Governance

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...

Africa is beset with coups and conflicts – how the trend can be reversed

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On the evening of 15 February 2022, reports emerged that key police and military officials in Djibouti were put under house arrest, reportedly amid...

Why West Africa has had so many coups and how to prevent more

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West Africa’s latest successful coup, in Burkina Faso on 24 January 2022, has renewed unease about coups “returning” and democracies “dying” in Africa. The...

Heat turned up for State Capture accused

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says discussions are underway with the Judiciary for the creation of special court rolls for state capture and corruption cases unearthed...

Wave of juntas in Africa and the worrisome celebratory reception by civilians

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Within the past 18 months, Africa has experienced six coups, with the most recent in Burkina Faso on 24 January, rekindling the debate regarding...

Good governance essential for peace and prosperity

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As South Africa’s two-year chairship of the African Peer Review Forum came to an end over the past weekend, South Africa has received favourable...

Support countries facing ‘unconstitutional’ takeovers – Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the continued support for African countries facing the resurgence of “unconstitutional changes of government” on the continent. The President...

ISS: What caused the coup in Burkina Faso?

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The 24 January military coup that overthrew Burkina Faso’s president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré comes amid a deepening security crisis in the country. Both...

Public Works in the dock over poor court and prison maintenance

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Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola appears to have similar problems with Patricia de Lille’s Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) as...

ISS: Beyond ECOWAS sanctions, how can Mali overcome the crisis?

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On 14 January, huge crowds gathered in Mali’s capital Bamako and other towns to denounce sanctions imposed on the country by the Economic Community...

African Union opens post-conflict centre to help countries escape cycle of violence

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To improve the political stability of African nations, the African Union recently launched its Centre for Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD). The new agency is...

Presidency Minister now also SSA boss

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Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele has an added responsibility, that of “political responsibility for the control and direction of the State Security Agency...

ISS: Getting to grips with Ethiopia’s ethnic and political violence is vital for stability

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Ethiopia’s 2018 transition failed to bring stability to the country. On the contrary, sporadic ethnic and political violence since then has brought the nation...

Alleged Parliament arsonist charged with terrorism

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The man accused of starting the fire which gutted Parliament buildings, including the National Assembly last week, has been referred for mental observation following...

ISS: Hamdok’s departure should prompt a rethink

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Events leading up to the resignation on 2 January of civilian prime minister Abdalla Hamdok have returned Sudan’s rocky democratic transition to Square One....

Inspection of fire damaged Parliament once building declared safe

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Parliament’s presiding officers, National Assembly (NA) Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chair Amos Masondo, are satisfied with progress containing the...

Ramaphosa receives Zondo Commission report part one

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The first part of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture report recommends establishment of a single, multi-functional, properly resourced and independent...

Government private security spend amounts to billions

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It’s common knowledge the physical security of many South African police stations is entrusted to private security companies and while nowhere near as prevalent,...

MK 60th anniversary

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The 60th anniversary of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) , once the armed wing of what is now South Africa’s ruling party, was marked by...

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