Category Archives: Political Parties

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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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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Southern Africa: haven for dominant party states

Southern Africa provides fertile ground for dominant political parties, many of whom have been around for longer than most of their citizens have been alive. The ANC in South Africa has enjoyed an unbroken 20 year spell in power since the … Continue reading

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King Cobra has lashed out for the last time – the rise and fall of Michael Sata

When I first started following Zambian politics, Michael Sata – who died on October 28 in London – was already a seasoned political operator, having served in senior government positions since Kenneth Kaunda’s one party state in the 1980s. By 2009 … Continue reading

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As Zambia turns fifty, President Sata goes AWOL (again)

On Friday 24th of October, Zambia celebrated fifty years of independence from the British. This was a significant moment and it was rightly celebrated in style. Commemorations were organised across the country, including a gala event and fireworks display at Lusaka’s Heroes Stadium … Continue reading

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