Political mistrust is high as the country looks to the next municipal elections in 2021.
Successful coalition governance ultimately depends on political maturity and the ability to govern across divisions.
Two authors unpack the fragility of South Africa's political parties and why democracy is a lifelong commitment.
The Democratic Alliance is potentially in a good position to challenge the ANC, which governs South Africa, for power.
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 perilous decline under Jacob Zuma's presidency is set out in two non-fiction books that provide unsettling, but essential reading.