Martin Plaut is a fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. With Paul Holden, he is the author of Who Rules South Africa?

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06 June 2013
The British are certainly in the dock today, but so are the Kenyan authorities.
25 May 2013
But the continent's people deserve so much more.
23 April 2013
  Today, Julius Malema appears in court. Today the once-feared former ANC youth leader cuts a sorry figure....
04 April 2013
Reconciliation, understanding and harmony.
07 March 2013
  Khadija Shireh is as upset as she is angry. “What does the BBC give our community?” she asks. The...
12 February 2013
South African police, co-operating with their Brazilian counterparts, are attempting to end a cocaine smuggle operation...
30 January 2013
David Cameron’s visit to Algeria is the first since that country won its independence from France 51 years ago....
23 January 2013
A further crack in the regime.
17 January 2013
As French troop reinforcements pour into Mali, there is concern in Western capitals that the engagement in this vast...
15 December 2012
Young Eritreans, who have fled abroad to escape their government’s stifling repression and years of compulsory...
03 December 2012
In less than two weeks the African National Congress will gather in Mangaung – the metropolis around Bloemfontein...
22 November 2012
China has launched a drive to win "hearts and minds" in Africa just as western powers – including...
The Staggers
09 November 2012
In the wake of the Marikana massacre, in which 34 miners were mowed down by police, South African politics has been...
31 August 2012
South Africa at war with itself.