Is criticism levelled against African Union within reason?

The African Union has over the years come under increased criticism, with commentators labelling it a "toothless" organisation.

Naysayers have lamented the continental body's track record in poor conflict resolution, weak democratisation efforts and human rights concerns.

702/Cape Talk's Eusebius McKaiser (standing in for Redi Tlhabi) spoke to political analyst Prince Mashele and former diplomat Tom Weiler regarding the matter.

Listen to the conversation below:

Mashele said there's little evidence suggesting any effectiveness of the AU according to its own mandate. He said political instability in Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda are examples of ongoing governance challenges.

Inter-governmental organisations by their very nature are held hostage to national interests of member states. The AU is not an exception, the UN suffers the same problem, the EU is in turmoil because of the same problem.

Prince Mashele, political analyst

Wieler said that the AU has done well in coordinating talks between regional bodies (SADC, ECOWAS and EAC) as it's important for African leaders to talk.

If the member states choose a strong leader to replace her [Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma], perhaps then that person can turn the organisation around.

Tom Wieler, former diplomat
Read More
[LISTEN] Caller shares traumatic rape ordeal in light of recent taxi attacks

[LISTEN] Caller shares traumatic rape ordeal in light of recent taxi attacks

Carol called into Eusebius McKaiser's show to share her story following investigations into several taxi rape cases in Soweto.

Why we need to talk about sex work and examine our attitudes

Why we need to talk about sex work and examine our attitudes

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve unpacks the challenges faced by sex workers and the ongoing fight to decriminalise the profession.

Naked Scientist reveals the real cure for a hangover (and its not hot wings!)

Naked Scientist reveals the real cure for a hangover (and its not hot wings!)

Dr Chris Smith gives insights on what peaks your interest.

Xolela Mangcu lambasts UCT students disruption of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o lecture

Xolela Mangcu lambasts UCT students disruption of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o lecture

Mangcu has hit out at students' behaviour earlier this month for the disrespectful way the young people engaged with elders.

Literature Corner: Consistent or Confused The Politics of Mbeki's Foreign Policy

Literature Corner: Consistent or Confused The Politics of Mbeki's Foreign Policy

Oscar van Heerden talks about how he tried to debunk the often academic concepts in his account of this fascinating Mbeki era.

Mbalula: Smaller NEC will focus ANC

Mbalula: Smaller NEC will focus ANC

Fikile Mbalula spoke about ANC's renewal and the proposals made in the policy discussion documents before June's party conference.

Popular articles
Meet Zibusiso Mkhwanazi; CEO of “Digital at the core marketing agency” AVATAR

Meet Zibusiso Mkhwanazi; CEO of “Digital at the core marketing agency” AVATAR

Mkhwanazi – son of an entrepreneur – founded a web design firm (Csonke.com) with R2000 when he was 17 and still in school.

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Got a spare R200 or R300 a month? Here’s how to make that money work hard and grow…

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

NSFAS to reopen 2017 applications

NSFAS to reopen 2017 applications

National Student Financial Aid Scheme says it will reopen 2017 loan applications after receiving requests for deadline extension.

Right now, these are the best shares to buy on the JSE (according to Adviceworx)

Right now, these are the best shares to buy on the JSE (according to Adviceworx)

Bruce Whitfield interviews a Portfolio Manager about what she believes are the hottest stocks right now.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?