Accepted paper:

South Africa: the roots of the political crisis

Authors:

Vladimir Shubin (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences)

Paper short abstract:

This paper will try to determine the roots of the current political crisis in South Africa by analysing the correlation of social forces, and of class composition of contesting political parties and actors of so-called “civil society”.

Paper long abstract:

Vladimir Shubin Principal Research Fellow Institute for African Studies Russian Academy of Sciences 30/1, Spiridonovka street, Moscow, 132001 vlgs@yandex.ru + 7 910 415 27 96 South Africa: the roots of the political crisis This paper will try to determine the roots of the current political crisis in South Africa. Most of analysts be them journalists or academics explain it primarily by assessing a controversial role of President Jacob Zuma. However such approach eclipses a vital issue of correlation of social forces, and of class composition of contesting political parties and actors of so-called "civil society", including "Fees must fall" student movement. Taking into account the main theme of the conference - "Urban Africa - Urban Africans: New encounters of the rural and the urban" a special attention will be paid to the urban - rural political divide that became clearly visible after the local election in August 2016.

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Democracy, decolonisation and political contestation: the South African case