Governance

ISS: Thulani Maseko’s assassination roils Eswatini’s democracy project

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The murder on 21 January of Eswatini’s top human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko – also one of the kingdom’s best political activists – has...

West Africa has experienced a wave of coups – superficial democracy is to blame

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West Africa has seen coups and military takeovers in three countries in 2022. Like those of the past, they came with promises of a...

SA delegation to Morocco on anti-greylisting mission

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South Africa’s next step on the road to avoiding greylisting comes in Morocco this week when a National Treasury (NT) delegation meets the Financial...

ISS: São Tomé and Príncipe’s hidden turbulence

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São Tomé and Príncipe, the archipelagic island state just off the coast of Gabon, is regarded as a beacon of democracy in Africa. It...

South Africa’s intelligence watchdog is failing civil society – how to restore its credibility

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In October, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa and his cabinet committed to a range of reforms to the country’s intelligence services. He based these...

“Transition” orchestrated by Chad’s military government goes awry

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The violent crackdown on the peaceful opposition in Chad exposes the coercive intimidation behind the military junta’s unwillingness to facilitate a genuine democratic transition. Security...

ISS: Can Mozambique’s march to authoritarianism be stopped?

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With outside attention focused on violent extremism and gas exports, Mozambique’s democratic backsliding is proceeding apace. In his first three years after becoming president in...

Jihadism and military takeovers in West Africa: Burkina Faso coup highlights the links

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The West African sub-region at the southern edge of the Sahara Desert has recently attracted significant attention. The main reasons have been an increase...

Understanding Burkina Faso’s latest coup

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Two coups d’état in 9 months mark the latest inflection point in Burkina Faso’s political instability, causing heightened uncertainty as the country faces an...

Parliament joins SANDF as anti-DPWI

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Patricia de Lille’s Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has again been pushed out of the picture, this time by Finance Minister Enoch...

Defence Minister’s alleged animal cruelty case back in court next year

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise looks set to appoint defence of the legal kind as the AfriForum private prosecution unit served papers...

ISS: Security priorities for Burkina Faso’s new transition

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On 30 September, disgruntled army officers staged a coup that toppled Burkina Faso’s transitional military leader Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba. Eight months earlier, Damiba had...

No Public Protector sanction for Mapisa-Nqakula’s 2020 Zimbabwe flight

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Current National Assembly (NA) Speaker and former defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was “sufficiently sanctioned” for the Zimbabwe “taxi flight” two years...

Cocaine, coups plague Guinea-Bissau

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Since gaining independence in 1974, Guinea-Bissau has experienced at least nine different coup attempts. The most recent plot, in February, shared similarities with others in...

ISS: Can Nigeria finance its war against insurgents?

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Nigeria now spends more than it earns just to service its debt – a crisis that raises serious concerns about the government’s ability to...

Nigeria’s next president faces a collapsing security situation: five things he can do

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Election season in Nigeria is an interesting time. It is, expectedly, characterised by heated contestations and conversations that are inherently partisan. It is also often...

New senior police officer is NatJoints co-chair

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The South African government’s top security structure – NatJoints – now has a new three-star police general as a co-chair. Lieutenant General Tebello Mosikili who...

KZN still on course to rebuild in aftermath of July 2021 unrest – Zikalala

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KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says the July 2021 social unrest left many households in untold suffering and desperation. Zikalala made the remarks on the one-year...

ISS: Cameroon’s missed foreign policy potential in Africa

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In April, Cameroon renewed a military cooperation agreement with Russia as Moscow intensified its offensive in Ukraine. The timing certainly supports Russia’s claim that...

Fellow Africans are not our enemies – Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans to exercise tolerance and to fight xenophobia in all its forms. This as the continent marks Africa...

NA Speaker wants a stop to unconstitutional changes of government

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National Assembly (NA) Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula added her voice to that of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa calling for a stop to unconstitutional changes...

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...

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...