Rhodes University Logo

Moves to empower chiefs bad for democracy

Date Released : 19/11/2014

DOES the African National Congress (ANC) now feel more comfortable with chiefs and princes than with the people?

SACP helped push Numsa’s expulsion from Cosatu

Date Released : 13/11/2014

THERE was a time when the South African Communist Party (SACP) terrified supporters of a market economy. Today, it is more likely to frighten the left.

If Cosatu splits, labour relations may get boost it needs

Date Released : 29/10/2014

IF THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) splits, labour relations may become more difficult in the short term.

In democracies, law is important but politics is decisive

Date Released : 01/10/2014

THE constitution and the law are there to ensure that democratic politics happens within agreed rules — not to make politics go away.

South Africa: After the End of Our Innocence

Date Released : 26/09/2014

From our increasingly riotous streets to our ever more fractious parliament, it is undeniably clear that South Africa is not a country at ease with itself.

Professor Steven Friedman presents at Rhodes

Date Released : 28/08/2014

Professor Steven Friedman presents "Why Memory Matters:Gaza, Recent History and the Campaign Against Truth".

Preference for insult over argument will damage SA’s democracy

Date Released : 17/09/2014

WHY do many of our politicians believe that an old idea becomes new if you add an insult to it — and that you win an argument when you call your opponent names? Because they know that this is what the national debate expects from them.

‘Second transition’ is non-existent

Date Released : 02/08/2012

According to venerated political analyst, Professor Steven Friedman, South Africa is not in a second transition, because we haven’t actually seen the first one.