Since 1994, SA has been a mixed bag of presidents and patchy institution-building

CATEGORY: Media and COVID-19
DATE: 23 July 2021

Richard Calland and Mabel Dzinouya Sithole

The coronavirus pandemic has placed the leadership of presidents and prime ministers across the world under the most unforgiving spotlight. It has exposed underlying weaknesses and revealed hidden strengths.

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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