William Gumede
William Gumede is an associate professor at the School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His latest book is South Africa in BRICS: Salvation or Ruination (Tafelberg).

Cleaning up

Africa: corruption The continent’s high levels of graft are at the root of its lack of development, and mostly affect the poor By William Gumede What is the extent of corruption in Africa? The recent Global Corruption Barometer shows that 12 of the 13 countries with the worst record of bribery are in Africa. The […]

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The demon of tribalism

The demon of tribalism

South Africa: inclusive versus exclusive politics Jacob Zuma’s narrow Zulu nationalism stands in the way of the development of an inclusive South African identity Most African countries were flung together by former colonial powers out of diverse ethnic, religious and regional communities, making them among the most diverse nations on earth. The colonial powers exploited […]

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The president who would be chief

The president who would be chief

Many say president Jacob Zuma will become known as the man who presided over the demise of one of Africa’s oldest liberation movements President Jacob Zuma’s presidential style has undermined the South African constitution, the rule of law and rational policymaking. It has undermined the democratic idea of separation of powers between different spheres of […]

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The demon of tribalism

The demon of tribalism

Jacob Zuma’s narrow Zulu nationalism stands in the way of the development of an inclusive South African identity Most African countries were flung together by former colonial powers out of diverse ethnic, religious and regional communities, making them among the most...

William Gumede
William Gumede is an associate professor at the School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His latest book is South Africa in BRICS: Salvation or Ruination (Tafelberg).
Africa’s mass trauma 

Africa’s mass trauma 

Since the end of colonialism, apartheid and white-minority regimes, many African countries appear to have had disproportionally large numbers of psychopathic, narcissistic and just mean-spirited leaders. All these types of leaders in many cases focus on their own self-aggrandisement, often deliberately sowing…

Cleaning up

Africa: corruption The continent’s high levels of graft are at the root of its lack of development, and mostly affect the poor By William Gumede What is the extent of corruption in Africa? The recent Global Corruption Barometer shows that 12 of the 13 countries with...

The demon of tribalism

The demon of tribalism

South Africa: inclusive versus exclusive politics Jacob Zuma’s narrow Zulu nationalism stands in the way of the development of an inclusive South African identity Most African countries were flung together by former colonial powers out of diverse ethnic, religious and...

The president who would be chief

The president who would be chief

Many say president Jacob Zuma will become known as the man who presided over the demise of one of Africa’s oldest liberation movements President Jacob Zuma’s presidential style has undermined the South African constitution, the rule of law and rational policymaking....

The demon of tribalism

The demon of tribalism

Jacob Zuma’s narrow Zulu nationalism stands in the way of the development of an inclusive South African identity Most African countries were flung together by former colonial powers out of diverse ethnic, religious and regional communities, making them among the most...