Any ruling party in South Africa has found it hard to maintain internal coherence and unity over an extended time span amid wide national diversity.
The election results raise the real possibility that the ANC could be looking at another defeat in the 2024 general elections.
Turnout was low. But not equally so across the board. Patterns show it was not a statement by all voters – it was a message from ANC supporters.
The 2021 election will define for citizens important aspects of South Africa’s political future. What is the governing ANC’s future, and what was the impact of President Ramaphosa on this election?
The rise in political parties and the explosion in the number of independents means that it’s no longer simply a race among the three major parties.
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.
Local government elections in South Africa have traditionally been characterised by low voter turnout.
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.