Since 1994, SA has been a mixed bag of presidents and patchy institution-building
DATE: 23 July 2021
Richard Calland and Mabel Dzinouya Sithole unpack their insights into the presidential leadership of South Africa over the past 25 years, and track the leaders who stuck to constitutional fidelity and those who didn’t.
South Africa is a country that faces a crisis of leadership. Against a backdrop of a former president being jailed for contempt of court for failing to appear before a commission of inquiry probing state capture and corruption, public trust has unsurprisingly declined. This has come through in research, including studies by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).
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