Tag Archives: ANC

‘We are the relay team': remembering Mandela


On this, the first anniversary of Mandela’s death, we repost a blog by our Co-editor Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock, reflecting on the way in which Mandela has been remembered and the responsibilities that come with saluting his long walk to freedom. This post originally appeared on 8th December 2013.

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South African Elections 2014 – after the party, the long view


In this two-part blog, Matthew Kustenbauder unpacks the South African election results, highlighting historic trends, new developments, and future possibilities. In his first post, Matthew deals with the long duree of the ANC and the DA, taking an optimistic position on the prospects of the DA. His second post will explore the growing urban and […]

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South Africa at the polls, and beyond.

Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock

In this blog piece our Co-editor, Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock, takes a look at the run-up to South Africa’s polls, and the longer-term political questions that remain for citizens in South Africa. Sarah Jane is a Fellow at the London School of Economics. 

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There will be blood


This morning, the shack dwellers’ movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, released a press statement informing the public that 17-year-old Nqobile Nzuzua from Cato Crest, Durban, had been shot and killed in protests over evictions in the area. The organisation stated that they have now lodged several successful injunctions against the municipality to stop these evictions. They say […]

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Whither Malema?

Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock

Few characters in South African politics have caused as much controversy as Julius Malema: how popular is this populist? What effect will his brand of politics have on the future of the country? Following his recent trial and broader tribulations, DiA Editor SJ Cooper-Knock asks what lies ahead for this ‘economic freedom fighter’.

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Colin Bundy on the state of the nation in South Africa


In this podcast, eminant South Africa historian Colin Bundy talks to one of our editors, Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock, on the politics in South Africa. After taking stock on the state of the nation-  now in its 18th year after the transition from apartheid – Colin speaks about the key players on the road to Mangaung, where […]

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Adam Habib on Malema


In the first of our Sound Ideas series of podcasts – which will feature short interviews with leading experts on the major issues of the day – SJ Cooper-Knock, Assistant Editor of Democracy in Africa, talks to Professor Adam Habib, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg. As controversy around the ANC Youth League continues to spiral, SJ asks how we should understand the state of the ANC and the state of politics in South Africa more generally. Professor Habib also talks about the run up to ANC’s Conference in Manguang, and how we should understand the constant positioning and repositioning of key political figures within South Africa.

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