Politics & Society DispatchesAnthony EganMay 14, 2020
A senior opposition leader said that the lockdown—aimed not to prevent the spread of Covid-19 but to give the health services a window to prepare for it—was now doing more harm than good.
Politics & Society DispatchesAnthony EganApril 28, 2020
The national coronavirus lockdown has translated into a sharp increase in levels of poverty and malnutrition in South Africa. Because of that emerging suffering, some are already beginning to wonder if the nationwide restrictions are doing more harm than good.
Politics & Society DispatchesAnthony EganMay 20, 2019
Though the ruling African National Congress party (ANC) has won the South African elections, it has done so with a dwindling support of the popular vote.
Politics & Society Dispatches
South Africa is seeing a spike in protests. Will the government finally address economic inequality?Anthony EganOctober 29, 2018
While a new black middle class has emerged, while the politically connected got rich, some even becoming billionaires, the vast majority of South Africans remain poor.
Politics & Society DispatchesAnthony EganJuly 20, 2018
In Johannesburg, Obama gave what some commentators consider his most important speech since he vacated the Oval Office.
Politics & Society DispatchesAnthony EganApril 04, 2018
The “struggle era” in South Africa is ending.
Politics & Society DispatchesAnthony EganFebruary 15, 2018
The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference welcomed the resignation as “long overdue.”
Politics & Society DispatchesAnthony EganJanuary 26, 2018
There have been warning signs for decades; now South Africa’s second-biggest city is racing to prevent a drought from throttling the economy and causing social unrest.
Politics & Society DispatchesAnthony EganDecember 18, 2017
Although Mr. Ramaphosa is a relatively acceptable leader of the A.N.C. in the eyes of some opposition parties, his economic stance will put him in tension with the populist left Economic Freedom Fighters and many trade unions.