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Lifestyle influencers give far right a facelift

Posted by: The Conversation Global highlights

Date: Friday, 19 January 2024

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As a political scientist, I am interested in the ingredients of durable democracies in post-conflict societies, including South Africa. Thirty years after its first democratic elections, the stakes are high for the ANC as the party that took the lead in ushering in a new era. It is nursing a fragile unity ahead of a general election later this year.

The election, expected between May and August, may become the battle for the soul of the young voter. If that is the case, then the ANC needs a fresh image, one less reliant on its history as a liberation movement.

Sandy Africa

Associate Professor, Political Sciences, and Deputy Dean Teaching and Learning (Humanities), University of Pretoria

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