South Africa is the latest country to see a democratic swing to populism over liberal politics

- | 9 months ago

A South African party committed to liberal values has seen its strong support decline for the first time in democratic history, scuppering a roadmap to take power by 2024 that was over 10 years in the making.

Meanwhile, a populist party that was born just before the previous election has shot to success in the polls with over 10% of the vote. The contrasting fortunes of the liberal Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) speak to a paradigm shift among voters both in South Africa and globally.

As we saw with the US election that delivered Donald Trump to power, liberal voices perceived as elite are increasingly rejected by voters who have to contend with worsening economic conditions.

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