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Kiir and Machar: insights into South Sudan’s strongmen

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Salva Kiir and Riek Machar loom large over South Sudan’s recent history. And they will keep holding the future of the young nation in...

ISS: Burkina Faso’s junta under pressure to deliver on security promises

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The junta in power in Ouagadougou justified the 24 January coup by citing the inability of former president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré’s government to...

ISS: Rising insecurity a setback for The Gambia’s transition

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After two decades of dictatorship, The Gambia embraced democracy with President Adama Barrow’s 2016 election victory. But as is often the case in transitions...

Defence Minister and her deputy no high flyers in the gifts and hospitality stakes

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The civilians appointed by SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Commander-in-Chief, President Cyril Ramaphosa, are not high flyers in the accepted sense with both Minister...

Guilty verdict in Sankara trial shows power of activists to fight impunity in Burkina...

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On April 6, 2022, a military tribunal in Burkina Faso found 11 men, including the former president, Blaise Compaoré, guilty of “attacks on state...

Peace in South Sudan hinges on forging a unified military force: but it’s proving...

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Implementation of the 2018 peace agreement in South Sudan lags significantly behind its mandated schedule. One of the reasons for this slow progress is...

ISS: New SA police chief’s main test is winning public trust

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South Africa’s new national commissioner of police, General Fannie Masemola is by all accounts a competent career professional. When he took office on 1...

No signs of a true transition in Chad a year after Idriss Déby’s death

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Many Chadians are looking to the capital of Qatar where almost 50 political-military movements and representatives of the Chadian transitional government have been engaged...

Vigilantism, crime, illegal migration will be dealt with – President Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has used his weekly newsletter to condemn anti-foreigner sentiments, acts of vigilantism and assure citizens that government is dealing with illegal...

Ramaphosa lifts national state of disaster

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Over two years of government imposed regulatory measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa ended on Monday when President Cyril Ramaphosa...

President Ramaphosa starts testimony at July unrest hearings

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country “stared into the heart of darkness” during the height of the July 2021 unrest. The President was giving his...

President Ramaphosa to present testimony at July unrest hearings

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to appear at the South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC) National Investigative Hearing into the July 2021 Unrest in...

DIRCO to appeal Cuba aid court order

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The South African government’s intention to donate R50 million for Cuba, temporarily on hold following a court order, was an agenda item at last...

ISS: Will SADC stand up to Mswati?

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While South African President Cyril Ramaphosa appears to be toying with the ambitious notion of mediating in Russia’s war against Ukraine, two more modest...

ISS: Senegal’s ambitious goals for its African Union presidency

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At the February African Union (AU) summit, President Macky Sall was sworn in as rotating chair of the continental body for 2022. The priorities...

ISS: Chad’s long road to reconciliation

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Since former president Idriss Déby Itno’s death on the battlefield in April 2021, Chad has been governed by a Transitional Military Council. Led by...

ISS: Burundi’s return to the international fold

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Since his inauguration in 2020, President Évariste Ndayishimiye has introduced a raft of foreign and domestic policy reforms to salvage Burundi’s international reputation and...

ISS: Democracy alone is no guarantee of development

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Until 1989, Africa was characterised by many authoritarian governments. After that, democracy took root as countries abolished military dictatorships, undertook constitutional reviews and embraced...

First part of Parliamentary fire report completed

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The bulk of a preliminary assessment and report on fire damage to two buildings in the Parliamentary precinct are complete according to Public Works...

Zondo Commission report delayed

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Denel watchers from – hopefully – former Cabinet ministers and board members through to employees as well as the wider South African defence community...

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