Country Reports

South African Local Elections 2016

Candidates, Polls, Political Environment and Key Facts

South Africans are increasingly criticising the way democracy is implemented in their newly established regime and their hunger for change might echo a decline for the former liberation movement ANC. Political scandals, the rejection of corruption, grave economic turmoil and high inequalities coming from a darker past are the main topics that are debated by the candidates in 2016. Hence, the only thing that may have changed is the fact that the culture of impunity has become both the main issue and the main argument used by the opposition parties against the ruling party. more…

July 19, 2016

Decentralisation in South Africa

Factsheet

With the upcoming local elections it is pertinent to analyse the decentralisation patterns in South Africa. In order to complete its transition towards a constitutional democracy, South Africa decided to renew its local governance system after apartheid. The underpinning of South Africa’s decentralisation is provided by the 1996 Constitution. Diminishing the gap between democratic institutions and populations is amongst the main aims of the decentralisation policies in South Africa. more…

July 19, 2016

Local Elections 2011

Factsheet

In 2011, the ANC retained its dominant position and ended with a large majority of municipalities under its rule. However, these elections marked a progression for the DA and other smaller parties. It is worth noting that 2011 elections also meant that the South African democracy is growing stronger notably because it showed that an international trend where elections and particularly, local government elections progressively produce lower voter turnouts is inapplicable to the young democracy. more…

July 19, 2016

Voices and views on South Africa

Not in our name - Xenophobia in South Africa

South Africans have come out in numbers to provide support to victims of xenophobia violence which started in Durban. Perpetrators of xenophobic violence are a minority; the majority of South Africans are tolerant towards foreigners. Xenophobia in South Africa is targeted at Africans, Pakistanis, Ethiopians, Bangladeshi and Somalis only; white foreigners are immune from it. more…

Nancy Msibi | May 4, 2015

The Israel-Palestine Conflict: a South African Perspective

Can Israeli politics be compared to the apartheid regime?

In 1948 the apartheid regime was introduced and implemented in South Africa by the newly elected, white representative National Party (NP). In that same year the Jewish state of Israel was officially declared a sovereign state. During apartheid (1948-1994) the people of SA bore witness to harsh segregation, discrimination and disenfranchisement of its majority black population. Israel has repeatedly been accused of having similar characteristics. SA recognises a Palestinian State, condemns and criticises the actions towards Palestinian people and supports the notion of a ‘Two-state’ solution. more…

January 26, 2015


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