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26 April 2021

South Africans hold contradictory views about their democracy

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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Joleen Steyn Kotze

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