from The Great Debate:

Mandela and De Klerk: Essential partners

By Princeton N. Lyman
December 9, 2013

When Nelson Mandela and South African President F.W. De Klerk began their historic negotiations to end apartheid, each man professed respect for the other. Indeed their relationship appeared not only professional, but personal.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

What Mandela meant

By Nicholas Wapshott
December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela will be remembered as the person who, more than any other, brought an end to apartheid, the heartless policy of “separate development” in which white, black and South Asian South Africans were obliged to live apart. It is part of his towering achievement that the very notion of racial segregation is anathema to democrats throughout the civilized world. He will be mourned as a freedom fighter and the father of his nation, whose wisdom, patience and courage tormented his oppressors and finally drove them to accept that racial discrimination should have no place in a system of government.

from Africa News blog:

S.Africa must reform white-dominated economy

June 26, 2012

South Africa's economy is still largely under the control of whites who held power under apartheid, President Jacob Zuma has said calling  for a "dramatic shift" to redress the wealth balance more evenly in favour of the black majority.

from Africa News blog:

“Kill the Boer”: History or hate speech?

March 30, 2010

SAFRICA-ELECTIONSThe African National Congress has defended the singing of an apartheid-era song with the words "Kill the Farmer, Kill the Boer", saying it is no incitement to violence but a way of ensuring a history of oppression is not forgotten.

from Africa News blog:

Nigeria’s image problem

September 21, 2009

For anyone who has seen the hit film District 9, it’s no surprise a Nigerian minister would be upset by it.

from Africa News blog:

Was it right to grant refugee status to white South African?

September 2, 2009

Canada's decision to grant refugee status to white South African Brandon Huntley has drawn anger from the ruling African National Congress, which described it as racist, and has again stirred the race debate in South Africa 14 years after the end of apartheid.

from Africa News blog:

South African fury at sex test for track star

August 20, 2009

Eighteen-year-old Mokgadi ‘Caster’ Semenya is being celebrated as a national hero in South Africa after winning the 800 metres at the World Athletics Championships, but the decision by international athletics officials to order a gender verification test has stirred deep anger – and brought accusations of prejudice against the country and the continent.

from Africa News blog:

Holding President Zuma accountable

May 7, 2009

Making sure South Africans hold their new government accountable is essential if the country is to succeed under Jacob Zuma, believes Mamphela Ramphele, an anti-apartheid activist and prominent South African businesswoman.

from Africa News blog:

Can Zuma live up to unity pledge?

April 26, 2009

Pledging to work for national unity is pretty much a formality for any election winner, but in the case of South Africa’s Jacob Zuma it may be more than a platitude. It may need to be.

from Africa News blog:

Africa: Will Zuma crack the whip?

By Reuters Staff
April 21, 2009

 
Dr Sehlare Makgetlaneng is the coordinator of the Africa Institute of South Africa’s South African 2009 Election Observation and Monitoring Team. He writes in his personal capacity.