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.
The election's result endorses other evidence that trust in South Africa’s constitutional settlement and its political institutions is steadily declining.
Despite its endurance, the Democratic Alliance still hasn't found a firm foothold to grow the votes in South Africa's changing political landscape.
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.
The FF+'s constituency is overwhelmingly Afrikaner white Protestants. But, it appears to have made inroads among coloured conservatives.
Some have argued that were the ANC to win 60% or more in this election, it would have given the party a blank cheque for further larceny
Community radio stations have thrown themselves into the political discussion with gusto.
South African voters felt that mobile political campaigns were intrusive, violated their privacy and made them feel disillusioned with the political process.
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.
As South Africa marks 25 years of freedom, many citizens have to contend with the harsh reality that they can't eat democracy.
The current crisis in British politics is significant for countries like South Africa where a change in electoral systems is needed.
There is a huge divide between what is important right now and what the election is likely to be about.
Land reform programme has done very little to improve access to land for black South Africans.
South Africa's polls have been praised for adhering to international election best practice. But, they are not without problems.
The African National Congress faces two big challenges: fewer South Africans trust it, while its electoral support has been waning.
Documents released ahead of the policy conference of South Africa's embattled governing ANC show it hasn't the guts or internal balance of forces, for self-correction and renewal.