William Gumede is an associate professor at the School of Governance of the University of the Witwatersrand and author of South Africa in Brics: Salvation or ruination? (Tafelberg). He is also the executive chairperson of the Democracy Works Foundation.

WILLIAM GUMEDE | Danger lurks for parties entering into coalition with ANC ...

The DA or the IFP could be wounded if they go into an alliance with the ANC after the elections to prevent a “doomsday” coalition between the ANC and ...

WILLIAM GUMEDE | Turkey proves populism doesn't pay

Turkey’s central bank last week raised interest rates to 50%, marking a dramatic U-turn in economic policy less than a year after President Recep ...

WILLIAM GUMEDE | Chaotic Haiti is the very model of a gangster state

More people were killed in Haiti than in the war in Ukraine in the first four months of 2023, writes William Gumede.

WILLIAM GUMEDE | Government needs to tackle the real causes of SA’s fiscal ills

Reasons for high debt, low growth and low tax income are nonsensical policies, state failure and corruption, writes William Gumede.

WILLIAM GUMEDE | It’s an election year, so our public finances will only get ...

Post-election South Africa is headed for new burdens from the expansion of the ANC’s patronage system, writes William Gumede.

WILLIAM GUMEDE | New Arab powerhouses know ‘it’s the economy’

Many of the rising Arab economies, such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, have been relatively silent on the war in Gaza as they ...

WILLIAM GUMEDE | Zuma and MK party could be kingmakers in KZN

New political parties established outside the ANC family and factions are in danger of being publicly overshadowed by potential coalitions and ...

WILLIAM GUMEDE | The political curse of the commander-in-chief

Parties with a single dominant leader, such as the EFF, condemn themselves to disappearing at the same time their leader does, writes William Gumede.

WILLIAM GUMEDE |  The triple evils pushing us towards doom

Public servants, in their own self-interest, should be doing more to fight corruption, incompetence and populism, writes William Gumede

WILLIAM GUMEDE | If SA is not careful, it’s next in line after Argentina’s ...

Unless South Africa deals with poor governance, corruption, populism, and imprudent policies, inflation will soar