Meet Johannesburg’s New Libertarian Mayor

Interview by Leon Louw Herman Mashaba is an unlikely mayor for South Africa’s largest city. In a country that has been dominated for more than two decades by the left-wing African National Congress (ANC), no one foresaw political victory for a self-declared “capitalist crusader,” property rights zealot, and beauty products mogul who opposes the minimum …

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Exiting the ICC: South Africa betrays world, its own history

Henning Melber, University of Pretoria Once upon a time there was a country the majority of whose people were oppressed and systematically discriminated against by a minority regime. The violation of human rights was a structural feature of its system, euphemistically called “separate development”. The execution of power claimed to be based on the rule …

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South Africans take stock as country celebrates Freedom Day

Dirk Kotze, University of South Africa More than any other public holiday, South Africa’s Freedom Day serves as a symbol of how far the country has come since its historic elections in 1994. The country’s peaceful, negotiated transition from an apartheid past earned it international acclaim. It represented the new values of inclusive politics, reconciliation …

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Can the ANC survive the end of South Africa’s heroic epoch?

Keith Gottschalk, University of the Western Cape South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) has gone through episodic crises in its century of existence. Right now, the media and commentariat are seized with debate about whether or not it is in a crisis and whether it is as serious as any other. The party has …

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Zuma court ruling: South Africans witness a massive day for democracy

Hugh Corder, University of Cape Town The accountability of public governance in South Africa has come a long way since 1994. When the transitional constitution was hammered out in negotiations in 1993, the primary consideration was to establish an unshakeable commitment to government under law in terms of a binding constitution. Founded on the “rule …

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