South Africa's polls have been praised for adhering to international election best practice. But, they are not without problems.
Concern at the role of fake sites in influencing South African public opinion has been growing over time.
The African National Congress faces two big challenges: fewer South Africans trust it, while its electoral support has been waning.
Referenda have their place in democracy, but can also be misused.
South Africa's electoral commission's failure to ensure a credible voters' roll threatens to undo its legacy of free and fair elections.
Widespread concerns about the levels of immigration in South Africa make the issue appeal to voters across the economic and racial spectrum.
Electoral support by trade union federation Cosatu has been a huge asset for South Africa's governing ANC.
The problem with South Africa's governing ANC, is that to many of its members, politics is not about public service but about resources.
Governing parties and officials need to take note of the frustration being expressed by ordinary South Africans.
The Democratic Alliance is potentially in a good position to challenge the ANC, which governs South Africa, for power.
President Jacob Zuma shouldn't be allowed to detract from the momentum that Cyril Ramaphosa, the new president of the ruling ANC, has started to build.
Documents released ahead of the policy conference of South Africa's embattled governing ANC show it hasn't the guts or internal balance of forces, for self-correction and renewal.