People in Johannesburg, South Africa. Editorial credit: Nataly Reinch /

South Africa

South Africa is a constitutional democracy. Since the end of apartheid in 1994, it has been regarded globally as a proponent of human rights and a leader on the African continent. However, in recent years, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has been accused of undermining state institutions in order to protect corrupt officials and preserve its power as its support base began to wane. In 2018, a widely respected anticorruption commission began hearing testimony about high-level corruption allegations.

Our Work in South Africa

Freedom House’s Promoting Civic Education and Participation in South Africa program seeks to strengthen the ability of civil society and community-based organizations to conduct civic education activities in their communities and to support their efforts to strengthen citizen participation in political processes. The program aims to facilitate engagement between citizens and their local and national representatives, increasing the use of tools that improve citizens’ ability to hold government officials accountable. 

To learn more about our work in the region, visit our Sub-Saharan Africa programs page. 

An opposition demonstrator plays the violin during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images.

Freedom in the World — South Africa Country Report

South Africa is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.


Freedom on the Net— South Africa Country Report

South Africa is rated Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.