Country Reports

Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

Country Profile South Africa

Basic information about the economic, social and political situation in South Africa

Our country profile summarises key data on history, politics, economy and society of the Republic of South Africa. It also presents basic information that will help you in getting an initial overview of the economic, social and political situation in South Africa. Graphical elements illustrate the listed information.

Voting Day by HelenOnline CC by NC-ND 2.0

South Africa has voted

ANC loses support – Ramaphosa does not

Despite a significant loss in votes, the African National Congress (ANC) is the clear winner of the 8 May national and provincial elections. President Ramaphosa receives a five-year mandate to pull the country out its economic doldrums. The next months will show whether the 57.5% of votes cast in favour of the ANC grant Ramaphosa enough power to marginalize his party opponents, many of which have an undesirable and corrupt reputation even within their own party. With regards to opposition parties, the radical left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) managed to win over many of the lost ANC voters, while electoral support for the liberal Democratic Alliance (DA) slightly declined for the first time. A low voter turnout of only 66 percent can be read as an expression of voter dissatisfaction in both ruling and opposition parties. Over the longer term, the country will transition to coalition governments, as indicated by the election result in the economic heartland of Gauteng: here, the ANC scraped into a position of absolute majority by only the thinnest of margins.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

DDP Election Observation Report

Observation report on the 2014 South African General Elections conducted by KAS partner Democracy Development Programme (DDP)

DDP Radio Reports

2014 South African General Elections

Overview of radio interviews given by Sthembiso Madlala, radio analyst and Project Coordinator at KAS partner Democracy Development Programme (DDP), on the 2014 South African General Elections.

DDP report on political dialogues

2014 South African General Elections

Report on a series of dialogues with political party representatives conducted by KAS partner Democracy Development Programme (DDP) in the run-up to the 2014 South African General Elections

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