What Gauteng could reveal about South Africa’s political future

Upcoming elections will determine who governs the province and eventually the country.

Gauteng province is home to more South Africans than any other province and is the engine room of the country’s economy. It is also the province that is likely to determine South Africa’s political future during local elections next year and national elections in 2024.

In 2019 the African National Congress (ANC), buoyed by newly elected and popular president Cyril Ramaphosa, won 54% of the vote in Gauteng. The Democratic Alliance’s ambition to gain control of the province appears to have floundered. But with new political actors such as Herman Mashaba on the scene, there is a real chance that an opposition coalition could wrest control from the ANC. Will Gauteng’s voters punish the ANC for its corruption and mismanagement?

Chair: Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Head, African Futures and Innovation, ISS


Prof Somadoda Fikeni, Director, Special Projects, University of South Africa

Stephen Grootes, host of SAFM Sunrise and Presenter on Newzroom405

Development partners
This seminar is funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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