Refugees in Africa faced bitter disappointments in 2016

Cristiano D’Orsi, University of Johannesburg This year, 471,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) voted in presidential elections. They voted even though most of them live in exile in Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo and Chad, having fled an ongoing civil war which began in 2012. Their participation reflects a collective determination to …

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Book review: finding a vocabulary to judge Thabo Mbeki

Peter Vale, University of Johannesburg South Africa’s second democratically elected president remains a puzzle to many notwithstanding Mark Gevisser, who wrote the fine 2007 biography, “Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred”. Of course, there are many different explanations for why he puzzles us so. Also, why he haunts our politics nine years after he lost the …

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South Africa is limiting the right to protest

Jane Duncan, University of Johannesburg This year marks the 40th anniversary of the June 16 uprisings in South Africa. The apartheid regime responded brutally to the ensuing protests, with police shooting live ammunition at protesting schoolchildren. Given this history, to what extent does South Africa respect the right to protest today? The question should be …

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What South Africa is doing to make a dent in cyber crime

Basie von Solms, University of Johannesburg Last year South Africa had the most cyber attacks of any country on the continent. In 2014, losses reached an estimated R5 billion annually through cyber crime. The year before, the Norton Report rated South Africa third on the list of the number of cyber victims in the world. …

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The lesser known story of India’s role in Ethiopian land deals

Mohammad Amir Anwar, University of Johannesburg The global food price crises between 2008 and 2009 led countries that bore the brunt of the catastrophe to look elsewhere for agricultural land to mitigate the effects. In 2008 prices of some foods, including wheat, soared by 130% in a single year and the United Nation’s Food and …

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