Africa

In “Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty”, economist Daron Acemoglu and political scientist James A Robinson argue compellingly that the key to economic growth and prosperity lies in strong and inclusive institutions.

The struggle for freedom is a reckless, foolish and sacrosanct adventure—so believed Albert Luthuli, president of the African National Congress from 1952-1968.

THE "ethnic fires kindled by the republican government will spread until this continent is destroyed irrevocably", said Gazankulu chief minister Hudson Ntsanwisi on May 9 1984.

A youth in what appears to be school uniform throws a rock at what’s left of the Grabouw traffic department. Some schools were closed due to the protest.

MORALITY keeps societies together — moralising can tear them apart. Which is why there is no point in denouncing people who set schools alight if you have no interest in why they do it.

Members of the party can no longer follow party orders to remain silent on Nkandla, writes Denis Goldberg

Dear Comrade Secretary-General

It is no exaggeration to suggest that the legitimacy not only of President Jacob Zuma and the ANC, but also the notion of the liberation struggle itself is in shreds.

The Constitutional Court has found that President Jacob Zuma was in violation of the constitution when he failed to comply with remedial action recommended by the the public protector's office and must pay back a portion of the money for the Nkandla upgrade.

Is South Africa finally maturing to the point that the economic - not just political compromises of the 1990s democratic transition can be reconsidered? When engaging student activists, for example, University of the Free State rector Jonathan Jansen frets that

In Angola in the spring of 1988 the armed forces of apartheid South Africa and the US-backed mercenaries of Jonas Savimbi were defeated by the combined force of the Cuban military, the Angolan army, and the military units of the liberation movements of South Africa and Namibia.

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