Deepening Democracy through Access to Information

Raymond Suttner

We need to find an escape from “choiceless democracy”

3rd October 2022 I have an aversion to being a political spectator and have been involved in politics since my youth in the 1960s, first in the Progressive Party... 

ANC governments caused the problems: they cannot be the ones to resolve them

19th September 2022 The country is in the grip of a range of crises that need to be resolved if democracy is to be salvaged, and people are to be rescued from hunger,... 

Freedom and xenophobia do not belong together – Freedom must be defended and xenophobia banished

5th September 2022 The revocation of the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) which would have expelled thousands has now been postponed until June 2023. Clearly Home... 


Widespread xenophobia and cowardly acts against Zimbabweans must be combatted by all democrats

29th August 2022 Migration between states of southern Africa has a long history, crucial to the development of mining in South Africa and the sheltering of freedom... 

The murder of Abahlali’s Lindokuhle Mnguni is part of a broader attack on our constitutional order that must be repelled

24th August 2022 The murder of Lindokuhle Mnguni, the 24th leader of Abahlali baseMjondolo to be gunned down, has met with indifference on the part of the state and... 

Moving beyond “disillusionment” means recreating our political life

8th August 2022 South African democracy is in crisis. People do not see benefits from 28 years of freedom. Many are hungry, homeless, unemployed, subject to... 

The current crisis makes a “new politics” more urgent

1st August 2022 Media and ANC preoccupations, depict the ANC electoral contests as the major political issues of the day. Given the ANC’s low level of support and... 

Betraying the liberation struggle: ANC ‘renewal’ is empty and we already have an alternative vision for South Africa

21st June 2022 The ANC has betrayed the oppressed people of South Africa, with whom it once enjoyed a close relationship of trust. Talk of renewal is empty, with... 

The crisis of today goes beyond the future of Cyril Ramaphosa and may affect that of the state

13th June 2022 The crisis surrounding President Cyril Ramaphosa’s game farm robbery ought not to distract our focus from the wider state crisis. The Zuma era... 

Remedying our crises must include relative autonomy and professionalisation of public service

6th June 2022 Rebuilding a state that works for all the people cannot be conceived purely at the level of clean ups and ‘orange overalls’. The need for a... 

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