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Governance and the crisis of rule in Africa: Leadership in transformation | African Affairs


This book offers an account of some of the historical manifestations of positive leadership in Africa which could serve as an inspirational guide for Africa’s current wielders of power. The contributing authors display a strong conviction that the portrayal (and stigmatization) of Africa as a continent that has always lacked purposeful and good leadership was a sweeping and inaccurate generalization. They instead draw our attention to the notable record of achievements and intellectual contributions of some colonial and postcolonial African leaders (p. vii).

Obadare and Adebanwi’s introductory chapter provides an overview of the book, and in particular, the theoretical perspective of the editors on the concept of African leadership. They contend,…

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South Africa opens inquiry into corruption during Zuma rule


A South African commission charged with probing allegations of widespread corruption under the government of former President Jacob Zuma started its first public hearings on Monday in Johannesburg.

The commission will investigate whether Zuma, his allies, and a wealthy business family, the Guptas, tried to influence the hiring and firing of government officials, among other allegations.

The body, which does not have prosecutorial powers but which can recommend legal action, was established up in January by Zuma, just weeks before he was forced to resign in disgrace by his own party, the African National Congress.

Former public protector Thuli Madonsela, who tangled with Zuma for years over public money he used to upgrade his private estate, mandated that the president set up the…

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South African Move to Seize Private Land Threatens Rule of Law


Economic Freedom Fighters party leader Julius Malema speaks during a media briefing at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 12, 2018. (Sumaya Hisham/Reuters)

Government seizure of private land is a grave threat to the rule of law.

An almost certain sign that a nation’s economic future and rule of law are in danger is the decision by its government to seize private land without paying compensation. From Cuba to Zimbabwe to Venezuela, expropriating private property has almost inevitably meant a slide into authoritarian rule.

That’s why many South Africans are worried at the news last week that its African National Congress (ANC) government has for the first time moved to seize land without going through the courts…

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After Amazon Adopts Rooney Rule, Black Lawmakers Call for More Diversity in Tech


Amazon.com Inc.’s recent adoption of a policy requiring racial minorities and women be interviewed for senior management openings has put a renewed focus on diversity at tech firms, with some members of the Congressional Black Caucus saying the industry still has a long way to go to address racial disparities.

Amazon is the latest big-name U.S. tech company to implement what’s known as the Rooney Rule, a policy named after former Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney. In 2003, the National Football League required every team to interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching and general manager openings.

The board of directors at Amazon adopted the policy on May 14, after its initial opposition to the proposal was met with public criticism from employees and lawmakers….

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Violence deepens as African leaders extend rule


A grave is prepared in Burundi’s Ruhagarika village during the burial of 24 people killed by an armed group. The attack came days ahead of a constitutional referendum on May 17 which could allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to rule for up to 14 years beyond the end of his current term in 2020.

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The secretary-general of Burundi’s ruling party has a stark warning for any voter who dares to disagree with a plan to extend the president’s rule.

“Anyone who votes No will be a traitor, bought and paid for by white colonizers,” Evariste Ndayishimiye told the party’s final rally before Thursday’s referendum. “They’re enemies of the country. They’re even devils, because voting No will bring a curse.”

Nobody expects anything except a crushing victory for the…

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South Africa direct rule for North West province


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Media captionRubber bullets were fired when police clashed with protesters in April

South Africa has taken over direct administration of North West province where corruption allegations have led to violent protests.

There have also been calls for the regional premier to resign.

The decision to intervene was taken by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has made the fight against corruption a priority.

Last month, he cut short his attendance at a Commonwealth summit in London to return home and deal with the crisis.

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The province’s regional premier, Supra Mahumapelo – a political ally of former President Jacob Zuma – has…

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