African countries need to up their game to embed constitutional democracy

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Charles Manga Fombad, University of Pretoria The issue of constitutional literacy has attracted very little attention in scholarship on constitutionalism in Africa. Constitutional literacy involves educating people about a country’s constitution. This gap isn’t surprising because most early constitutions were imposed by departing colonial powers. They were perceived as alien […]

How a chief defied apartheid and upheld democracy for the good of his people

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By Jill E. Kelly, Associate Professor of History, Southern Methodist University The recently released report of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s advisory panel on land reform, and the latest efforts to force through two controversial traditional authority bills, point to the continued legacies of changes to the relationship between traditional leaders, their followers, and land […]