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Taking Stock of South Africa’s 2014 General Elections

Will the ANC rule until Jesus returns?

The people have spoken. The ANC has marched to victory for the 5th time in a row. Neither the massacre at Marikana, nor Nkandla’s corruption scandal nor the fact that apartheid’s racial and economic hierarchy remains intact under the ANC’s leadership has deterred its followers. The South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa Office (FES) are hosting a high-level panel discussion about South Africa's recent elections in an effort to promote a deeper understanding of the quality of South Africa's democracy.

What do the results of the 2014 General Elections say about the quality of South Africa’s democracy?

Do identity politics play a role in the way that South Africans vote?

President Zuma’s first term in office was tainted by corruption scandals and an authoritarian state, what can we expect from the Zuma presidency in his second term?

Team Zuma is likely emboldened by the ANC’s 62% win at the polls. How will this affect the fractured politics of the tripartite alliance and the fragile truce inside Cosatu?

Are we still likely to see political opposition coming from the left of the ANC in the form of a possible workers’ party or has the opposition pendulum swung back to the right of the ruling party given the DA’s strong showing in this election?

Can we look forward to significantly different election results in 2019?

Join our panel of experts who will engage in a discussion on the the quality of South Africa's democracy in an assessment of the country's recent elections.

Date: Thursday, 22 May 2014

Time: 16h00 to 18h00

Venue: The Wits Club, Wits University, Johannesburg. Enter on Yale Road off Empire Road.

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Adam Habib
Adam Habib is a professor of political science, and the current Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also a former deputy vice chancellor of the University of Johannesburg. Adam has published numerous edited books, book chapters and journal articles over the last two decades. His most recent book is titled, South Africa's Suspended Revolution.  

Jonny Steinberg
Jonny Steinberg is a South African writer and scholar. He is has a doctorate in political theory from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is currently a lecturer in African Studies at the University of Oxford. He is the author of several books. Two of them, Midlands (2002), about the murder of a white South African farmer, and The Number (2004), a biography of a prison gangster, won South Africa’s premier non-fiction award, the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award. Steinberg’s books also include Three-Letter Plague, which chronicles a young man’s journey through South Africa’s AIDS pandemic. It was a Washington Post Book of the Year. Steinberg is also the author of Thin Blue (2008), an exploration of the unwritten rules of engagement between South African civilians and police, and Little Liberia: An African Odyssey in New York, about the Liberian civil war and its aftermath in an exile community in New York.

Nomboniso Gasa
Nomboniso Gasa is a researcher, analyst and public speaker on gender, politics, leadership and cultural issues. She served as a director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa from August 1, 2003 to December 31, 2009. She holds a certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of the Western Cape, BA in Political Science from University of the Western Cape and certificate in Feminist Literacy and Criticism from Jesus College, Oxford University.


Steven Friedman
Steven Friedman is an academic, newspaper columnist and widely quoted public intellectual and activist. He directs the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. He has a regular column in the Business Day newspaper. Steven's book, Building Tomorrow Today: African Workers in Trade Unions 1970-1984, has been described as a classic South African text.  

This event is being co-hosted by The South African Civil Society Information Service and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa Office.