South Africa

Armed people gather around a fire to keep warm at a road block set up to prevent looters from reaching the community in Phoenix Township, North Durban, South Africa, on July 15.

Is South Africa’s Unrest an Insurrection?

President Cyril Ramaphosa believes the violence is politically motivated, but it looks more like an uprising of the poor and unemployed.

Members of the South African Police Service line up to receive their dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine during the vaccination drive at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

South Africa’s Twin Crises Are Feeding Each Other

Political chaos is worsening the third wave of the coronavirus.

A group of people protest  outside the United Arab Emirates' embassy calling for the speedy extradition of the Guptas on June 10, in Pretoria, South Africa.

South Africa Needs the UAE’s Help to Fight Corruption

The Emirati government should extradite the Gupta brothers. Sheltering them risks damaging its diplomatic and financial reputation.

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Zuma’s Arrest Is a Victory for the Rule of Law in South Africa

By imprisoning a former president, the country has set an example for constitutional democracies across the world.

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South African Police Are Undertrained, Uncontrolled, and Deadly

A disabled teenager’s killing underscores endemic police brutality.

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Rwandan President Paul Kagame to an international conference on Sudan in Paris on May 17.

Macron Goes to Africa

The French president is seeking to project influence, build new alliances, repair old rifts, and defuse the immigration issue at home.

Then-African National Congress Secretary-General Elias Sekgobelo “Ace” Magashule speaks to the media during a party meeting on land expropriation policy in Johannesburg on May 19, 2018.

South Africa’s Unaccountable Ruling Party

The ANC descends into infighting again as it tries to suspend top officials facing corruption charges.

Former South African President Jacob Zuma leaves a meeting of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry Into Allegations of State Capture in Johannesburg on Nov. 16, 2020.

Is Jacob Zuma Headed for Jail?

South Africa’s former president failed to show up at a corruption inquiry. The country’s Constitutional Court is now deciding whether he should be arrested.

South African trial volunteers wait for a potential vaccine against COVID-19

Don’t Let Drug Companies Create a System of Vaccine Apartheid

To avoid repeating the pitfalls of the HIV/AIDS crisis, governments and the WTO must make COVID-19 vaccination a public good by temporarily waiving intellectual property rights and compelling emergency production.

South Africa's Caster Semenya competes in the athletics women's 1500m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 10, 2018.

Women Athletes Subjected to ‘Sex Testing’ are Faced With Impossible Choices

The cases of Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand shed light on the invasive medical procedures endured by intersex athletes around the world.

Thousands of people gather at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to call for police and criminal justice reforms.

Put Racial Justice at Center of the Biden-Harris Transition Plan

The new administration doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel—it can learn from South Africa’s experience with transitional justice.

Supporters and employees of Philippine broadcast network ABS-CBN protest against government attacks on press freedom, in Manila on Feb. 21, 2020.

How Press Freedom Came Under Attack in 2020

Citizens hungry for information turned to the media during the pandemic, but governments around the world used the crisis to restrict journalists.

President Donald Trump and then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

Post-Trump America Needs the Courts, Not Truth and Reconciliation

The conditions that demanded healing elsewhere don’t apply in the United States.

A group of Nigerians repatriated from South Africa

‘Put South Africa First’ Breeds Hate Toward Other Africans

Anti-foreigner sentiments are growing against Nigerians like me.

Then-Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi (R) speaks with presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa (L) and Denis Sassou Nguesso of Republic of Congo (C) in Tripoli on April 10, 2011 during a meeting with a high-ranking African Union delegation trying to negotiate a truce between Qaddafi's forces and rebels seeking to oust him.

By Ignoring African Leaders, the West Paved the Way for Chaos in Libya

A race-based colonial mindset that views the continent as Europe’s playground and dismisses the concerns of Africans continues to fuel death and destruction.

South African police officers hold protesters back during the funeral procession for Nathaniel Julies—who was shot by police—in Eldorado Park, near Johannesburg, on Sept. 5.

In South Africa, Police Violence Isn’t Black and White

The killing of a coloured teenager in Johannesburg exposed the fraught state of race relations in South Africa—and how the racial hierarchies created by apartheid continue to plague the country.

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