Politics

Warning to the ANC: Beware the fourth estate in the 2019 national elections

Here is my declaration   The fourth estate has become the de facto player in the politics of South Africa, influencing public opinion on a whole range of related issues. My declaration is backed by 1) a Pew research finding that I shall share shortly, which shows that citizens of Mzansi (a Zulu word loosely…

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Constitutional Court caseload has more than tripled in the 22 years since its establishment. Good or bad?

An article by William Gumede in the Sunday Times of yesterday titled "Zuma has been so bad, he has in some ways actually been good" and the recently reported incident where Chief Justice Mogoeng apparently displayed public displeasure at his fellow Constitutional Court judges' majority ruling related to National Assembly's failure to hold President Zuma to account…

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How election of Ramaphosa saved ANC Elective Conference from Twitter wrath

Well, almost.   Let me start with a declaration that will be supported by stats later in this blog post. One thing many South Africans can agree on is that public perception related to the African National Congress (ANC), which was already at an all-time low going into the 54th ANC Elective Conference given the ruling party's bad…

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Will public sentiment influence election of the new President in #ANC54?

The 54th ANC Presidential Elective Conference, which takes place every 5 years and is currently in session at Nasrec - southwest of Gauteng Province, South Africa - until the 20th of December, is arguably the first about which the majority of the country has expressed strong public sentiment. While the 4 700 or so card-carrying…

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Can political coalitions build strong communities?

It’s no secret that the most anticipated South African municipal elections were recently held on the 3rd of August 2016 . After both leading political parties failed to secure majority votes amongst respective municipalities, the search for coalition partners began.   Coalitions are crucial for South Africa's key economic hubs, i.e Tshwane and Johannesburg.  …

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How 2016 South African Municipal Elections Performed on Social Media

As we publish this post, we are left with less than 3hrs before closing of the polls for South Africa's most contested municipal elections in the country's 22 years of democracy. This is the 4th time Mzansi is having this category of democratic elections. It has become practice with events of this magnitude on the…

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