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.
Legislation to control the private funding of political parties in South Africa is long overdue.
Zuma will go down in history as South Africa’s most corrupt head of government since Cecil Rhodes was prime minister of the Cape Colony.
Five years on, no-one has been held to account for the Marikana massacre where 34 miners were shot dead by members of the South African Police Service in a single day.
Are different ways of governing emerging from South Africa's cities governed by opposition coalitions?
Are those ANC members critical of Zuma willing to stand up and be counted? Will Pravin Gordhan, popular hero of the hour, provide one further great service to the nation?