Issues 1 - 10
Focus Issues 10 to 1 are available here.
Crime, Aids and unemployment point to an ineffective state: Editorial. Highway patrols: With improved intelligence, police are claiming a breakthrough in stemming the spate of dramatic cash-in-transit heists.
The ANC is unclear about whether it wants revolution or reconciliation: President Mandela's speech at Mafikeng was regarded as both paranoid and menacing to the cause of democracy. Questions about Winnie: Was Winnie Madikizela-Mandela deceived and trapped by apartheid’s notorious security police?
The truth about the Xhosa Nostra: Largely because of the early spread of missionary activity in the Eastern Cape, Xhosa-speakers gained an advantage. At the rainbow's end: With its fairytale connotations, the idea of the rainbow nation was perhaps always too good to be true.
Parties, issues and political fragmentation: Part two of the national opinion survey suggests a complex reality that creates problems for the ANC and the opposition. The Helen Suzman Foundation and the SABC: A bizarre story of media bias.
The South African electorate at mid-term: The Helen Suzman Foundation commissioned a national opinion survey in October 1996. Black youth and the new democracy: What do young black people think about the new South Africa?
Talking sense about university transformation: A somewhat uneasy consensus exists on most university campuses that something called "transformation" has to occur. All our futures: The new schools Act: The South African Schools Act (1996) fulfills the dreams of generations of anti-apartheid activists.
The best and worst of times: South Africa's government at half-term: "Things have never been as good as they are now, but could also been seen as sliding towards catastrophe." Managing democracy: The problematic birth of the electoral commission: In 1993 the management of South Africa's first democratic elections was taken away from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
South Africa's foreign policy: Human rights and national interests: All South Africans had cause to feel proud of the way in which Mandela led the response to the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa. North of South: At the time of independence, Zimbabwe had zero debt. By June 1996 debts totaled 130% of GDP.
The unresolved mess over spying: The rash of reports over "spying" has not eventuated in the promised judicial commission. Zimbabwe: Democracy under threat: A series of constitutional amendments indicate that minimum standards for a free and fair election are unlikely to be met.
Building the one-party state? The strange case of the Non-Profit Organisations Bill: The new "NGO Bill" gives the Government frighteningly interventionist powers over the non-governmental sector. Interview with Bill Johnson, director of The Helen Suzman Foundation: "I voted Labour more often than anything else but latterly I tended to vote Liberal."