South Africans hold contradictory views about their democracy

CATEGORY: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State
DATE: 26 April 2021
AUTHOR: Joleen Steyn Kotze

How do South Africans view democracy? Are they in the camp of those who see democracy through a more authoritarian lens – in other words, where the state plays a more intrusive role? Or do they see democracy as more participatory, where citizens have a greater say?

This is an important question as the country commemorates 27 years of constitutional democracy after the historic founding election on 27 April 1994.

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