South Africans head to the polls on November 1st for nationwide municipal elections that will determine who controls the level of government closest to the voters. As with every election since 1994, it will be a celebration of South Africa’s multi-racial democracy — and voting will be in person, on one day, with official photo ID required, and no same-day registration. But the vote is also a chance to reflect on the challenges facing South Africa after nearly three decades of “woke” politics.
“Wokeness” presents itself as the answer to “systemic racism” — and South Africa really did have a racist system, brutally enforced.
The end of racial discrimination, and the ratification of a new constitution with checks and balances, created a “rainbow