[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.
[OPINION] The ANC must act against reprobates within its ranks
Judith February aks how it's possible that someone like Qedani Mahlangu finds herself not in the political wilderness, but rather elevated to lead in the ANC's PEC.
[OPINION] Grappling with Madiba’s legacy
Judith February says we have come to sentimentalise Mandela the man and often forget that Mandela the leader was a complex man, a thinker, a pragmatist, a reconciler and a bridge-builder.
[OPINION] The real legacy of Nelson Mandela
Judith February says as we ponder Madiba’s legacy, we know it was as imperfect as he himself would have admitted it to be.
[OPINION] Ramaphosa must steer debate on SA’s future
Judith February says that as president, Cyril Ramaphosa is in a unique position to raise the level of debate and see above the weeds the rest of us are wrestling in.
[OPINION] ANC a far cry from founders' ideals
Judith February contrasts the values and ideals of the ANC's founders with the current state of the party and wonders if it will regain the ideals of its founders.
[OPINION] Surely there are better ways to tackle the issue of race?
Judith February says the Ashwin Willemse/SuperSport incident has again shown how quickly we jump to conclusions in this topsy-turvy country of ours and how confusing our conversations about race can sometimes be.
[OPINION] Cape Town International Airport, what's in a name?
Judith February says naming and renaming can be controversial and bring out the ugliest impulses in a society, as we know only too well here in South Africa.
[OPINION] Tackling the crisis in local government
Judith February says the challenges within communities reflect a toxic mixture of poor governance, which, in turn, is a reflection of the dysfunction within the ANC.
[OPINION] Land reform in SA, between a rock and a hard place
Judith February says that while the ANC cogitates, citizens are agitating and land has now become a proxy for all manner of socio-economic delivery issues.
[OPINION] Down the rabbit hole for the DA in Cape Town
Judith February says what is playing out in the City of Cape Town is a symptom of a deeper malaise and of a party which has lost its way pretty quickly.
[OPINION] South Africa’s imperfect and difficult transition
Judith February says as the country celebrates 24 years of freedom, South Africans seem slightly less optimistic and enthusiastic.
[OPINION] Let’s talk about the service delivery revolution
Judith February says the challenges within communities reflect a toxic mixture of poor governance which, in turn, is a reflection of the dysfunction within the ANC.
[OPINION] Land of unfinished business
Twenty-four years into democracy and South Africa continues to be haunted by its apartheid past and the mistakes our leadership have made as the country continues its transition process, says Judith February.
[OPINION] The politics of spectacle
Judith February says Julius Malema and Jacob Zuma are politicians cut from the same cloth – opportunistic and self-serving.
[OPINION] The role of Sars in Ramaphosa’s ‘new dawn’
Judith February says the years of corruption and state capture have seriously eroded the nascent tax morality in South Africa.