When I first said that I was going to write a book about the history of democracy in Africa, quite a few people responded with a joke. That will be one of the world’s shortest books, up there with the compendium of great English cooking, they would say.
Thursday’s opening of Parliament celebrates the improvements made since 1994. While these improvements reflect what happened across the continent since 1989, Michael O’Donovan writes, we are reminded that both South Africa and the continent need to do much more before the full benefits of democracy are realized.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) Youth says there is nothing for young people in the country to celebrate after 25 years of democracy.
On the eve of South Africa’s sixth democratic elections on 8 May, thousands of young people took to Twitter to state reasons for why they had no intention to cast their votes. They used the hashtag #IWantToVoteBut.
As the country is set to observe Youth Day on Sunday, some young people in Polokwane – where President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the keynote address at official celebrations – say they are concerned that the day may be losing its symbolism.