President Cyril Ramaphosa has to ensure that reform of critical institutions is placed first. Everything else will be compromised if this fails.
Despite its endurance, the Democratic Alliance still hasn't found a firm foothold to grow the votes in South Africa's changing political landscape.
In South Africa's criminal justice system post-1994, the Timol case is the first to enact what can be properly understood as restorative justice.
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.
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.
Nelson Mandela's dream of a great rainbow nation has been badly but not fatally undermined by corruption, violence and inequality.
The current crisis in British politics is significant for countries like South Africa where a change in electoral systems is needed.
Half of South Africa's population remain chronically poor, and the quarter in-between struggle to stay out of reach of destitution.
South African voters are more likely to vote for the African National Congress led by Cyril Ramaphosa than they were when Jacob Zuma led the party.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has committed South Africa to prioritising human rights and democracy. But, there's little evidence of this.
Countries that regulate political party funding do so to preserve their sovereignty and integrity of domestic politics.
Controversy around Winnie Madikizela-Mandela continues in death as it did in life.
The African National Congress faces two big challenges: fewer South Africans trust it, while its electoral support has been waning.
The ANC, alienated from intellectuals and the middle class and having lost most of its talented youth leadership, is clearly on a downward path.
For a long time South Africa thought it had a Jacob Zuma problem. In fact its got a systemic ANC problem.
As South Africa became an international pariah, it began working in shady ways through even more shady operators, including getting arms from the Soviet Union and China.
South Africa's president has firmly thrown his weight behind the private sector. This could prove significant.
Widespread concerns about the levels of immigration in South Africa make the issue appeal to voters across the economic and racial spectrum.
Two authors unpack the fragility of South Africa's political parties and why democracy is a lifelong commitment.
The process of institutionalisation may be patchy and uneven. But one thing is clear: Africa is not without functioning institutions.