Issues 31 - 40
Issues 40 to 31 of Focus are archived here.
Mbeki's credibility is on the line: Editorial. Israel is a democracy in which Arabs vote: Benjamin Pogrund disagrees with those who describe Israel as an apartheid state and labels their views as facile.
Mbeki's last chance on Zimbabwe: Editorial. Black advancement: hype outstrips reality: Lawrence Schlemmer investigates the rise of the black middle class and concludes that it is still relatively small.
Judicial independence imperilled: Editorial. White left smarts after Pyrrhic 1994 victory: Dan Roodt argues the case for a new Anglo-Boer entente for the twenty-first century.
Presidential voice must be heard but... Draft reports ignite smoldering embers. Patrick Laurence appraises new evidence of discrepancies between the draft and final versions of the arms-deal report.
Time to discard racial preferencing. Info dearth hampers anti-poverty fight. Charles Simkins assesses the impediments confronting Mbeki as he seeks to reduce poverty and unemployment.
An inauspicious end to Ngcuka saga: South Africans have reason to be apprehensive over the resignation of Bulelani Ngcuka as the national director of prosecutions. An audit of liberalism – From Brown to Leon: Patrick Laurence combines an audit of liberalism with a tribute to Peter Brown, one of its finest exponents.
ANC and the parable of the parabola: At the moment of its greatest electoral triumph the ANC would be wise to be mindful of the parable of the parabola. Ideological battle over meaning of democracy: James Myburgh reflects on the rivalry between political Jacobins and liberals in South Africa.
ANC's dominance not written in stone: Lawrence Schlemmer takes a close look at the factors that determine political loyalties in South Africa. Buthelezi: Adroit political survivor: Aubrey Matshiqi assesses the importance of the forthcoming elections to Buthelezi's future.
Has upcoming poll yielded full roll-out? Virginia van der Vliet traces the history of ANC denial and procrastination on HIV/Aids. A critical appraisal of the Mbeki presidency: Thabo Mbeki has shown great skill in co-opting the emerging black elite and silencing critical voices.
Corruption: a fine balance of forces: Patrick Laurence argues that the war against corruption has entered a critical phase. Local media freedom is not set in stone: Vigorous white journalists are liable to be accused of racism, while their black confreres risk condemnation for lack of patriotism.