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oa Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe - Die rol van politieke partye en verkiesings in die konsolidering van demokrasie in samelewings, met spesiale verwysing na eietydse Suid-Afrika

Volume 15 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1995-5928

 

Abstract

Die koms van die "derde demokratiese golf" gedurende die laat 1980’s en vroeë 1990’s het daartoe bygedra dat die meeste state in Afrika finaal die juk van kolonialisme en outoritarisme afgewerp het. Tydens hierdie fundamentele oorgang is nuwe politieke partye gevorm, nuwe grondwette opgestel en demokratiese verkiesings regoor die vasteland gehou. Suid-Afrika was geen uitsondering nie.

Na bykans drie dekades van demokrasie worstel politieke ontleders egter met talle vrae: Hoe suksesvol was die konsolidering van demokrasie in sub-Sahara-Afrika, en Suid-Afrika in die besonder? Aanduidend van die soeke na antwoorde op hierdie kwelvrae in Suid-Afrika spesifiek is die onlangs-verskene publikasie onder die redaksie van Heather A. Thuynsma getiteld Political parties in South Africa: Do they undermine or underpin democracy? (2017).

The role of political parties and elections in consolidating democracy in societies, with special reference to contemporary South Africa

Today it is universally accepted not only that political parties contesting elections in order to gain the authority to rule is the hallmark of any representative democracy, but also that these institutions act as major actors in consolidating democracy in the aftermath of the elections. In this regard South Africa is no exception. Since the transition to a constitutional democracy in 1994 South Africa has had five general elections in which a large number of political parties participated. During the first general election in 1994 19 political parties participated nationally. This number rose to 29 during the latest general election in 2014. These political parties have also participated during this relatively lengthy period to a greater or lesser extent in consolidating the new inclusive democracy. Despite the fact that the particular electoral system applied during these elections displayed shortcomings, these impediments were apparently not sufficient to derail the process in its entirety.

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