Secrecy over who funds political parties should trigger fears that government decisions will reflect the wishes of large donors.
The recent election has shown again that the extremism which worries democrats in much of the world has little traction in South Africa.
The FF+'s constituency is overwhelmingly Afrikaner white Protestants. But, it appears to have made inroads among coloured conservatives.
The election will not change the government, but may change the balance of power between the two factions of the governing ANC, led by Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma.
Here's what researchers found when they assessed the election manifestos of South Africa's three biggest political parties' and what they say about education.
The black middle class are angry at their exclusion from mainstream economic activity.
South Africa has the world’s largest white minority living under black rule.Colour line tensions might remain a feature of the country's political landscape.
To claim that protests are being organised suggests sinister motives. But all protest is organised. So are cake sales and shopping expeditions.
There is a huge divide between what is important right now and what the election is likely to be about.
South Africa's polls have been praised for adhering to international election best practice. But, they are not without problems.
Polls indicate that South Africans are unlikely to totally abandon the African National Congress.
The ANC has lost so much support among its traditional voters it's now forced to look beyond them to retain power.
Widespread concerns about the levels of immigration in South Africa make the issue appeal to voters across the economic and racial spectrum.
Politicians' knee jerk dismissal of an idea that could help rehabilitate ex-offenders is
Troubles in South Africa's coalition-led local governments are affecting accountability, governance stability and service delivery.
South Africa's official opposition, the Democratic Alliance needs to face its racial dilemmas.
Legislation to control the private funding of political parties in South Africa is long overdue.
ANC renewal and the war on corruption is one thing. But transforming the character of the South African political economy is quite another.
Unexpressed racism may be even more dangerous if it's left lurking below the surface.
The Democratic Alliance is potentially in a good position to challenge the ANC, which governs South Africa, for power.