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South Africa / Afrique du Sud

South Africa

Country facts

South Africa
Date of accession to the APRM March 2003
Review status 1st review completed
Country Review Report publication date  September 2007
NPoA status 3 progress reports published

Faits de Pays

Afrique du Sud
Date d'accession au MAEP Mars 2003
Statut de l’évaluation 1ère évaluation achevée
Date de publication du Rapport d’évaluation national Septembre 2007
Statut du PAN Publication de trois rapports préliminaires


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This policy insight explores the worldwide phenomenon of the digitalisation of democracy, in the context of recently conducted elections in four SADC member countries – South Africa, Malawi, Botswana and Mozambique. This is done through a critical analysis of the role of social media in determining the course and outcomes of these elections, as well as an assessment of the impact of the outcomes of these elections on the SADC region and its mandate. While the digitalisation of democracy is still in its incipient stages in the region, if the 2019 elections in South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique and Botswana are anything to go by the interface between this phenomenon and traditional forms of politics and governance in the region holds grim prospects. The analysis concludes with the observation that urgent measures are needed to reform the region’s political culture and systems and align them to ongoing technological changes, in order to avert an Arab Spring-like revolt. (By Fritz Nganje)

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South Africa’s constitutional democracy reserves a specific role for the judiciary in upholding human rights. This responsibility inevitably has an impact on the formulation and conduct of South Africa’s foreign policy. The constitution is clear in mandating that all public power be exercised in accordance with the rule of law; that it be rational; and that relevant considerations be taken into account and given appropriate weight to ensure informed  and accountable decision-making. This is as true for foreign policy as it is for any other type of governmental policy, making it susceptible to judicial scrutiny. It is the constitution that is to be the ‘light that guides our foreign affairs’. (by Nicole Fritz) pdf  View file (142.7 kB)

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South Africa's 2007 African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Country Review Report (CRR) identified numerous governance challenges. The country committed itself to eradicating these challenges through implementing a National Programme of Action (NPoA). However, seven years later, these challenges persist and the APRM has fallen off the public radar. In January 2014, South Africa launched its third APRM NPoA implementation report, to show what progress has been achieved since the last implementation report in 2011. This policy briefing critically analyses the latest report and comes to the conclusion that, while reporting on APRM matters has improved significantly since the first two efforts, it is still unclear what value the APRM brings to enhancing governance in South Africa. Specifically, failures to link the NPoA to domestic policies and incorporate it in the National Development Plan (NDP) indicate that the APRM is largely being used in a foreign policy context by the government. (by Yarik Turianskyi, SAIIA)

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South Africa's Third APRM NPoA implementation report (2014)

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This is South Africa's Second APRM NPoA Implementation Report (2010)

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South Africa attempted to distill the APRM Questionnaire down to 4 pages but had significant problems with its survey due to problems in the design of this form.

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South Africa's First APRM NPoA implementation report

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This collective and independent submission was made to the South African APRM review process by three civil society organisations. 

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