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?
The planting of messages and countering narratives in the media is not new. It's part and parcel of contemporary politics especially during elections. The internet simply makes an old problem worse.
It's vital that the problems at the South African Broadcasting Corporation be fixed in the public interest and for democracy, given its wide media reach in the country.
Populations revolt when lives are improving but not fast enough to meet their rising expectations.
The EFF is sending a strong message to South Africans that it wants to be known as the only political home for radical change.
South Africa's past tells us that, under certain conditions, women mobilise in ways that produce significant political results. But the country's present shows how easily these gains can evaporate.
The ANC has faced an inexorable, gradual decline in support since 2004. There is no evidence that it has been able to reverse this trend.