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Election Brief: Opposition performance at the polls in 2009

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      21st April 2009 South Africa's electoral system is designed to sustain a multi-party democracy. The premise being that multi-partyism breeds electoral competition... 

Election Brief: The Youth Vote

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      21st April 2009 South Africa like most developing nations has a high proportion of its population falling into the category of 'youth'. Although young black South... 

Voting For Accountability In South Africa

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      21st April 2009 The memory of politicians are often as short as their election promises are long. An example is the speed with which the elected - and electorate -... 

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The More Things Change: What Zuma's Presidency Means for the Rest of Africa

By: South African Institute of International Affairs      21st April 2009 In a little over two weeks, Jacob Zuma will be sworn in as fourth president of South Africa since the advent of democracy in 1994. At home, his... 

Deregulation, culture and crisis

By: Seeraj Mohamed     17th April 2009 It is now generally agreed that liberalisation and inadequate regulation of finance is to blame for the global financial crisis. The inadequate... 

Post-Election Power-Sharing Governments and the Future of Democracy in Africa 

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      14th April 2009 A new phenomenon appears to be emerging in Africa that sees rival political parties "uniting" after disputed elections to form an inclusive... 

Is man-made climate change just hot air?  

By: Brandon Hamber     10th April 2009 It appears, as a species, that humans are prone to ignoring problems rather than dealing with them. Take for example the recent claim by Northern... 

Elections and the Internet in SA

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      8th April 2009 After last year's historic US elections, much analysis has focused on international interest in now-President Barack Obama's campaign, and it's... 

Politics Trumps Justice? Zuma and the NPA

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      7th April 2009 On Monday 6 April 2009, the Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Advocate Mokotedi Mpshe, announced the National Prosecuting... 

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