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SA’s toxic nationalism on the rise (News24) by Mondli Mkhanya, 19 May 2019

29 May 2019

They say it’s not good to speak ill of the dead. But it’s also improper not to tell the truth about them.

So, here goes. The late Zach de Beer was one of the most dour, colourless and sterile politicians this country has ever produced. How he got to have a stellar political career that saw him eventually lead the Democratic Party (DP) (the DA’s predecessor) is a great mystery.

Perhaps it spoke to his toughness and his inflexible commitment to his principles.

How Nelson Mandela bent history by Mark Suzman ( May 16, 2019

17 May 2019

SEATTLE Twenty-five years ago, South Africa held its first free elections after the end of apartheid. The African National Congress won overwhelmingly, and its leader, Nelson Mandela, began to knit the country back together as its new president. As post-apartheid South Africa completes its sixth democratic election, it is worth recalling Mandela’s formidable legacy.

Gains by the FF+ could, perversely, help the DA ( Business Day) by Kaizer Nyatsumba, 11 May 2019

14 May 2019

As the dust settles following our sixth democratic elections, it is clear that the SA electorate has sent the country’s political parties a few solid messages. In the main, these messages have been aimed at the two largest political parties, the ANC and the DA, although the most important one has been more generally intended rather than specifically targeted at those parties. 

Factionalism and corruption could kill the ANC – unless it kills both first (The Conversation) by Christopher Isike, 12 May 2019

14 May 2019

The African National Congress (ANC) – like most liberation movements-turned political parties – has dominated South Africa’s politics since it came to power in 1994. Having just won 57.50% of the national vote in the general election, it appears set to continue its dominance until the next one in 2024.

Looking Leftward at the South African Elections (Jacobin Magazine) by Muchael Nassen Smith & Claire-Anne Lester, 08 May 2019

9 May 2019

Twenty-five years since South Africa’s first democratic election, the country reels in anxiety. Poverty levels sit at 27.7 percent overall and 45.5 percent in rural areas, while potential destitution hangs over another 76 percent of the population. South Africa has recently been again awarded the title of most unequal country in the world, with recent research finding that 10 percent of the population owns 90 percent of the country’s wealth and 50–65 percent of the country’s income.

“They were useless”: What about South Africa’s forgotten rural voters? (African Arguments) by Martin Plaut, 6 May 2019

7 May 2019

This is the first instalment of a three-part series around South Africa’s 8 May general elections.

Asanda Qosha was walking briskly along a dirt road in KwaTshatshu, on the outskirts of King Williams Town, in the Eastern Cape when I met him. Smartly dressed, he was making his way among the scattered houses, set in the green, rolling hillsides.

It’s the Unemployment, Stupid (Daily Maverick) by Stephen Grootes, 25 April 2019

30 April 2019

Fact: South Africa has a major unemployment problem. Wherever you go you find people desperate to work, desperate to get the income and dignity only work can bring. And yet, despite the 2019 elections being less than two weeks away, it does not seem that this issue is really dominating. At the same time, there is now some evidence that most voters don’t believe any particular party can resolve this crisis. That alone has important implications for our society.

The 5 townships that could tip Gauteng (News24) by Dawie Scholtz, 26 April 2019

30 April 2019

The Gauteng provincial election is going to be close. Very close. Although there's no doubt that the ANC will be the largest party in Gauteng, the key question is just whether the party will reach 50%.

Given historic voting patterns, recent by-elections and all of the polling we have seen, it is clear it will be a very tight race between the ANC and 50% in Gauteng. In a previous article, I explained the key drivers of the relative ANC weakness in the 2016 local government election. The two primary drivers were turnout and important shifts against the ANC in the black electorate.