Dr Ralph Matekgha, political analyst, commentator and author
This double lecture will discuss how South Africa ‘s democracy is evolving towards a decentralised system whereby political power is dispersing from the centre to the regions. The aim is to explain the impact of decentralisation on democratic consolidation; whether decentralisation is an inevitable path towards further democratic consolidation in South Africa.
When power disperses from the centre or national sphere of government, we might see more competition for political power at sub-national government (local government and provincial government) with implications on democratic system and institutions. The lecture aims to plot South Africa’s shift towards regionalisation and how the political power contest will most likely follow this trajectory, with the introduction of the new constituency system as part of electoral reforms.