Roger Southall, a professor of sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, explains how and why Pretoria's diplomacy has so far failed to use Zimbabwe's dependency on South Africa to force the Mnangagwa regime to stop its ongoing persecution of opposition leaders, dissenters, rights defenders and journalists.
Category: African Politics
Zimbabwe: A future finely balanced between democracy and militarisationZimbabwe: A future finely balanced between democracy and militarisation
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was declared the winner of the disputed 2018 presidential election by the Constitutional Court after initially grabbing power through a military coup, is unlikely to bring real democracy and stop further militarisation in Zimbabwe.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf no champion of gender equity in politicsLiberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf no champion of gender equity in politics
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberia’s "acutely patriarchal political system" are to blame for the decreasing number of women elected to office in the west African country.
The Advantages – and Drawbacks – of Presidential Term Limits as a Tool for Building Democracy in AfricaThe Advantages – and Drawbacks – of Presidential Term Limits as a Tool for Building Democracy in Africa
In Africa, campaigns for presidential term limits often lead to prolonged conflict, transition to democracy, civil society action and opportunities for opposition parties to overcome fragmentation.