The UK’s seizure of Iran’s oil tanker is a recipe for war

17 July 2019, 1:20 PM
In a fortnight of tense diplomatic stand-off between Iran and the UK, the latter appears to be making good on earlier promise that escalation of hostilities was not on the table.
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What if the May election results applied to local government? 24 May 2019, 11:19 AM

What if the May election results applied to local government - a clear victory for the African National Congress at municipal level in May election?

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“Mabuza’s swearing-in postponement could be motivated by political interest” 23 May 2019, 10:12 AM

Head researcher at Milpark Business School, Dr Sam Koma, says the issue of Deputy President David Mabuza might have been motivated by political interest.

Mabuza’s move to postpone swearing in strange: Analyst 22 May 2019, 3:09 PM

Political Analyst and Associate Lecturer at Wits University, Thokozani Chilenga-Butao says it is strange that African National Congress (ANC) deputy president, David Mabuza is willing to have his swearing in as a Member of Parliament postponed.

Ramaphosa’s cabinet: who and what’s needed to end South Africa’s malaise 22 May 2019, 2:51 PM

South Africans recently went to the polls in a national election which the African National Congress (ANC) won by a wide margin.

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South Africa can stop the spiral of abuses in Cameroon 21 May 2019, 3:52 PM

South Africans love it when Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions fly the flag for African football at the Fifa World Cup, but they don’t pay much attention to its politics, or to its volatile neighbourhood.

“Ramaphosa’s new cabinet should showcase commitment to new dawn” 19 May 2019, 9:02 PM

Speculation on President Cyril Ramaphosa's make-up of the new cabinet is gaining momentum as he is expected to announce new ministers and deputies.

Call from International Scientific Community to Benin’s Patrice Talon 18 May 2019, 11:00 AM

The International Scientific Community urges Benin President Patrice Talon to call new elections on a new basis that guarantees, instead of excluding it before hand, the effective participation of the opposition in an open and transparent national competition.

Will the US Supreme Court reconsider abortion rights? 18 May 2019, 6:31 AM

American evangelicals have high hopes that the US Supreme Court, with its newfound conservative majority, will be tempted to chip away at its historic decision to legalize abortion.

Maimane’s resignation imminent: Analyst 14 May 2019, 3:05 PM

Political Analyst Asanda Ngoasheng says Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane's resignation is imminent. She says the DA is a party in turmoil and has an identity crisis.

The DA attitude – it’s not me it’s you 11 May 2019, 6:04 PM

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) reversal of fortunes on Elections day has been partly attributed to supporters deserting to the Freedom Front Plus (FF+). 

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Spoilt votes could be attributed to the lack of faith in political parties: Analyst 11 May 2019, 7:54 AM

Political analyst Bheki Mngomezulu says the reason for the high number of spoilt votes in the province of KwaZulu-Natal could be attributed to South Africans wanting to exercise their right to vote, but not having sufficient faith in any political party.

Low voter turnout to favour smaller parties in provincial legislatures 10 May 2019, 2:12 PM

Author: Nkoe A Montja With the 88% of voting results already recorded, adding up to just over 14.1-million votes, it indicates possibly the lowest  voter turnout the country has ever seen since the inception of democracy. With a 62 – 65 percent turnout, the South African future would’ve been left in the hands of around […]

Mostly status quo for ANC and DA, but Gauteng still unclear 10 May 2019, 12:16 PM

Regardless of complaints and objections put forward by other political parties, particularly the smaller parties, the current state and projections indicate clearly that the ANC will still remain in power for the next administration period of five years.

Small shifts in voters allegiances evident 9 May 2019, 9:30 PM

By comparing the 2019 party vote share of voting districts to that of 2014 it is possible to see how voting patterns are changing.

