[OPINION] Alex Boraine left the world better than he found it
Judith February says Alex Boraine’s loss will leave a deep void in our public life because, in today’s tawdry world, Boraine’s legacy is one of commitment to the things that matter most.
[OPINION] Silence a luxury in these times
As Judith February decries a week in South Africa that has seen load shedding return, Jacob Zuma seeking to have the corruption charges against him quashed and Julius Malema's violent rhetoric, she says that citizens should speak up and defend democracy.
[OPINION] Zuma and Malema's politics of spectacle
Judith February says Julius Malema is a worthy successor to take up Jacob Zuma’s mantle of perfecting the art of spectacle, insult and distraction.
[OPINION] Swift action needed on Political Party Funding Bill
Judith February says while legislation regulating private political donations can never be the panacea for all ills, it’s a crucial first step to creating an environment for transparency and accountability in public life.
[OPINION] The need for silent reflection
Judith February says the speed of our responses to issues in our society often means we abandon facts and research in favour of the emotion of the moment.
[OPINION] Dlamini & Gigaba: All they touch turns to unethical ruin
Judith February says President Ramaphosa needs to act against the despicable duo of Bathabile Dlamini and Malusi Gigaba as a matter of urgency.
[OPINION] Fixing South Africa: what needs to be done
Judith February says the future of South Africa is both an individual and a collective challenge.
[OPINION] The Finance Minister merry-go-round
Judith February says it’s been another rough and tumble week in South African politics.
[OPINION] SA's electoral system is weak on accountability
Judith February says if South Africa is to further the consolidation of its young democracy, ensuring greater accountability between the electorate and political parties is key.
[OPINION] The disgraceful duo of Dlamini and Gigaba
Judith February says that everything touched by Ministers Bathabile Dlamini and Malusi Gigaba seems to turn to unethical ruin.
[BOOK EXTRACT] Turning and turning: tackling symbols of black pain
Judith February looks at debates around statues and artefacts which symbolise institutionalised racism.
[OPINION] The South African state’s lack of care
Judith February says at the heart of our society lies a lack of accountability defined by a disdain by those in power for the people they are meant to serve.
[OPINION] Dismantling the state (capture) that Zuma built
Judith February says it will be a lengthy and costly process to find out just how deep the state capture rot is and what the detritus is that former President Zuma has left behind.
[OPINION] Unholy alliance to no good end
Judith February says that the unholy alliance between the ANC, EFF and UDM that led to the removal of the DA's Athol Trollip as mayor will see the citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay suffer further at the hands of an inept government.
[BOOK EXTRACT] Turning and turning, the arms deal
In 'Turning and turning', Judith February looks at her Idasa years and the issues tackled, which included work on the arms deal.
[OPINION] The judiciary is the next frontier for land reform
Judith February says the Ramaphosa-led government has erred in limiting the land debate to a ‘do-or-die’ amendment of the Constitution.
[BOOK EXTRACT] Turning and turning
'Turning and turning' is a snapshot of Judith February's years as an analyst and governance specialist at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa and the issues tackled.
[OPINION] The messy politics linked to land reform
Judith February says Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement on land expropriation may represent a terrible misstep with regards to a basic constitutional issue - the question of public participation.