Cambridge Analytica and African elections

Cambridge Analytica and African elections

by Martin Plaut, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies Cambridge Analytica, the British political consultancy caught up in a huge scandal over its use of Facebook data, has boasted that they ran the successful campaigns of President Uhuru Kenyatta...
‘New’ Zimbabwe, Commonwealth and Brexit

‘New’ Zimbabwe, Commonwealth and Brexit

by Dr Balasubramanyam Chandramohan, Senior Research Fellow The recent events that led to change of leadership in Zimbabwe resulted in the creation of a ‘new’ Zimbabwe. However, there are more continuities than changes in the power structures at the systemic level, and...
As pressure mounts on South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, he blames an old enemy: Western intelligence agencies

As pressure mounts on South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, he blames an old enemy: Western intelligence agencies

South African President Jacob Zuma has had his back to the wall. The National Executive of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) met at a hotel in Pretoria over the weekend of November 26-27. The discussions – so intense that delegates almost came to blows – were over whether to remove the president from his post.

For the journalists who hung around outside the ANC meeting to decide the fate of their president, it was a long and dreary wait, which continued into the Monday. The president was facing numerous allegations, ranging from corruption and bringing the ANC into disrepute to – perhaps most telling of all – charges of allowing the opposition to take key cities during municipal elections earlier this year.