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Lessons from South Africa for Holding Leaders Accountable

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on April 18, 2023

South Africa’s layered oversight processes afford an institutionalized means of holding senior leaders accountable for allegations of misconduct—and offer insights for upholding the rule of law elsewhere.

South Africa Lays Down the Law on Cybercrime

Recommended research   published by Karen Allen, ISS Today, on June 9, 2021

A new cybercrime crime will support South Africa’s efforts to fight internet-based offenses. The law, which defines cybercrime as “acts such as: the unlawful access to a computer or device…the illegal interception of data; the unlawful acquisition, possession, receipt or use of a password; and forgery, fraud and extortion online.” The legislation also provides for international cooperation in investigations and prosecutions, highlighting South Africa’s commitment to balance security and freedom of speech.

High Stakes in South Africa’s Elections

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on May 3, 2019

Competing factions of the ANC and other political parties have vastly different visions for handling sensitive issues of corruption, land expropriation, and restoring trust in South Africa.

South Africa’s Strategic Priorities for Reform and Renewal

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on February 17, 2018

South Africans have high hopes that Cyril Ramaphosa will be able to deliver change to systemic state capture. However, sustained reforms in South Africa's most important national institutions are required if those hopes are to be met.

South Africa’s Democracy Is Put to the Test

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on May 23, 2017

Few African countries have the same depth of institutional checks and balances as South Africa. Yet, these institutions have been put to the test by President Jacob Zuma's efforts to expand executive privilege. How are South Africa's accountability structures faring?

Playing Ostrich: Lessons Learned from South Africa’s Response to Terrorism

Africa Security Brief No. 9   published by Hussein Solomon on January 31, 2011

While not often considered a hub in global terrorist networks, South Africa has seen a steady and growing pattern of domestic and al-Qaeda–linked terrorist activity over the past decade. Coinciding with the creeping expansion of terrorist threats in other parts of the continent, this Security Brief examines lessons learned from South Africa’s experience and their potential relevance to other African countries and their security sectors.

Southern Africa Parliamentarians Forum 2023

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An academic program for West African parliamentarians, their staff, and select defense and security officials to analyze current trends, challenges, and innovations in the work of legislatures to foster democratic and civilian control of the security sector.