The stalemate in Tshwane is a manifestation of coalition arrangements that serve the partisan interests of parties, to the detriment of citizens.
The proposed amendment to the constitution represents a critical juncture in South African constitutional politics.
Coalitions work best when parties in the partnership are aligned politically.
Bobi Wine in Uganda does it; so do the Economic Freedom Fighters in South Africa. The red beret is worn to signify the revolutionary. Its power lies in a symbolism that combines art and politics.
Political mistrust is high as the country looks to the next municipal elections in 2021.
The recent election has shown again that the extremism which worries democrats in much of the world has little traction in 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.
The FF+'s constituency is overwhelmingly Afrikaner white Protestants. But, it appears to have made inroads among coloured conservatives.
The EFF's militarised aesthetic is more than a sideshow. It forms a key part of its spectacle-oriented brand of politics.
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.
South Africa's polls have been praised for adhering to international election best practice. But, they are not without problems.
Corruption has, over the past decade and a half, become one of South Africans' biggest concerns.
There's an assumption that a change of ownership would automatically mean a change in the role the Bank plays
Indications are that even an ANC victory at the polls is unlikely to reverse the party's decline in popular support.
The Economic Freedom Fighters' strategy of painting President Ramaphosa and his allies as corrupt is unlikely to succeed.
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.
Troubles in South Africa's coalition-led local governments are affecting accountability, governance stability and service delivery.
Bobi Wine entered the political arena with a relatively consistent background of politically critical music.