Cyril Ramaphosa is president of South Africa as well as president of the governing African National Congress. The party has scuppered coalition building at local government level.
Coalitions work best when parties in the partnership are aligned politically.
Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters Julius Malema (C) addresses the media after local elections in 2016.
Political mistrust is high as the country looks to the next municipal elections in 2021.
South Africa’s new sex education curriculum is seen by some as infringing on the rights of parents.
Objections raised about the school syllabus by parents, schools and civil society point to a bigger problem with the state.
Mmusi Maimane, leader of South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance.
Because it's a blend of political influences the transition it is facing has, inevitably, had an existential effect on the Democratic Alliance.
Mcebisi Jonas appears at a commission probing grand corruption in South Africa.
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This book is a booster to morale. It tells South Africans they can enjoy the impressive economic growth they once achieved.
South Africans who receive welfare grants vote for the governing African National Congress more than any other party.
The survey findings show that people who had taken part in protests over the last five years were more likely to vote for opposition parties.
Harold Wolpe showed how poor rural areas subsidised low wages of migrant workers’ wages.
During the apartheid period in South Africa – 1948 to 1994 – a lively intellectual culture of opposition emerged on some of the country’s university campuses and within the broader anti-apartheid movement…
Debate about SA Reserve Bank’s mandate must be done in a more considered manner, informed by evidence.
The debate about the mandate of the South African Reserve Bank must be located within a clearly articulated political vision and social compact on the kind of society South Africans aspire to.
Cyril Ramaphosa takes the oath as his inauguration as President of South Africa.
Politics is being reduced to personalities in South Africa. The real issue is whether the damage that's been done can be undone.
Musician Ndikho Xaba.
Supplied by the Xaba family.
Musician Ndikho Xaba rejected boundaries. He lived and played what he believed -- uncompromisingly
Jonas Gwangwa in 2010.
The politics of Jonas Gwangwa's music have stayed constant over the years, and are also apparent in the eight albums he has released in South Africa since returning from 30 years of exile.
Glen Mashinini, the head of South Africa’s electoral commission announces the 2019 elections results.
The recent election has shown again that the extremism which worries democrats in much of the world has little traction in South Africa.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa cheers during the results announcement ceremony in Pretoria, South Africa.
Why do once mighty political parties sometimes collapse? Two reasons that have driven some into obscurity are corruption and conflicts within the party. The ANC suffers from both.
Peter Marais, the Freedom Front Plus’ candidate for Western Cape premier, left, and party leader, Pieter Groenewald.
Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA).
The FF+'s constituency is overwhelmingly Afrikaner white Protestants. But, it appears to have made inroads among coloured conservatives.
Actor Peter Paul Muller as Bram Fischer in the film ‘An Act of Defiance’.
South African lawyer Bram Fischer has been idealised in a post-1994 context. He was raised in a position of privilege, but he used it to defy the injustice of the society that raised him.
Local communities have taken advantage of campaign trail visits by leaders such as President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Community radio stations have thrown themselves into the political discussion with gusto.
African National Congress supporters at the party’s manifesto launch.
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.
Nelson Mandela and outgoing president Frederik Willem de Klerk.
Nelson Mandela's dream of a great rainbow nation has been badly but not fatally undermined by corruption, violence and inequality.
South African politician Julius Malema often attacks journalists.
For democracy to work, the press has to be free.
A man challenges police during a protest in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg.
To claim that protests are being organised suggests sinister motives. But all protest is organised. So are cake sales and shopping expeditions.