Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Tom Lodge: Neo-Patrimonial Politics in the ANC

Posted in African Politics, South Africa by ruben eberlein on January 17, 2014

Politics in Africa is best understood when taking into account both official and highly personalised relationships of those in power. South Africa has long been cited as an exception of this rule. In the latest issue of African Affairs, however, Tom Lodge describes the creeping and rising influence of neo-patrimonial politics within the ANC. A must-read for everyone interested in the Rainbow Nation.

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‘ANC Needs to Wake Up’ in Light of Election Results, Says Adam Habib

Posted in African Politics, South Africa by ruben eberlein on July 12, 2009

Interview with Adam Habib, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, on the political prospects after the elections and the formation of a new government in South Africa. He says that the ANC  ‘needs to wake up’ in view of the losses in all provinces but KwaZulu-Natal. (more…)

‘Popular Protests in South Africa Will Definitely Increase’

Posted in African Politics, South Africa by ruben eberlein on July 4, 2009

Interview with Justin Sylvester, Political Analyst, Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), Pretoria. Justin talks about his views on the continuing dominance of the ANC, the weaknesses of opposition parties and the possibility of a left-wing breakaway from the ruling party. (more…)

South Africa: A Big Man on the Crest of the Wave

Posted in African Politics, South Africa by ruben eberlein on May 28, 2009

My latest contribution to Konkret (June 2009) offers an analysis of the election results in South Africa. The magazine from Hamburg will be on sale tomorrow. Read some English excerpts here or download the original German article as pdf. (more…)