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Ecowas: why withdrawal of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso signals fresh trouble for the...

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On 27 January 2024, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger announced their plan to withdraw from membership of the Economic Community of West African States...

Niger and Russia are forming military ties: 3 ways this could upset old allies

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In July 2023, Niger’s military took over in a coup just two years after the country’s first transition to civilian power. The coup has...

South Africa’s ICJ case has already altered its foreign policy space

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South Africa’s decision to take Israel to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on charges of genocide has elicited polarised global responses. Critics accuse...

Lawfare: South Africa at the ICJ

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The South African government is proud of its activist foreign policy in speaking out on the big international issues of the day. Its case...

Ethiopia’s deal with Somaliland upends regional dynamics, risking strife across the Horn of Africa

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The Horn of Africa ushered in the new year with news of a deal that would ensure that diplomatic relations in the region got...

Ramaphosa slammed for SADC DR Congo deployment

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Going to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), even as part of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission, is “reckless” and a “politically...

Young Africans could disrupt authoritarian states but they don’t – here’s why

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Africa has the world’s largest youth population. By 2030, 75% of the African population will be under the age of 35. The number of...

UN political mission in Sudan closes doors

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Time is up for the United Nations (UN) political mission – UN Integrated Transitional Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) – in Sudan with its...

Leadership development programme wraps up at Dunnottar

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Eight hundred and twenty-three National Rural Youth Service (NARYSEC) corpsmen and women are ready to boost rural areas with infrastructure development and economic growth...

SA reports progress in addressing anti-money laundering systems

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The South African government says it has made progress in addressing the 20 technical compliance difficulties in its anti-money laundering system that led to...

Why aren’t sanctions preventing coups in Africa?

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In response to the resurgence of coups since 2019, the African Union (AU) and regional economic blocs have issued sanctions against errant states, predominantly...

No gifts or hospitality for Defence Minister and Deputy

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The public representatives named by President Cyril Ramaphosa to oversee the national defence and military veterans portfolio do not accept gifts and or hospitality...

Fight against illegal mining yielding results – Ramaphosa

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In his weekly newsletter to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa says the fight against illegal mining is seeing results. Last week, the Ministers in government’s...

South Africa says it is addressing deficiencies that led to grey listing

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The South African government is working hard to address deficiencies in the fight against organised crime and illegal financial flows, said Minister of Finance...

Africa’s three waves of coups

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Generalising about the 100 coups in post-independence Africa is difficult, but common primary drivers can be discerned. The toppling of King Farouk in 1952 by...

Cabinet welcomes White House response to Lady R matter

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South Africa’s Cabinet has welcomed the acknowledgement of the US National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, of the seriousness with which President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed...

Monetary cost to SA of Lady R would be “speculative” – Ramaphosa

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The Lady R investigation and its report – with the exception of an executive summary – will remain secret as will, it appears, the...

Africa can end its rash of military coups

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Military coups were common in Africa during the Cold War, and now seem to be returning. Between January 2020 and August 2023, there were...

Lady R “panel” appointments by the book – SA Presidency

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, via the Presidency spokesman, poured cold water onto a court attempt by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to challenge his...

Lady R inquiry report to be challenged in court

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Another challenge – this time legal – is on the way for the Ramaphosa administration in the wake of the release of a summary...

Another call for release of full Lady R report

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Non-profit organisation (NPO) Open Secrets has added its voice to the chorus of those calling for the full Lady R judicial commission of inquiry...

Parliament to have a security chief after an eight year absence

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It’s taken over eight years to find a suitable person to take on the responsibility of security for the South African Parliament. A 7 September...

Questions still abound around Lady R

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An executive summary of the Lady R “independent investigation” raises more questions than answers, two opposition parliamentarians maintain. Freedom Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald...

Russia in Africa: Prigozhin’s death exposes Putin’s real motives on the continent

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The apparent assassination of Yevgeny Prigozhin in the crash of his private jet between Moscow and St. Petersburg represents an inflection point in Russian-African...

Kenya and SA to boost military co-operation

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Defence relations between Kenya and South Africa are to be strengthened, with at least five areas identified during a visit this week by a...

