William Gumede is an associate professor at the School of Governance of University of the Witwatersrand and author of South Africa in Brics (Tafelberg).


South African leaders don’t trust their citizens, who don’t trust their leaders

SA had to have a hard lockdown because we don’t trust our government. Little since has made us change our minds


If South Africa’s economy is to survive Covid, this is the example we Musk follow

The ANC – and the rest of us – need to get over our knee-jerk belief that entrepreneurship is a bad thing


Dubious remedies will not decolonise Africa

So-called African solutions that are often uncritically accepted as ‘good’ do nothing for the continent


The state can’t get Covid funds and food to the needy on its own

If it doesn’t partner with the private sector and civil society, the stimulus package will fail miserably