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Moving Beyond Movements: Everyday citizenship in South Africa

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In this post, Co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock talks about her recent work that pushes the boundaries of research on social movements in South Africa by paying greater attention to the everyday citizenship of their members. 

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Interim notes on the South African local elections

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Our Co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock shared some early thoughts on the local election results in South Africa. This post was written on Saturday morning, more analysis will follow after the final election results are announced.

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#GambiaRising: Big protests rock the small nation


Our co-editor, SJ Cooper-Knock, takes a look at the protests erupting in the Gambia over the past few weeks. Could this be the beginning of the end for President Yahya Jammeh?

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Rwanda: Liberation by numbers?

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Our co-editor, SJ Cooper-Knock takes a look at Rwanda, which is often praised for leading the way on women’s representation in parliament. What do the country’s impressive statistics tell us about the life choices and life chances of women in politics, and beyond? This thought piece was penned as part of series on parliamentary politics for the […]

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Higher Education in Africa: Four Key Challenges


In his regular column for the Daily Nation Co-Editor Nic Cheeseman joins forces with Co-Editor SJ Cooper-Knock to explore the key challenges in African Higher Education: Investment, academic freedom, accessibility and inclusivity. This column marks the launch of DiA’s Decolonising the University Reading List, which can be found here.

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Talkin’ ’bout a revolution: The development goals, they are a changin’

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Ahead of the global summit this week, our co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock explores the revolutionary talk that surrounds the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Broadening the lens on Zimbabwe: a response to Simukai Tinhu

In this blog one of our co-editors, Sarah Jane Cooper-Knock, shares her thoughts on a recent article by Simukai Tinhu on the political landscape in Zimbabwe.    

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New Year, Old ANC.


Last December, the South African nation watched as the ANC party conference took place in Mangaung. As the dust settles after the conference, our co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock, takes a look at what has changed for the ANC, and what hasn’t. The ANC Party Conference in Mangaung at the close of last year saw Zuma hold […]

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Whither Malema?

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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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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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