Category Archives: Accountability

Dramatic scenes in South Africa’s parliament during Zuma’s 2015 State of the Nation Address

Nobody expected Jacob Zuma’s 2015 State of the Nation Address (SONA) to be a humdrum affair. But the reality – punctuated by mobile phone jamming, wresting matches and a mass walkout – was more bizarre than most could have imagined. … Continue reading

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What do the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown tell us about democracy in the US?

The official motto of the town of Ferguson is ‘Proud past. Promising Future.’ That vision lies in ruins today amid unprecedented public protests sparked by the strangulation of Eric Garner and the shooting of Michael Brown. These killings have led … Continue reading

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Message to South Africa’s opposition: forget about Zuma, remember your voters

South Africa’s opposition parties have been busy of late. Busy looking for Jacob Zuma. They’ve looked high, and low, and tried every trick in the book to seek him out. Opposition politicians want Zuma to appear in parliament so they can ask … Continue reading

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