Development Partnerships or Transactional Politics?
“Development Partnerships or Transactional Politics? An Insight into the Continent’s Struggle for Economic Transformation” was originally published May 12, 2021 on the Continue Reading →
In Their Presence: De-Colonized ‘Objects’
Diane O’Donoghue and Bridget Conley host presentations and a discussion with Ciraj Rassool and Vernelda Grant about the how colonial treatment of human remains and other sacred ‘objects’ imposed a worldview upon people and over societies that continues to be challenged in on-going efforts to reclaim autonomy over museum ‘objects.’Continue Reading →
Campaigning against corruption: a discussion with Hennie Van Vuuren
The podcast series “African Voices, African Arguments” features African scholars, writers, policy makers and activists on issues of peace, justice and democracy, and is produced by World Peace Foundation and presented in partnership with African Arguments and
How weapons wound democracy: video with Andrew Feinstein
In this short video [8:21 minutes], Andrew Feinstein, our colleague from Corruption Watch UK, discusses his role revealing massive corruption in a South African arms deal from the late 1990s. At the time, he was an ANC member of Parliament on a committee charged with oversight of the deal. Feinstein describes how the corruption […]Continue Reading →
Commissioners, I am now faced with a difficult choice. How should I respond to your subpoena?
I am mindful of the fact that the arms deal has wrought havoc on the lives of ordinary South Africans and corrupted our politics for the past 15 years. It has profited international arms corporations while weakening our democratic state institutions. It has profited the rich at the expense of the poor.
I am also mindful that the cover-up that followed the arms deal has put in place a system of patronage with the purpose of keeping alleged corrupt elites out of prison. It allows them to continue benefiting from the spoils of an unequal society. I have regretfully come to the conclusion that this Commission will provide no remedy to this situation.
For these reasons, I can no longer in good conscience participate in a hearing of the Arms Procurement Commission.Continue Reading →
Youth, conflict, governance and the media: South African perspectives
Talk presented at a workshop ‘Youth, Conflict and Governance in Africa’, Yale University, USA, March 2014
South Africa celebrates its twentieth year of democracy this year. It has been an eventful twenty years, with much debate and contestation around the political values and practices in a new and noisy democracy. The institutions and procedures […]Continue Reading →
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