For the sixth time since the end of apartheid in 1994, general elections were held in South Africa on 8 May 2019. South Africa is one of the most unequal countries on earth, and much of the disparity still falls along racial lines. The country also struggles with corruption, high unemployment, rising crime rates, and widespread anger at a perceived lack of progress after 25 years of democracy. Despite this, the long-ruling African National Congress (ANC) once again retained its majority status – but recorded its worst performance since white minority rule ended. Along with plummeting voter turnout and big gains for fringe parties at either end of the political spectrum, these could be seen as signs of a more divided society.
Hear experts from the Nordic Africa Institute, International IDEA, and Diakonia reflect on the election results and the future of South Africa. The seminar took place on 28 May 2019, and was moderated by Lennart Wohlgemuth, FUF. Due to technical issues, the Q&A is not included in this episode.
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