Israel-Palestine conflict divides South African politicians – what their responses reveal about historical alliances

Posted on Mon 16 October 2023 in Middle-East • Tagged with Israel, Palestine, South Africa, Gaza, West Bank, ANC, African National Congress, Economic Freedom Fighters, EFF, DA, Democratic Alliance, PLO, Apartheid

Asher Lubotzky, University of Houston

Hamas’ brazen and deadly attack on Israel on October 7 elicited varied responses within the South African political scene. These diverse reactions reflect the long history, since before democracy in 1994, of South African engagement with the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The conflict holds symbolic significance for …

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Zuma has gone: but the ANC's inability to separate party from state is still a threat to democracy

Posted on Mon 05 March 2018 in Africa • Tagged with South Africa, ANC, Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa, Democracy, corruption, Thabo Mbeki, African Politics, Politics

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Mashupye Herbert Maserumule, Tshwane University of Technology

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), glossed over the causes of what nearly degenerated into a political crisis following its momentary affray with former president Jacob Zuma over his removal from office.

That he has now gone doesn’t …

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