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The experience of a neglected housing complex shows the importance of state accountability, economic and social rights, and community activism to the broader struggle for freedom.


Protests erupted across several communities in Pretoria following a decision by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to disregard the mayoral nominations of its local members in favor of a candidate selected by its provincial leadership. 

The South African Constituional Court decision to require President Jacob Zuma and the National Assembly to obey orders by the Public Protector marks a significant victory for accountability.

Freedom House urges the South African government to conduct a rapid and thorough investigation of the raid on the Helen Suzman Foundation, a human rights NGO in South Africa.



Project Director, Southern Africa
Senior Director for Program Strategy, Development and Learning and Director for Central, East and West Africa Programs

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Strengthening participation of young people in South Africa's electoral and democratic processes

The political parties vary in impressions as to the specificity (or not) of issues that concern the youth. The issues are both substantive (concerning aspects of public policy and government action) and procedural (relevant to participation in elections and politics). Parties strive to expand their use of social media. However, the diverse demographic backgrounds of their supporters dictate that they will use a mix of traditional media (pamphlets, newsletters, speeches, door-to-door grassroots visits), intermediary electronic media (SMS and email), and social or new media (Twitter, Facebook, Mxit, WhatsApp, Google broadcasts, podcasts).


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