Ousted former president Thabo Mbeki takes over from Judge Bernard Ngoepe to become the University of South Africa’s newest Chancellor.
ANC stalwart and former finance minister Trevor Manuel has spoken out about state capture and what he calls a lack of experience when it comes to the current government.
Hey, stranger things have happened in South African politics…
As former president Thabo Mbeki fires another epistolary salvo against his critics, journalists and online editors have taken the bait, spreading rumours and misinformation that have their roots in a racist world-view
The moment we thought South Africa’s Supreme Leader – Jacob Zuma of the #zumamustfall and #nkandla ‘tagacy’ – is single-handedly doing enough to keep keen #tagtrollers erect with excitement; back bounces a blast from our denialist past in the form of the #MbekiLetters.
JOHANNESBURG (In Other News) – Giving his political career a much needed shot in the arm, former president Thabo Mbeki has released the first of a series of letters to clear his name. Analysts believe the timing of letters points to a “complex and multi-layered” attempt from the ousted leader to regain power.
Anyone who still believes that the alliance between the ANC, SACP and Cosatu is still alive and well is delusional; according to ex-deputy president and president-for-a-while Kgalema Motlanthe.
The LSE is hosting a public exhibition titled “South Africa’s Democracy – Mandela’s Cherished Ideal” running for the month of September. The exhibition, displaying the highs and lows of South Africa’s journey into democracy, was put together by the Universities of Cape Town, Wits and Fort Hare
“There are so many messages in the booing of Jacob Zuma. The first is that South Africans are suspicious of power. They are quick to show contempt for people who they feel have abused power. People worry that the ANC might tear up the constitution and try to govern forever. But South African political culture is too irreverent to let anyone govern forever.”
A new documentary introduces an outside view about the demise of apartheid, bringing a previously unknown, international perspective on South Africa’s transformation
Leading South African author and journalist Mark Gevisser’s new book ‘Dispatcher’ is about memory, identity and his intense personal relationship with his home-town, Johannesburg.
The former South African President might come back to the National Assembly as an MP – if the ANC let him
African leaders’ “club of silence” – the refusal to criticise each other or intervene in times of crisis – has kept Robert Mugabe in power up to now. But how has South African president Jacob Zuma gained from support of Mugabe in the face of consistent criticism?
With the G8 summit currently underway in Northern Ireland, Prime Minister David Cameron is in hot water over claims the UK government spied on South African, Russian and Turkish delegates at two G20 summits in London.