South African history, before and since its independence from the United Kingdom, has encompassed numerous debates surrounding equality and freedom, and proposed new legislation is recalling one such question, that of public access to information. Anthony Egan SJ of the Jesuit Institute in South Africa investigates why the African National Congress are seeking to place restrictions on the country’s media outlets.
Anthony Egan SJ suggests that while Pope Benedict’s 2010 comments about the use of condoms in the prevention of the spread of HIV do not, contrary to what has been reported, mark a break away from Catholic teaching, there is in fact a subtle innovation behind his words.
South African President Jacob Zuma’s first year in office was characterised as much by scandal surrounding his private life as by the political and economic decisions he has taken. Anthony Egan SJ, of the Jesuit Institute in South Africa, analyses Zuma’s relationships with his grassroots support base and his main rival, and suggests that the President could instigate real change by focusing national attention on the moral dangers in South African society.
Memories of the seminal events that took place in South Africa in February 1990, which ended with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, will live long in the minds of those who experienced the atmosphere in the country at the time. Anthony Egan SJ describes the reaction to this crucial chapter in the struggle against apartheid. How did people of faith see these events as a sign of the coming of God’s kingdom?
The 2009 elections in South Africa were billed as the most competitive that the country has seen since the end of apartheid. Anthony Egan SJ analyses the voting that led to the victory of the African National Congress, and looks at the ch
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