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November 4, 2017

The Verdict: The Legal Trials & Tribulations of President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma

In The Verdict, Wardle interrogates all the legal matters in which President Zuma was/is a party to. She places particular emphasis on the constitutional principle of legality; the right to freedom of expression; the doctrine of separation of powers; the constitutional principle of fair comment and the author exposes that delicate and permeable veil between politics and the law. More info here

Fair Game - A Hidden History Of The Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned wildlife sanctuary and one of South Africa’s top tourist attractions. However, this wasn’t always the case. Here is the engrossing and little-known story of how an unwanted wasteland that grew into the one of the greatest game reserves in the world. More info here

Sketches from South African History

We all know that education has become a battleground. Anyone who believes that education can be neutral is mistaken. All ideas have consequences. Actions flow from thought patterns. The chapters in the Sketches from South African History book have been developed over many years of travel, research, investigation, presentations and interactions with key-players in our country's history. More info here

United States of South Africa

This book reveals exactly how we are enslaved and how we may break the shackles and gain our freedom. After all, only you can own yourself, no one else. Backed up by meticulous research, this book will reveal all the ways that we are enslaved and controlled from banking and money to maritime law and the statutes that bind us. It will also lead you to walk the path to liberty. More info here

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(A worthwhile read if you love true African adventures from South Africa's colourful past)
The memoirs of Paul Kruger
Publication date 1902

On My Watch ~ Behind the News Book I

ON MY WATCH is a first-person, “eye-witness” account of life in the years between the Great Depression of the 1920s and the Great Recession of the 2000s. A fully illustrated 400-page soft-cover memoir reflecting on South Africa and its wavering democracy. It deals with critical issues, murders and mysteries – but also finds interesting people and lots of life’s cherries. It looks back to the ‘Twenties and all that Jazz’; the 1930s and war-torn 1940s. It looks through a journalist’s eyes at the rest of the 20th century and beyond. More info here

Zimbabwe and Democracy by John Hull

A Book on Zimbabwe's Political History and Environment. Comparative democracy and electoral studies have shown that countries can achieve democratization through elections, but only when the conditions are right, including sufficient institutional and electoral systems reform that allow multi-party democracy to prevail. More info here

Zambian Democracy and Political Struggles by Gabriel Kidd

A History of Zambia Politics and Environment. Zambia became independent in 1964 and is a republic governed by a president and a unicameral national assembly. It is a unitary state with an executive president who is both the head of state and government. After two decades of one-party rule, Zambia returned to multiparty elections in November 1991. These elections were won by the newly formed Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), which replaced the United National Independence Party (UNIP) as the dominant political party in Zambia. Frederick J T Chiluba, a former trade union leader, was elected president.The MMD won 131 of the 150 seats in parliament, reducing UNIP to a handful of seats in the eastern province. More info here

Swaziland Ruling System, The Monarchy, A History by Simon Dlamini

Swaziland continues to face widespread condemnation for restrictions on freedom of speech, media, trade unions, and political parties. At the start of 2015, the U.S. government stripped the country of its eligibility for trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) over its poor record on workers’ rights; European countries have threatened similar action. However, some progress was registered in 2015, as a ban on the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) was lifted in May, and leaders of the outlawed People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) were released on bail in July, though they remain subject to restrictions while awaiting trial on sedition charges. In June, the Supreme Court ordered the release of a human rights lawyer and a journalist who had been jailed the previous year in connection with articles criticizing the judiciary. The public prosecutor’s office later stated that the two should not have been convicted. More info here

History of Mauritius, Democratic Governance, A Focus by William Baker

A History Book on Mauritius, how it began to democracy enrolment. Mauritius is considered as one of the best-governed, most stable and prosperous African countries. It is a democratic state that has promoted the development of its people since independence in 1968. In general, the government of Mauritius has managed the economy soundly, with relative fiscal transparency, good provision of education, sanitation, water and health services. It has upheld the rule of law, exhibited tolerance of opposition parties, and enshrined fair electoral procedures, with regular alternation of power. The judiciary is considered independent, parliamentary politics are vigorous and widely reported, and human rights are, in the main, upheld. The country has managed its ethnic, religious and cultural diversity with maturity and tolerance. More info here

Lesotho Political History, and Governance by Stanley Bradford

A Book on Lesotho, a History Book, on Lesotho, Politics, Economy, and general environment. A motivation for radical political and constitutional reforms. I argued that Lesotho needs deep and radical reforms to avoid emerging lawlessness and violent conflict and to make progress to reverse extreme forms of poverty, hunger, disease, excessive infant deaths and high unemployment. Since then, the situation has taken a turn for the worse, making reform now more urgent. Killings and revenge killings are occurring weekly, political leaders and members of the Lesotho Defence Force are on the run fearing for their lives, judges appear intimidated sometimes issuing strange judgements in LDF-related cases, while others are being impeached, and there is a clamp down on independent radio stations and social media. More info here

Latest 5 Featured Posts:

Operation Vula, its Secret Safari, and Zuma’s band of comrades - Dec. 2013
During 1986 the ANC launched an underground operation called Operation Vula. A lesser-known fact is that it continued to operate after Nelson Mandela's release in February 1990, and for three years after his speech in August 1990 when he reiterated the total commitment of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe and the SACP to the Groote Schuur Minute.

Heritage Day Photographs (Voortrekker Monument) - Sept. 2013
This posting includes a few photographs taken on Heritage Day 2013. The posting introduces an unusual but beautiful new structure called QUO VADIS? (with the question mark) which I’m sure many readers have never heard of.

The Yellow-Bucket Marula Tree: A Mystery Solved! - Oct. 2013
I came across a rather strange phenomenon one day while travelling along the R561 route between Tolwe and Baltimore in the Limpopo province of South Africa. A small yellow bucket was attached high-up in a branch of a Marula tree, hence the name of this posting. It’s a real funny story which I’m sure most readers will enjoy - as much as I enjoyed compiling the article  - (with illustrations).

Pretoria’s Monument for Victims of Terrorism - July 2013
Many people (including myself) had almost forgotten about a noteworthy monument in Pretoria that stood at the entrance of the old Munitoria building on the corner of Van der Walt and Vermeulen Streets (now renamed Lilian Ngoyi and Madiba Streets). When the Munitoria building was demolished on 7 July 2013 nobody could tell me whether the monument was still standing or not, so I decided to go look for myself.

Remembering The Battle of Delville Wood - July 2013
14 July marks a day when the South African 1st Infantry Brigade got engaged in the 1916 (WW1) Battle of the Somme, in France. The battle was one of the largest of World War I, in which more than a million men were wounded or killed, making it one of humanity's bloodiest battles. One specific encounter during this battle, known as The Battle of Delville Wood, is of particular importance to South Africa. The posting includes a comprehensive article (with pictures) compiled and written by Petros Kondos.

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