Governance

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...

South Africa remains ICC participant, government says in turnaround

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The Presidency has moved to clarify that South Africa remains a signatory to the Rome Statute and a participant in the International Criminal Court...

Omar al-Bashir brutalised Sudan – how his 30-year legacy is playing out today

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Since independence in 1956 the Sudanese have lived through 35 coups, attempted coups and coup plots – more than any other African country. When...

South Africa progressing on meeting FATF recommendations

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South African Deputy President Paul Mashatile maintains the country is making “significant progress” in addressing recommended actions by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)...

Police, soldiers praised for good work on national shutdown day

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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet has applauded the efforts of the military and police ensuring there were no major incidents during the 20 March national...

SADC putting the brakes on money laundering, terror financing

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat is stepping up the region’s resolve to fight money laundering, terrorism financing and proliferation finance. There is a...

SANDF deployment during national shutdown was “wasteful” – EFF

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In the wake of this week’s national shutdown called by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), party leader Julius Malema heaped scorn on government for...

Modise piggery cruelty case not over

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Despite another legal setback, the National Council of SPCAs, with the assistance of AfriForum’s private prosecution unit, is going ahead with its case of...

Diplomacy and security on new SA number two’s to do list

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South Africa’s new number two, Deputy President Paul Mashatile, is expected to be an active player on the diplomatic, military veterans and wider security...

Hawks boss to ensure country complies with FATF after greylisting

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National Hawks head, Lieutenant General Advocate Godfrey Lebeya, says the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) will begin to focus its attention on ensuring...

Government action plan will deal with grey listing

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The South African Cabinet’s International Co-operation, Trade and Security (ICTS) cluster notes the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) decision to list South Africa as...

ISS: New targets needed to manage West Africa’s military transitions

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Since August 2020, five coups have occurred in three West African countries – Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea. The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau have weathered...

ISS: Shades of grey – FATF lists South Africa and Nigeria

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The greylisting of South Africa last month by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has made waves in the country, occupying substantial media attention....

Another step on the SADC road to improved disaster management

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A working Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional humanitarian and emergency operations centre in Mozambique is the forerunner of a similar one covering the...

US Republican lawmakers launch bill denouncing South Africa’s naval exercises with China and Russia

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On 21 February, a new piece of legislation was introduced in the United States Congress — in the House of Representatives — by Representative...

FATF grey lists South Africa over money laundering and terrorism funding concerns

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The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog, has grey listed South Africa because it deems the country’s...

South Africa’s fight against corruption, crime receives financial boost

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Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana says at least R14 billion is to be allocated to the fight against crime and corruption. The Minister was delivering...

The Gambia’s thwarted coup leaves many questions unanswered

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There was no gunfire in Banjul, the capital of The Gambia, on December 20, 2022, or the next day when the government announced it...

Reform of State intelligence and security machinery progressing – Gungubele

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Minister in The Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, used his response to last week’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) to inform South Africans government is...

Link between crime and politics in South Africa raises concerns about criminal gangs taking...

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A report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime (Gitoc) released in September 2022 argues that South Africa has increasingly become a centre...

Election violence in Nigeria’s south east is threatening to derail voting in the region

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Violence is a perennial feature of elections in Nigeria. It happens across the three stages of the electoral cycle – before, on and after...