Abstention in the 2021 local government election was largely driven by a combination of individual and administrative barriers.
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The South African electorate is becoming less tied to race and identity-based voting but are increasingly making a wider evaluation of the performance of political incumbents.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa (L) is congratulated by leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party Mangosuthu Buthelezi (R) after being elected president of South Africa during the swearing in of new members of the National Assembly.
The failure of the 2021 post-election deal is a missed opportunity for the African National Congress and Inkatha to work together.
Mxolisi Kaunda mayor of eThekwini. If parties or individuals succeed in the politics and practicalities of governing a metro, the rewards are considerable.
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Metros may be a graveyard for political ambition. But if parties or individuals succeed, the rewards are considerable.
Young South Africans are bearing the brunt of the country’s high joblessness numbers.
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South Africa’s youth unemployment tax incentive is effectively a subsidy to the profits of companies.
Former Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip, from the DA, third from left, and his deputy Mongameli Bobani, from the UDM, extreme right, help clean up a street in 2017.
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South Africa’s political parties would do well to learn from Ireland, where the three largest political parties negotiated a coalition treaty that stipulated mechanisms for conflict resolution.
South African president and leader of the ruling ANC Cyril Ramaphosa.
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The ANC did not create most of the patterns for which it is blamed. But it has done far too little to change them and often seems happy simply to live with them.
Some political parties, including the Economic Freedom Fighters, want municipal elections postponed because they can’t host campaign rallies.
It’s not convincing to argue that the political parties would not be able to campaign as they have done in the past.
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The revered trombonist, composer and cultural activist never wished to be ‘the state composer’ but remained political until the end, in service of the people.
Human rights lawyer and anti-apartheid activist George Bizos at Freedom Park, Pretoria, in 2013.
His appearance on behalf of the families of mine workers shot by the police at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry was just one of his efforts to seek justice for the poor and marginalised.
Political killings in the country are linked to the fierce competition for control of state resources within the governing ANC.
Author shows how politicians intent on settling problems by physically eliminating opponents tap into a ready source of assassins from within the taxi industry.
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The stalemate in Tshwane is a manifestation of coalition arrangements that serve the partisan interests of parties, to the detriment of citizens.
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South Africa’s Constitutional Court verdict is possibly a defining moment for South Africa’s electoral system.
Oukasie residents protest over poor service delivery in 2010.
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A readable and important new book on the struggle for justice in South Africa’s Oukasie township does not go far enough to question the feasibility of grassroots resistance.
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…