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Reflections From The South: The South African Chief Justice Saga, Rule Of Law And Constitutionalism

In a democracy, the government and elected representatives are required to adhere to set laws and rules in order to govern properly and promote the interests and wellbeing of the people.
In this regard, Thomas Paine, in his 1776 essay, ‘Common Sense’ wrote: “For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be the King; and there ought to be no other.”

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Reflections From The South: Have We Squandered Nelson’s Mandela’s Legacy?

Nelson Mandela, following his long struggle for freedom, democracy and human rights and after spending 27 years in prison, has helped to lay the foundation and building blocks for a post-apartheid society founded on human dignity, equality, human rights and fundamental freedom, non-racialism and non-sexism. The forgiveness of his persecutors and oppressors served as a glue that helped to bond opposing groups in South Africa into one nation … – a truly remarkable and important legacy not only for South Africa but for Africa and the rest of the world.

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Reflections From The South: African Union Versus The International Criminal Court – Fight Against Injustice And Impunity

The challenges and impact of armed conflict in many parts of the African continent and the common objectives between the African Union (AU) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the fight against genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression are the main reasons for the initial favorable response to the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court by many African states. Decisions by African leaders in the AU in response to the International Criminal Court have created unnecessary tension between the UN and the African Union …

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Reflections From The South: Killings Fields – Xenophobic Attacks In South Africa And Implications For African Unity and Solidarity

The Killing Fields
After the xenophobic violence of May 2008 that led to more than 60 people killed and more than 100 000 displaced, there was hope and high expectations – in view of the response to the violence and numerous interventions by the government, political parties, religious bodies, human rights organizations and civil society in general – that never again will such incidents of violence, brutality and intolerance be witnessed again in South Africa at such levels.
However recent xenophobic attacks, such as the brutal killing of a Zimbabwean national, Farai …

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Reflections From The South: Anti-Gay Slur Judgment Against The South African Ambassador To Uganda

The ruling by the court in this matter is therefore an important one in as far as advancing the rights of homosexuals in South Africa. It is also an important contribution in the struggle for the these rights in the African continent; where homosexuals are often persecuted, insulted, assaulted, sexually abused and even killed and where most African countries still have laws that that do not recognize these and where homosexual conduct is still criminalized.

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South Africa’s 4th Local Government Elections: Implications For The Future And Lessons Learned

The fourth local government elections held on May 18, 2011 went off relatively well with minimal incidents of violence or interference, marking another achievement of relatively free and fair multiparty party elections and a sign of deepening culture of democracy in post-apartheid South Africa.
These elections taking place at the time when many parts of the African continent are in turmoil due to challenges in democratic governance as seen in Tunisia, Egypt, Côte d’ Ivoire and Libya for example, offer hope and encouragement that the entrenchment of democracy in the continent …

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The Department of Historical Studies at the University of Johannesburg is currently running a three-year funded research project in Sophiatown, Johannesburg. The project is interdisciplinary and spans a number of different fields including history, development studies, sociology, anthropology, human geography, etc.
Postdoctoral fellowship, doctoral bursary and MA bursaries available.

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Voices Without Place

There is no democracy without proper representation. The main goal of any participatory democracy is not to enforce a rule of majority, nor allow for an excessive power of any minority but to establish and protect the rights of all citizens. That goal is also a key element in effective poverty fighting, achieving sustainable development and championing social justice. Proper channels for participating in governance must exist to reflect each public voice and allow for proper balancing of the democratic debate.

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African Music Review: The Best [and the Worst] of 2010.

It’s that time again. Time to make the obligatory, end of the year “best of” list and please people with my choices and comments or annoy people who didn’t see CDs from their country or by their favourite artists on it.
Well, let’s say for starters that this is a list that contain CDs that I have received this past year. Needless to say, I have not received or reviewed every CD release of African music in the past 12 months. CD sales are down and it harder than ever to get some record labels to send music to radio stations.