Corruption & Democracy in
Post-colonial Africa
29-31 October 2014
The Park Hotel, Mokopane, South Africa
Professor M.P. Sebola
Professor M.J. Mafunisa
Professor J.P. Tsheola
Conference Proceedings
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SAAPAM Limpopo Chapter 2014
Corruption & Democracy in Post-colonial Africa
Historically, African leaders and bureaucracts continued to be accused of deliberately
“distorting history” in order to “justify dictatorial” governance, with African political systems
being generally characterized as imposition of “rational-legal authority”, pervasive
clientilism, patronage, corruption, personalistic rule and economic stagnation. In recent
decades, the vogue of democratization on the continent has agitated for questions of the
types of regimes and authority as well as the attendant contemporary strategies and forms
of governance, prevalent in Africa.
It is hard to deny that post-colonial Africa strove to ensure that positions of power in a state
are filled through means that are often regarded as participatory democracy, allowing the
involvement of the citizenry. However, Africa continues to boost a wide spectrum of
regimes and authority ranging from liberal democracies to politically-closed authoritarian
governance. These types of regimes are correlated with differential applications of
authority, inclusive of patrimonial governance. Generally, Africa’s governance has been
thought to be subordinated to reciprocities that involve predominance of personalities,
deference, subservience, loyalty and such other non-material exchanges. These exchanges
are blamed for lack of accountability and transparency, with the result that the public blurs
with the private as the ideals of politics are subordinated to the business logic.
To this extent, the specific types of regimes and forms of authority are also associated with
sources of legitimacy, largely dependent upon cultural variations. Interpreting Weberian
conceptions, Pitcher, Moran & Johston (2009: 126) observe that patrimonialism is “not a
synonym for corruption, bad governance, violence, tribalism or weak state”. This
observation questions received wisdom that ties authoritarianism and/or autocracy with
governance-ills such as corruption, nepotism and so on. Liberal democracies too tend to lose
legitimacy to rule if poor governance persist for years. International agencies suggest that
some of the liberal deomocracies in Africa rank high on governance-ills, especiallyas
measured through the corruption index. At the occasion of the African National Congress’
centenary, having being the oldest liberation movement, and the twenty years of
democracy in South Africa, whose transition agitated for notions of continental leadership
and renaissance, SAAPAM Limpopo Chapter invites academics and practitioners to the
Conference for the purposes of knowledge exchange and engagements of pragmatic
significance on the following sub-themes:
Democratic transitions in Africa
Relationships of types of regimes, authority and governance
Governance-ills such as corruption, clientilism, patronage, personalised rule,
Applications of authority and state violence
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Strategies and forms of governance
What and whose democracy?
Legitimacy to rule or govern
Pragmatic expressions of the principles of democracy
Active citizenry and the “fight against governance-ills”
Is Africa generally corrupt?
Continental leadership and African Renaissance
Corruption and Service Delivery
Oversight institutions for democracy
Anti-corruption institutions
The Editors invite academics and practitioners to submit abstracts to the 3rd SAAPAM
Limpopo Chapter Annual Conference scheduled for October 29-31, 2014 in Polokwane.
Abstract Submissions
Delegates can submit abstracts of less than 350 words on any one or combination(s) of the
specific themes stated above. However, each Delegate can only submit a maximum of three
abstracts. Please forward your abstracts to Professor Mokoko Sebola, Chairperson of the
SAAPAM Limpopo Chapter at [email protected]
Paper Submissions
Delegates are advised to submit papers of between 4 500 and 6 000 words; and, the paper
layout should follow the guidelines and reference style of the Journal of Public
Administration (JOPA). All papers submitted will be triple-blind peer reviewed and those
accepted will be published in both print and e-book of the South African Association of
Public Administration & Management (SAAPAM) Conference Proceedings (ISBN: 978-0-62061130-5 Print; ISBN: 978-0-620-61131-2 e-Book)
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Conference Fees
Each Delegate should complete the Conference Registration form whereon applicable fees
should be specified.
Conference Fees
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Early Bird
R3 000
Publication Fees for Conference
R3 800
Proceedings & Gala Dinner)
Daily Fees
(Without Gala Dinner) R1 200
R1 500
Important Dates
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Closing Date for Abstract Submission
Notification on Abstract Acceptance
Closing Date for Submission of Full Papers
Notification on Paper Review (Reviewers Feedback)
Closing Date for Resubmission of Revised Final Papers
Early Bird Conference Registration & Payment of Fees
Late Conference Registration & Payment of Fees
Conference Presentations
Conference Gala Dinner
July 18, 2014
July 23, 2014
August 31, 2014
September 30, 2014
October 12, 2014
August 29, 2014
October 03, 3014
October 29-31, 2014
October 30, 2014
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Professor K.G. Phago, University of Limpopo
Professor S.R. Malefane, University of South Africa
Professor S. Balkaran, University of the Western Cape
Professor M. Montesh, University of South Africa
Professor M.H. Maserumule, Tshwane University of Technology
Dr K. Dipholo, University of Botswana
Dr B. Mothusi, University of Botswana
Professor M.D.J. Matshabaphala, Witwatersrand University
Professor C.C. Ngwakwe, University of Limpopo
Professor O. Mtapuri, University of Limpopo
Professor D.M. Mello, North West University
Dr N.W. Nkuna, University of Limpopo
Dr M.N. Makhura, Land & Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa
Dr L.B. Mzini, North West University
Dr J. Makuwira, RMIT University, Australia
Professor O. Othata, University of Botswana
Dr U. Nnadozie, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Nigeria
Dr Kyohairwe, Uganda Management Institute
Professor L. Amusan, North West University
Dr I. Cruz, Harte Research Institute, Mexico
Professor T.P. Ndhlovu, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Professor F.G. Netswera, University of Limpopo
Professor Fourie, Unitech of New Zealand
Professor M. Marobela, University of Botswana
Professor B.C. Basheka, Uganda Technology and Management University
Dr R.B. Namara, Uganda Management Institute
Dr N. Matsiliza, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Professor M.S. Binza, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Professor R.S. Masango, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Professor Z. Mpehle, University of Limpopo
Mr R.K. Manyaka, University of Limpopo
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