alive, writes Tawana Kupe.


Mangosuthu Buthelezi on his legacy: 'I believe in the goodwill of people'

2018-12-16 15:33

More than a year after announcing an intention to retire from politics, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has still not retired and seemingly waiting for the IFP to constitute a national congress in order to elect a new leader.

We should all be Iman Rappetti

2018-12-06 09:23

When Iman Rappetti stood up to Given Mkhari and Johann Rupert during the Chairman's Conversation at her own expense she did what others in the room failed to do, writes Tshidi Madia.

A war against the media is a war against democracy

2018-11-26 08:23

What is worrying about the attitudes towards the media in South Africa is the willingness by politicians to openly name the journalists they don't like, writes Ralph Mathekga.

The rainbow nation 2.0

2018-09-23 11:59

In 2018 employing two languages interchangeably in conversation is common practice, at least for most South African millennials I know. This phenomenon is referred to as code-mixing or code-switching, writes Lerato Sibanda.

The missing link in our transformation process

2018-08-28 05:00

We have grossly underestimated the impact of the legacy of colonial conquest and apartheid on our capacity to reinvent ourselves as citizens of a democratic just society, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

Turning and turning, can Cyril hold the centre?

2018-08-13 06:01

To make South Africa work, President Cyril Ramaphosa is going to have to draw a line in the sand, admit to the challenges and failures, and how we got here. Most importantly, he's going to have to hold the centre of the ANC.

On the road back to Mandela's progressive values

2018-07-24 08:21

South Africa has regressed into an erosion of democracy, cheap populist politics, a culture of entitlement, ethnic nationalism, polarisation and intolerance. We need to find our way back, writes Max du Preez.

Why the heroes and villains dichotomy?

2018-07-15 10:15

We must celebrate all our heroes instead of worshipping one at the expense of the other because this leads to dangerous ‘sellout’ narratives, writes Oyama Mabandla.

Masters of our own destiny

2018-07-08 00:00

South Africa was privileged to have been blessed with a leader of the brilliance of Nelson Mandela, writes Mathews Phosa.

Push back against nascent fascism, SA

2018-06-20 06:01

For the sake of the country we love, right-thinking South Africans must hold hands from across historic divides and push back against nascent fascism, writes Solly Moeng.

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