South African politicians, not bureaucrats, stand in the way of a professional civil service

By Mcebisi Ndletyana, University of Johannesburg The post-COVID-19 world will demand that governments do more with less, or at least spend within their means. Economic activity has ground to a … Read More

What by-elections in South Africa say about the ruling party and the state of opposition

By Dirk Kotze, University of South Africa Special significance is often attached to by-elections. They are regarded as barometers of change in the political mood of a country. For parties, … Read More

Biden wins – experts on what it means for race relations, US foreign policy and the Supreme Court

By Brian J Purnell, Bowdoin College; Morgan Marietta, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Neta C. Crawford, Boston University The American public has had its say and for the first time … Read More

Book reveals new, surprising nuggets about Nelson Mandela’s last years in jail

Gavin Evans, Birkbeck, University of London Twenty years ago the South African academic Jan-Ad Stemmet met the apartheid era justice minister Kobie Coetsee, who announced he had transcripts of 13,000 … Read More

Africa’s presidents have been wrongly stereotyped: what we can learn from Kenya

By Anaïs Angelo, Universität Wien All-powerful presidents are an essential part of a stereotypical representation of African politics controlled by a few individuals, rather than by institutions. This view has … Read More