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Our Perverse Guide to South African Politics

In the run-up to the South African election, Tommy Dennis presents a 'Perverse Guide to South African Politics.'


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So it’s election season in the republic at the bottom of Africa. South Africans go to the polls on the 7th of May and right now it’s silly season, from Jacob Zuma telling us a year after the Marikana Massacre that “We have a good story to tell,” to the week-long marriage and then divorce of the Democratic Alliance and Agang. So in the run up to the South African elections, a guide is in order– every major political party, the who, what and the why.

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People queue to vote for South Africa's national and provincial elections at a polling station in the Tlhabologang township in Coligny on May 8, 2019. - South Africans voted on May 8 in the country's sixth democratic general election since the end of apartheid in 1994. (Photo by LUCA SOLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUCA SOLA/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa: I Voted Today and I've Regretted Nothing More​

Op-Ed: They say we need to vote because people died to win us this right. The gag is, people are still dying needlessly even though they have it.

Yesterday was the sixth year anniversary of my father's death. He died from colon cancer in a government hospital that forgot to let us know that he even had cancer to begin with. After being treated with such indignity for months, day after day, the cancer is not what killed him. He simply pulled out the tubes of his ventilation machine. He'd had enough and I have never held that against him.

As I stood in the long queue to vote in today's elections, I considered turning back and going home numerous times. ''Walk away before you get to the front" is what I kept telling myself. But I eventually voted because that's what politically aware and responsible citizens do—even when it doesn't seem like the responsible thing to do personally.

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The ANC Reportedly Couldn’t Afford to Pay Artists to Perform at The Launch of the Party’s Manifesto

Artists billed to perform at the ANC's manifesto launch didn't show up.

South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) launched its manifesto last week Saturday in Durban ahead of the national elections taking place later this year. Artists who were supposed to perform during the event, however, didn't show up.

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Watch the Hazy Music Video for Burna Boy's 'Secret' Featuring Jeremih and Serani

Burna Boy drops a new music video for a fan favorite from his Grammy-nominated album 'African Giant.'

Grammy-nominated Burna Boy shares the music for the latest single "Secret," a fan favorite from his seminal album African Giant.

The track, which features American singer Jeremih and Jamaican dancehall artist Serani, is arguably one of the album's most fun and memorable tracks. The song gets a hazy music video starring the three artists in various dimly-lit, monochromatic settings. The video was directed by David Camarena.

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Listen to J Hus' New Album 'Big Conspiracy'

The artist's highly-anticipated sophomore album features Burna Boy, Koffee and more.

J Hus is back. The heavyweight British-Gambian artist returns with his highly-anticipated sophomore album Big Conspiracy.

The 13-track album features the likes of Burna Boy, who joins the artist on the upbeat track "Play Play," as well as buzzing Jamaican artist Koffee who appears on the track "Repeat," one of the album's clear standouts.

It also features a new artist by the name of iceè tgm on three tracks. Some fans have speculated that the mysterious artist is J Hus' sister. The album includes the previously released single 'Must Be,' which he dropped in November of last year.

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