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The Democratic Alliance has been accused of inflaming racial tensions in Phoenix. Local residents belonging to a protection group stand watch in July 2021 at the height of the violence. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

What inflammatory election posters say about South Africa’s Democratic Alliance

The Democratic Alliance posters were not a bolt from the blue. They were consistent with messages the party’s current leadership has been sending out for some time.
A real problem for the Democratic Alliance is that it cannot hope to displace the dominant African National Congress. EFE-EPA/Kevin Sutherland

South Africa’s main opposition party caught in an unenviable political bind

The problem for the Democratic Alliance is not one of policy. There is real substance in its commitment to substituting racial criteria for overcoming historical disadvantage.
African National Congress treasurer Paul Mashatile wants more money for political parties from the government. Antonio Muchave/Sowetan/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Why South Africans need to give political parties more money

Since parties always need money, forcing them to depend on private funders means throwing them into the hands of donors who will demand favours for their cash.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela with former American world boxing champion Marvin Hagler. The undated photo was taken after Mandela’s release. Louise Gubb/GettyImages

How Mandela stayed fit: from his ‘matchbox’ Soweto home to a prison cell

Prison life is about routine: each day like the one before; each week like the one before it, so that the months and years blend into each other.

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