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.
Metros may be a graveyard for political ambition. But if parties or individuals succeed, the rewards are considerable.
It’s not convincing to argue that the political parties would not be able to campaign as they have done in the past.
The bigger parties which contest elections at all three levels would benefit the most – but voters might split their votes.
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.
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.
The EFF’s militarised aesthetic is more than a sideshow. It forms a key part of its spectacle-oriented brand of politics.
The black middle class are angry at their exclusion from mainstream economic activity.
South Africa has the world’s largest white minority living under black rule.Colour line tensions might remain a feature of the country’s political landscape.
To claim that protests are being organised suggests sinister motives. But all protest is organised. So are cake sales and shopping expeditions.
There is a huge divide between what is important right now and what the election is likely to be about.
Land reform programme has done very little to improve access to land for black South Africans.
South Africa’s electoral commission’s failure to ensure a credible voters’ roll threatens to undo its legacy of free and fair elections.
The push to nationalise South Africa’s Reserve Bank is informed by the mistaken view that private shareholders affect monetary policy.
Zimbabwe’s upcoming elections potentially marks the start of a new order in the country, where the stakes are extremely high.
Nelson Mandela’s centenary celebrations provide a chance to debunk the lie that he sold out black South Africans.
ANC renewal and the war on corruption is one thing. But transforming the character of the South African political economy is quite another.
South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has done well so far but more challenges relating to reigniting the economy lie ahead.
Meeting the challenges from the opposition will strengthen the ANC’s dominance. How well its new leadership copes will become clearer over the next few months.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma’s resistance to vacate the top job may be a blessing in disguise as it will stress test the country’s political systems.