Niger: another symptom of Africa’s weak crisis-response capacity

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Last month’s coup in Niger once again revealed Africa’s crisis of multilateralism. Political and security developments in Niger and other African countries confirm the...

South Africa contributes to silencing the guns – Ramaphosa

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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa used the upcoming BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Johannesburg to outline foreign policy, including...

Civilian support for military coups is rising in parts of Africa: why the reasons...

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On the night of 13 January 1963, Togo’s President Sylvanus Olympio was shot dead by rebels in the first military coup staged in Africa....

Relative stability in the SADC region – Tshishekedi

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) this week marked its own day with chair Felix Tshisekedi pointing to “relatively stable peace and security” in...

Military coups in Africa: here’s what determines a return to civilian rule

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Slightly more than two years after Niger’s first peaceful handover of power from one civilian president to another, the military seized power in July...

ISS: From Russia, with little to show for it

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Russian President Vladimir Putin was hoping for a record turnout of African leaders at the second Russia-Africa summit in St Petersburg last week to...

What caused the coup in Niger? An expert outlines three driving factors

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At an emergency meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, on 30 July, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) demanded the “immediate release and reinstatement”...

Mali catastrophe accelerating under junta rule

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The threat of militant Islamist groups is spreading to all parts of Mali as the military junta stakes its claim to stay in power...

Government “strengthened” anti-corruption systems – Godongwana

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No less a personage than President Cyril Ramaphosa’s finance minister admits no system is “watertight” against corruption. This formed part of a written reply by...

Senegal: behind the protests is a fight for democratic freedoms

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In a late evening announcement on 3 July, President Macky Sall put an end to speculations that he would seek a third term in...

ISS: Prigozhin’s rebellion throws Wagner’s African future into doubt

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The brazen but brief rebellion that Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin launched in Russia at the weekend, and the deal he cut with Russian President...

Opposition parties seek Parliamentary answers on African Peace Mission

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Predictably, the South African Parliament in the form of its International Relations and Co-operation Portfolio Committee, “applauded” the mid-month Cyril Ramaphosa-led African peace mission...

Wagner group mercenaries in Africa: why there hasn’t been any effective opposition to drive...

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It is easy to understand what African rulers see in the mercenary group Wagner. Its fighters can be deployed quickly. It brings sophisticated arms...

No evidence of sanctions against South Africa, gov says in wake of Lady R

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Presidential spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, has batted away suggestions that South Africa may be hit with international sanctions due to its non-aligned stance regarding the...

Sudan conflict: how China and Russia are involved and the differences between them

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As clashes continue between the Sudanese military and rapid support forces, the current and historic role of foreign governments in Sudanese affairs is under...

African Heads of State to embark on peace mission to Ukraine and Russia

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President Cyril Ramaphosa along with five African Heads of State will in the coming weeks travel to Ukraine and Russia on an African Peace...

South Africa’s pact with Russia – and its actions – cast doubt on its...

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Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 South Africa has proclaimed a policy of non-alignment in that conflict. This position was placed in...

Africa’s Russia-Ukraine peace mission: what can it achieve?

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South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to lead an initiative of six African heads of state to explore an end to the year-long...

National Treasury sets aside R265 million to get SA off grey list

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Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana says efforts to get the country off the global Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list are well underway, with...

ISS: Wheels come off South Africa’s hollow version of non-alignment

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Following United States (US) Ambassador Reuben Brigety’s accusations that South Africa supplied arms to Russia, attention has rightfully focused on the credibility of the...

Russian embassy defends Lady R visit to South Africa

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The Russian Embassy in South Africa has said the United States totally fabricated allegations that South Africa loaded weaponry aboard the Russian vessel Lady...

ISS: Pretoria once again on the horns of an ICC dilemma

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Just as South Africa was done rescinding its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the saga of former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir’s...

Sudan’s conflict has its roots in three decades of elites fighting over oil and...

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Sudan stands on the brink of yet another civil war sparked by the deadly confrontation between the Sudan Armed Forces of General Abdelfatah El-Burhan...

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