VF Plus surges, but PAC, AZAPO, COPE and UDM not in the picture 9 May 2019, 10:44 AM

Author:  Nkoe A Montja With the current reading of the 2019 elections results, it seems a few parties and a few political leaders are in for a surprise. VF Plus, a party vaguely spoken about in the pre-election debate, is showing to be one of the smaller parties that could emerge into the top 5. […]

Elections 2019 – There are problems but they can be fixed 8 May 2019, 5:06 PM

Special elections 2019 analyst Terry Tselane, says there are problems at several polling stations around South Africa, but they can and must be fixed. Tselane is a former Commissioner of the IEC. He said the IEC should be able to resolve logistical problems, delays and voting material shortages for voting to proceed today.

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Is your vote for a small or new political party wasted? 7 May 2019, 3:55 PM

There is a record number of political parties contesting Wednesday elections. But the question arises as to whether a vote for a smaller party is a wasted vote?

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‘Low voter turnout for the 2019 elections might force coalitions’ 7 May 2019, 8:33 AM

Political analyst from the North West University, Professor Andre Duvenhage, is predicting that the voter turnout during this year's election might be so low that it could force parties to enter into coalitions.

Business: The ANC election result sweet spot 6 May 2019, 5:16 PM

Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) recently called on President Ramaphosa to fight “the rising tide of populism” in his party, the ANC. Business sees reigning in the populist as key to re-establishing the countries credit rating, invigorating State Owned Enterprises and ensuring the continued independence of the Reserve Bank. BLSA’s comment follows the influential international […]

The Myth of the “Coloured Vote” Unpacked 6 May 2019, 4:31 PM

As a researcher with an interest in elections and voting behaviour, I am regularly asked questions about the importance of “the coloured vote”. Journalists, analysts and campaign strategists tend to attach special significance to this segment of the electorate. Understanding the electorate and targeting campaign messaging appropriately is a normal part of developing a campaign […]

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Coalitions work in Gauteng because of political literacy: Analyst 5 May 2019, 8:21 PM

Political Analyst, Lesiba Teffo says coalitions work in Gauteng because of political literacy and education. He says political illiteracy in other provinces - is what is giving coalitions a bad reputation, which could improve if more is invested in educating the electorate.

Modern-day corrective rape of Caster Semenya 3 May 2019, 7:59 PM

Caster Semenya is being raped … not in a corner of a deserted street; not in the bushes; nor anywhere in secrecy, but right in front of our eyes. She is being raped while the world is watching. Yes, there’s you and I who are speaking against it and there are those who are cheering the barbaric act on, but the rape continues.

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Caster Semenya: how much testosterone is too much for a female athlete? 3 May 2019, 7:15 AM

The South African athlete, Caster Semenya, has lost her case against the athletic governing body, IAAF, which means that she will have to take medication to lower her testosterone levels if she wishes to continue competing internationally in running events.

The demographics of voters: Bad news for parties relying on the young vote 2 May 2019, 9:12 PM

According to the latest estimates there are 38.5 million people of voting age in the country. Of these almost 27 million are registered to vote in next weeks' election.

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2019 Election Outlook 29 April 2019, 5:48 PM

Ongoing and high-profile service delivery protests have been an important feature of the run-up to the National and Provincial elections on 8 May 2019.

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South Africans are not a happy lot 26 April 2019, 11:11 AM

The World Happiness Report reflects the results of a surveys conducted in over 150 countries across the globe.

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Election 2019: This time may be different 24 April 2019, 11:54 AM

With the election around the corner, the idea of an immediate post-election palace coup has started spreading beyond dinner table mutterings.

Electoral systems need urgent reform. South Africa is no exception 23 April 2019, 1:10 PM

Roger Southall, University of the Witwatersrand The long running political soap opera unfolding in Westminster over a decision taken two years ago in a referendum to leave the European Union has been the top running news story for months on end. The UK finds itself at an impasse, with members of parliament unable to decide […]

Municipal data suggest coalitions may improve government performance 22 April 2019, 5:51 PM

With elections around the corner the prospect of the first provincial coalitions being formed after 8 May looms large.

Rastafarians celebrate after the South African Constitutional Court ruled that the personal use of marijuana is now legal.
Marijuana use in South Africa: what next after landmark court ruling? 20 April 2019, 8:53 AM

South Africa’s Constitutional Court has delivered a unanimous judgment that certain parts of the country’s drug laws are inconsistent with the right to privacy.