Democracy Governance and Service Delivery

Gender diversities: What does the African public really think?

There is a general belief that African people are deeply homophobic and unaccepting of gender diversities. But what does the African public really think? The truth is that we don’t really know because hardly any work has been done to gather and analyse the views of the public in a structured way in Africa.

How close do voters feel to their political party of choice?

Going into the 2016 Local Government Elections it is clear that voter's alignment, identification or "feelings of closeness" to the party of choice among ANC and DA voter have not shifted dramatically over the past seven years. However, there is evidence that “feelings of closeness” have gradually declined among both ANC and DA supporters. In contrast, "feelings of closeness’’ among supporters of the EFF is much higher compared to supporters of the DA and ANC. Supporters of the EFF therefore align and identify much stronger with the party than DA and ANC supporters. Although it is not in the ambit of this article to speculate about the implications of these findings, research has shown that close alignment with a party of choice impacts on voting intention. Voters that feel more aligned or “close” to a party are much more inclined to cast a ballot in support of their party of choice. Voter turnout during the 2016 Local Government Elections will be closely monitored to determine if this was the case.

Honorary Research Fellow to Join HSRC

Professor Peter Alexander from UJ has been offered the first Honorary Research Fellow position in the Democracy and Governance and Service Delivery programme

Why our Constitution matters

South Africa is burning. Literally. The upcoming local government elections threaten to provoke even more widespread violence. Despite being a constitutional democracy, citizens and residents feel that their voices are not being heard and the dire economic situation facing ordinary people is escalating tensions. We need leaders to step up and enter into a Constitutional Dialogue that renews our commitment to a non-racist, non-sexist society where life has improved for all.

Public Lecture by Former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo

Public Lecture by Former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo

Date: 30 June 2016

Time: 18:00 for 18:30

Venue: Gallagher Estate


RSVP: Nicola Kruyshaar ( by 20 June 2016)

Reforming party finance in SA: exploring the options

Money plays a fundamental role in a democracy. Political parties need to reach their constituencies and inform them of their policies. Not disclosing private donations can lead to corruption, cronyism and policy capture, but would disclosing donations necessarily increase public trust? Collette Schulz-Herzenberg and Gary Pienaar pick up on this crucial debate.

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