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Human Security and Democracy in South Africa


Main Image Credit Khayelitsha Township near Cape Town. Courtesy of Svetlana/Adobe Stock


South Africa has faced a long and rocky political journey resulting in the institution of a democratic government. Yet despite a reoriented state, the country continues to be plagued by corrupt and fraudulent regimes.

For many countries with weak governance, the coronavirus pandemic has not only created new problems, but aggravated existing fissures. The pandemic has further exposed South Africa’s failing healthcare system, highlighted its endemic political corruption and brought renewed attention to high crime rates and police brutality. As the country struggles to maintain the basic rights and human security of its citizens, the future of South African democracy is in trouble. The

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Olivia Kearney

Community Building Officer

Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies

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