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By William Gumede First published on Democracy Works The impact of having a robust civil society in South Africa has played a critical role in creating a vibrant democratic culture and addressing the gap between the state and local communities. This policy brief examines the successes and challenges in furthering engagement, holding public officials accountable Read more >

A nation’s fight against corruption and injustice

By Kavisha Pillay First published on News24 Time is constant; it is represented through change. Time is a concept that we usually take for granted – we believe that it will always be there, that we will always have enough of it, and that there will always be more. Unfortunately, ours is a country where Read more >

Looking back, looking ahead

By Mavuso Msimang First published in City Press “O tempora! O mores!” Attributed to Cicero, the illustrious Roman philosopher and statesman who was greatly admired for his humanism, this lament literally translates into “Oh the times! Oh the customs!” It couldn’t be more appropriate for South Africa today. Cicero was commenting on the viciousness and Read more >

September 15: International Day of Democracy

September 15 is the International Day of Democracy. The day was first proclaimed on 8 November 2007 with a resolution issued by the UN General Assembly. The aim is to promote and uphold the principles of democracy, a system of government that allows citizens to exercise their power and will directly or through chosen representatives. Read more >

In an ethical meltdown, we must keep ethics alive

By Cynthia Schoeman #KeepingEthicsAlive The current ethical status in South Africa is, to say the least, very troubling. Reports and claims of state capture, corruption and self-enrichment by a select few continue to emerge. The consequent political uncertainty coupled with low economic growth – with junk status threatening even lower growth – pose numerous risks, Read more >

Can we put an end to corruption?

The South African government recently announced its national anti-corruption strategy (NACS), that is aimed at tackling corruption in the public and private sectors, civil society, and citizen sector, as well as looking forward to other forms of corruption that could arise in the future – for example, cybercrime as a result of the evolution of Read more >

Navigating our democracy in a bid to defeat corruption

By Sabeehah Motala In 1994, South Africans universally experienced the first promise of freedom – the right to vote. For the first time, all participated in democracy by selecting their preferred party to govern. Now, 23 years later, we see a situation where our leaders seem to be able to loot state coffers without fear and it’s Read more >

Well-run municipal elections produce a host of heroes

Our heroes for the week are all those who contributed to the smooth running of the 2016 local government elections. An election doesn’t only happen on the voting day, but takes many months of preparation and work behind the scenes. A typical election cycle includes steps such as the confirmation of procedures and municipal boundaries, voter Read more >

Launch of public protector campaign: Bua Mzansi

MEDIA ADVISORY: The Office of the Public Protector, as a key Chapter Nine institution, performs a critical function in protecting and supporting democracy in South Africa. The nomination and selection of a new public protector this year, to replace Thuli Madonsela, who ends her term of office on 19 October 2016, presents an opportunity to Read more >