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We studied why South Africans vote the way they do. This is what we found

By Leila Patel, Professor of Social Development Studies, University of Johannesburg
Yolanda Sadie, Emeritus professor in Politics, University of Johannesburg
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South Africans are set to go to the polls on 27 October 2021 for the country’s sixth municipal elections since the advent of democracy in 1994. The right of all adult South Africans to vote was hard won after a long struggle against colonialism and apartheid.

Voting is a cornerstone of democracy: a chance for people to elect their preferred representatives.…

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