The politics of control

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- sowetanlive.co.za | 2 months ago

When considering the abundance of choices represented on our ballot paper, it is often said that we have a healthy democracy.

Our ruling party and its legacy is increasingly more contested and opposition parties have displayed vehement resistance to its dominance and what has manifested as arrogance over the years. Although robust debate and contestation of power is healthy in any democratic society, we have seen something shift over the past 25 years of ANC rule.

Not only do opposition political parties make it a point of keeping the ANC in line, they tend to find purpose in not critiquing the ruling party but disgracing it.

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