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‘Julius vs The ANC’

Forthcoming documentary: On 26 April 2017, Julius vs the ANC will broadcast South Africa’s political turmoil on Witness, Al Jazeera English. Rehad Desai’s authored documentary condenses five years of volatile South African politics into 48 disturbing minutes. The film explores various issues from the police killing of 34 striking mineworkers at Marikana in 2012, the rise of Julius Malema, to the various protests that have rocked South Africa and the ongoing power contestations.


South Africa: Violence mars the State of the Nation Address

The opening of the South African parliament shocked many across the continent. The State of the Nation Address (SONA) was marred by traumatic violent scenes in the house, expletives were exchanged by legislators, MPs for the Economic Freedom Front (EFF) disrupted proceedings and the speaker ordered for their removal, which turned violent. While the disruption of President Jacob Zuma’s address could be seen more as political antics at play, the violence is a cause for concern for a country trying to heal from a violent past, a history which continues to affect the society.


What is at stake for new councils in South Africa?

The 8% decline in the voters’ support for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party between 2011 and 2016 represents a fundamental shift in South African politics. Much has been written on the implications for the ANC and the country, but a significant and under-reported short-term impact relates to the implications for budget expenditure and service delivery at a local level. Senior economists Conrad Barberton, Carmen Abdoll and researcher Chandre Gould explain.

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SA local government elections: EFF rising while ANC dithers

Disclaimer: a full stadium does not necessarily translate into votes. Two weekends ago, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) put on what can only be described as a very impressive show. First to launch its manifesto was the African National Congress (ANC), followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA). The latter fared better in terms of attracting a crowd, but neither managed to fill a stadium.