It is time for serious debate about Africa’s and South Africa’s commitment to the international criminal justice project, reform of the International Criminal Court and the UN Security Council’s relationship with the court, and a sober reflection of how to resolve the real tensions between the African Union and the ICC. By MAX DU PLESSIS.
So now that Robert Mugabe is gone, it will all be fine in Zimbabwe soon, right? Well actually, no. Even if the reformist rhetoric of the soldier-saturated cabinet could be taken seriously, how could even the most dedicated and humble collection of bureaucrats strip down the well-dressed emperors’ accumulation patterns honed by decades of deliberation and calculation? By DAVID MOORE.
Since the military orchestrated a coup-like takeover of the government last month, ousting Robert Mugabe in the process, many have referred to the developments in Zimbabwe as the start of a “new dawn” and a “new era”. With the announcement of Emmerson Mnangagwa’s new cabinet last week, however, these expectations for change were sobered by the political realities of a country grappling with the task of moving forward after 37 years of single-party dominance. By DAVID REIERSGORD.
In what has become a characterising feature of Libya’s zero-sum political landscape, it appears that a bid to curtail the deplorable practice of slavery could come at the expense of security and stability. By MENZI NDHLOVU.