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Publish date: 10 June 2024
Issue Number: 1080
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: general


‘In Africa, coalition governments have been the most successful form of leadership compared to liberation or independence movements, as well as one-party, military, or dictatorial governments. In the post-independence period in Africa, coalition governments in countries such as Mauritius and Cape Verde, have produced the highest economic growth rates, inclusive development, and peace.’

– William Gumede, associate professor at Wits University’s School of Governance, who says Africa’s experience with coalition governments has been refreshing.


‘You honour, I think this is a broken man. It tears me apart to see these people knowing very well that they are suffering for something they know nothing about. I request that the public, if they are so convinced and the prosecution is so convinced that I am the waste of the people’s lives, a death sentence be given as a petition… the public signs the petition then I am given a death sentence … immediately I will agree to it to end this matter.’

– Convicted South African killer and rapist  Thabo Bester who pleaded for the death penalty in court last week.


‘Namibia takes pride in the manner in which the people of South Africa conducted an exemplary election, which reinforced peace and stability as a precondition for development in the sister Republic of South Africa.’

– President Nangolo Mbumba who has committed to work with the next government.


‘What we have learnt again over the past week is that democracy is a marathon, not a sprint. Ours is imperfect but without it, we lose all hope of a more equal and just society. Even in this young democracy, we have largely been able to depend on our institutions. Yes, they are flawed, at times flailing, but they are holding up under some pretty exhausting stress tests.’

– Freedom Under Law’s Judith February on South Africa’s recent elections. 


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