Deepening Democracy through Access to Information

Raymond Suttner

Zuma and allies under pressure: what way forward for the country?

18th September 2017 We are in a very confusing moment of post apartheid politics. At one level much of the support base around President Jacob Zuma is under attack or... 

December ANC conference: what are realistic expectations?

11th September 2017 Most commentators and sections of business see December 2017 as a decisive moment for the country, insofar as someone other than Jacob Zuma is... 

Are DA-led coalitions sustainable now and into 2019?

5th September 2017 In last year’s local government elections the ANC nearly fell below 50% of the national vote. It lost three major metros, in addition to Cape Town,... 


Ruth First, validating dissent and building a democratic consensus

28th August 2017 On 17 August 2017, the 35th anniversary of Ruth First’s assassination was marked at the University of the Witwatersrand with a panel discussing... 

“Jailbird”, Sergeant Joubert and me

21st August 2017 Recently a relative phoned and said “Bertie Joubert” sends regards. I asked who this was and he said he is the warder who got me a... 

The no confidence vote: where to now?

15th August 2017 Everyone appears to agree that last week’s motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma signified something very significant and different in... 

Vote of no confidence in a time of political decadence

7th August 2017 It is hard to maintain interest in the various gyrations of ANC MPs, the report that some will vote against Zuma in an open ballot in the vote of... 

Contestation without debate?

31st July 2017 Analysts repeatedly tell us that the contest between candidates vying for the ANC presidency has notions like radical economic transformation (RET)... 

State capture and beyond

25th July 2017 Remedying the problems we currently face in South Africa may be more complicated, taxing and difficult than much current debate seems to envisage.... 

Remembering Luthuli on the 50th anniversary of his death

17th July 2017 We remember leading individuals of the past in order to grapple with the meanings of their lives and to see what bearing their legacies have on the... 

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