Cyril Ramaphosa is no messiah, and when the post-Zuma champagne corks stop popping, South Africans need to assess him as a mere mortal.
Deputy president since 2014, Cyril Ramaphosa has been the country’s dominant politician since he replaced Zuma as leader of the ruling African National Congress in December.
Zuma appeared to be threatening instability in the organisation that he has served his whole life – a last roll of the dice for a politician for whom the usual rules of political engagement never seemed to apply.
Proof of time travel, false memories or a parallel universe? A look at the wacky world of the ‘Mandela Effect’.
Masekela gained global recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits such as ‘Soweto Blues’, a song which became synonymous with the anti-apartheid movement.
Known for launching black-majority rule under the leadership of Nelson Mandela 23 years ago, the ANC has been deeply divided over scandal and graft allegations in Zuma’s presidency.
South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle has elicited personal responses in the form of memoirs, biographies and autobiographies.
India joins the global initiative to spread out thousands of blankets, knitted in memory of Nelson Mandela, to help the needy and the disadvantaged.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Yousafzai, a Pakistani education activist, is only the sixth person to receive honourary Canadian citizenship.
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said that addressing parliament is not an ‘automatic right’ but an ‘earned honour’.
It was in Africa that he signalled a historic opening toward Cuba, took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent thousands of troops to fight one of the most terrifying disease outbreaks in decades.
‘We have come here today recognising our great debt to the Cuban people. What other country has such a history of selfless behaviour as Cuba has shown for the people of Africa?’
The revolutionary leader, who defied the US for over 50 years, has left behind in much of the world a feeling of inevitable, but nonetheless irreparable, loss.
Unemployment, economic stagnation and scandals around President Jacob Zuma led voters to punish the ANC, changing the outlook for national elections in 2019 and potentially emboldening Zuma’s rivals within the ANC to challenge him.
Four hundred years after his death, the extraordinary global attention given to Shakespeare not only retrieves the past but traces how historical inscriptions of feeling states have shaped modern consciousness.
The eminent sociologist T.N. Madan remembers the Mahatma on his 68th death anniversary.