How do we understand Nelson Mandela @100? (Polity video interview, 30 May 2018)


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100 days of Cyril Ramaphosa’s leadership (Polity video interview 30 May 2018)



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How do we understand Nelson Mandela@100? (Polity, reprinted Daily Maverick, 29 May 2018)

The centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth is an opportunity to reflect on the character of his life.  Continue reading

Power and sexual abuse (Polity video interview, 23 May 2018)


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ANC recovery and democratic recovery-not the same thing (Polity video interview 23 May 2018)


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ANC recovery and democratic recovery-not the same thing (Polity 21 May 2018, reprinted Daily Maverick)

There is no doubt that very many South Africans feel more positive about political developments since the election of Cyril Ramaphosa to the ANC presidency in December and a few months later to the state presidency. Continue reading

Democratic state crisis holds security dangers (Polity, 14 May 2018)

Last week I wrote an article referring to a democratic and state crisis. (  I feared that what I wrote may have been superseded by events.  Continue reading

Democratic project in trouble. How does it get remedied? (Polity 7 May 2018, reprinted Daily Maverick)

It is well known that Cyril Ramaphosa’s election as ANC president in December was by a small number of votes and that he was elected alongside others in the top leadership who were former president Jacob Zuma’s supporters. Continue reading

How do we understand our freedom? (Polity 30 April 2018, reprinted Daily Maverick)

How do we celebrate Freedom Day, or should we celebrate Freedom Day at all in South Africa, 24 years after the first democratic elections, years that have seen very mixed results, evoking joy but also great disappointment?  Continue reading