Inyathelo's dialogue on the implications of the election results on civil society was hosted on 4 October, with guests William Gumede and Stanley Henkeman. Below are summaries of the discussion.
"Professor William Gumede, associate professor of the political economy at the graduate school of public and development management at the University of the Witwatersrand, painted a picture of the state of local government in Cape Town this week. Prof Gumede differentiated between municipalities that generated their own income and others – mostly in the rural areas – which were dependent on national government. The revenue-generating municipalities were now in new hands (the Democratic Alliance) while the ANC controlled municipalities with reduced majorities in areas with little revenue-generating capacity. It is a vicious circle."
"Following the August 3 local government elections, which have shifted not only local government but also societal power away from the governing ANC, South Africa’s civil society organisations will have to find new roles for themselves or risk becoming irrelevant.
The local government elections have reshaped South Africa’s post-apartheid politics. Most of South Africa’s major metropolitan areas are now in opposition hands or, in many places where the ANC is in control, it is either with narrow victories or the party is governing in coalitions. In smaller municipalities where the ANC has won, both in rural and urban areas, it has reduced majorities."
- Read William Gumede's remarks from the event in "Shifting Power", African Independent, 7 October 2016.
View images from the event on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1081547638589902.1073741847.135213949889947&type=1&l=443175d529
and on Democracy Works http://democracyworks.org.za/breakfast-on-the-2nd-floor-dialogue/