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William Gumede is an associate professor at the School of Governance of the University of the Witwatersrand and author of South Africa in Brics: Salvation or ruination? (Tafelberg). He is also the executive chairperson of the Democracy Works Foundation.


This is why ignorance of the constitution’s true role puts South Africa in peril

Many are unaware of what it protects, playing into the hands of the corrupt and those who think they’re above the law


For real change, South Africans must vote with their heads, not their hearts

If voters want SA to prosper, they need to stop basing their choices on struggle credentials, ethnicity and colour


WILLIAM GUMEDE | No-go zones have no place in a democratic society

IEC must come down hard on parties that refuse to allow others to campaign in what they see as their areas


If the ANC doesn’t get its act together, SA will become what Zambia was

The events that have unfolded there since 1964 ring familiar when one looks at SA’s current trajectory


Ministers must be held to account for their departments’ failings

The time for corruption and blame-shifting is over and the guilty must be held professionally and personally liable


Accountability, merit and skills must be SA’s buzzwords for the future

Ramaphosa needs to come up with a holistic economic plan to respond to inequalities, poverty and unemployment


Until officials are held accountable, councils will never improve

Here is why placing municipalities under administration is not the ultimate solution


After 54 years of misrule in Togo, the Gnassingbé dynasty has got to go

The West African country’s president Faure Gnassingbé has many human right violations to answer for


Back to Stalingrad: the long Cyril-Ace war has only just begun

Magashule is using every tactic he learned from Zuma to ensure he wins the ANC power battle, no matter how long it takes


For the sake of Africa, Chad must seize this rare chance for democracy

The death of  president Idriss Déby is an opportunity to establish a transitional government of national unity