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Democracy Digest 11 – The South Africa/Israel Case at the ICJ by Mike Pothier

Last Friday’s ruling by the International Court of Justice, in the case of genocide brought by South Africa against Israel, stirred up a predictably wide range of responses and opinions, often diametrically opposite, as well as some rather strained interpretations. Democracy Digest 11 – The South AfricaIsrael Case at the ICJ by Mike Pothier  

Democracy Digest 10 – The Multi-Party Charter – a viable option? By Mike Pothier

Last week seven political parties met in Johannesburg to forge a pre-election agreement aimed at winning sufficient votes in next year’s national and provincial elections to unseat the governing ANC. The initiative was led by the DA, the country’s second biggest party, and was earlier termed ‘the Moonshot Pact’. Interestingly, the meeting was chaired not by a DA […]

Democracy Digest 9 – Cholera – A Symptom of Poor Governance by Mike Pothier

According to the World Health Organisation, “cholera transmission is closely linked to inadequate access to clean water and sanitation facilities. Typical at-risk areas include peri-urban slums, and camps for internally displaced persons or refugees, where minimum requirements of clean water and sanitation are not been met.”1   Democracy Digest 9 – Cholera – A Symptom of Poor Governance […]

Democracy Digest 8 – The ANC’s National Conference by Mike Pothier

Despite the customary shambolic start, with registrations and opening speeches running many hours behind schedule, the ANC’s 55th National Conference completed its main task – the election of a national leadership core – surprisingly smoothly and without obvious rancour. Democracy Digest 8 – The ANCs National Conference by Mike Pothier 2    

Democracy Digest 8 – The ANC’s National Conference by Mike Pothier

Despite the customary shambolic start, with registrations and opening speeches running many hours behind schedule, the ANC’s 55th National Conference completed its main task – the election of a national leadership core – surprisingly smoothly and without obvious rancour. Democracy Digest 8 – The ANCs National Conference by Mike Pothier 2    

Democracy digest: Abstaining on Ukraine by Mike Pothier

According to the government, South Africa’s abstention in the UN General Assembly’s vote to call for an end to the Russian invasion of Ukraine was motivated by principle. The Deputy-Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Candith Mashego-Dlamini, told Parliament that “South Africa “stands by its principled position of peaceful resolution of conflict.” All parties to […]