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  • Politeia: Editorial
    • Abstract: As the outgoing Editor, I thank all the role players, especially the Editorial Committee and peer reviewers, who have contributed immensely to the success of our Journal. Much as I enjoyed editing and managing this journal, the task was not as an easy one - therefore, I appreciate the assistance offered by Mrs Martha Mashamaite, who voluntarily and without receiving any acknowledgement, has assisted with the recording of minutes and other administrative tasks. I also wish Thabisi Hoeane, the incoming Editor, well during his term. Four articles that have been selected for publication in this issue are briefly introduced in the following paragraphs.
      PubDate: 2016-04-22T07:25:47Z
  • Politeia: Polarity in contemporary international politics : a
           uni-interpolar order?
    • Authors: Tella; Oluwaseun
      Abstract: The structure of power in the international system has generated interest amongst scholars around the globe. Some argue that the international system is unipolar. This is premised on the notion that the United States is the only state with preponderance in all components of power - military, economic, technological and cultural. Other scholars view global politics through a multipolar lens. Unlike the 'primacists' (proponents of unipolarity), they posit that the United States has lost its primacy in the global arena and that new players have emerged that compete with it. Furthermore, many scholars posit that the structure of power in today's international system has become so sophisticated and complex that traditional models such as unipolarity, bipolarity and multipolarity are insufficient to explain the reality in contemporary international realpolitik. It is in this context that Huntington's uni-multipolarity, Grevi's interpolarity and Haass' nonpolarity can be located. Using both primary and secondary data, this article explores the structure of power in contemporary international politics. It seeks to determine whether or not existing models are adequate to explain the dynamics of such politics. It concludes that uni-interpolarity (a hybrid of uni-multipolarity and interpolarity) best explains the features of today's global politics.
      PubDate: 2016-04-22T07:25:46Z
  • Politeia: Development, politics and the feasability of hosting the olympic
           games in Africa
    • Authors: Labuschagne; Pieter
      Abstract: The Olympic Games are a mega-sport event of unparalleled prestige and status on a global scale. The host city is not only rewarded with fame, but since the commercialisation of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, also with the substantial financial benefits, which accrue from staging the Games. The Olympic Games in the modern era have become highly commercialised and generate substantial sums of money. Apart from Africa, all the continents of the world have already had the opportunity to host the Olympic Games. However, the host cities were without exception situated in developed countries that could absorb the substantial costs that staging the Olympic Games entail. This article investigates the feasibility and desirability of hosting the Games in an African city from a developmental perspective and attempts to answer the following question: Is the staging justifiable in light of the continent's developmental problem?
      PubDate: 2016-04-22T07:25:45Z
  • Politeia: South Africa's soft power : a comparative content analysis
    • Authors: Ogunnubi; Olusola
      Abstract: There is an emergent literature on South Africa's soft power. In comparison with other African nations, South Africa possesses enormous soft power assets that it could wield to gain international benefits. However, paradoxically, there is little analysis of the nexus between soft power and South Africa's foreign policy, suggesting a lack of interest among local and international scholars. In light of this reality, this article provides a critique of the current soft power literature relating to South Africa from a comparative perspective. It explores scholars' different conceptions of soft power and the debates on South Africa's soft power. The article identifies three strands of Pretoria's soft power literature and notes that more needs to be done to grapple with the idea of soft power in order to deepen the country's use of its soft power competences. It concludes by pointing out the role of the intelligentsia and other non-state actors in assisting state agencies to grasp the utility of soft power as foreign policy leverage.
      PubDate: 2016-04-22T07:25:44Z
  • Politeia: Democratisation of employment in the public sector : a
           constitutional perspective grounded in the interpretation of litigated
           cases between 1996 and 2013
    • Authors: Van der Westhuizen; Ernst J.
      Abstract: Employment in the South African public sector has reached a stage where it can be regarded as being fairly democratised. Democratised, in this context, refers to a democratic order where the state acknowledges key interest groups, such as public employees, as important role players in the procedures,systems and structures of government. One major structural arrangement which has been developed in this regard is the entrenchment of democratic values and principles, such as the acknowledgement of basic human rights as contained in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996), which sets out a framework for a new democratic order in workplaces. The courts play an important role in safeguarding the fundamental rights employees.This article highlights the democratic values and principles that govern public administration and discusses court decisions and their implications for public sector employment theory and practice. Using a qualitative research method, in which litigated court cases filed from 1996 to 2013 are interpreted and analysed, this article reports that public employees are mistreated in the workplaces and that their human rights are abused. Emerging areas of concern are unequal treatment, discrimination and unfair labour practices.
      PubDate: 2016-04-22T07:25:43Z
  • Politeia: Editorial
    • Abstract: In the first article, Policy discourse on the possibility of a Pan-African framework on the free movement of persons, Babatunde argues that an effectively implemented framework on free movement of persons is a key indicator of the depth of the regional integration process. According to him, this realisation shapes regional integration efforts across the globe. In Africa, the lack of a legally binding policy and unevenly developed policies on free movement of persons at the sub-regional level serve as major impediments to development efforts. This raises the importance of ensuring that innovative and effective public policy measures are employed to harness the benefits of mobility and migration. This article proposes policy measures that could shape the design and implementation of a normative pan-African framework on the free movement of persons. It recommends political measures which may include active involvement of regional powers in the realisation of available framework, encouraging inter-regional arrangements on the free movement of persons, strengthening the monitoring and evaluation capacity of the African Union Commission (AUC), as well as active participation of the wider civil society in the formulation and implementation of such a framework.
      PubDate: 2016-04-22T07:23:19Z
  • Politeia: Policy discourse on the possibility of a Pan-African framework
           on the free movement of persons
    • Authors: Fagbayibo; Babatunde
      Abstract: A fundamental corollary of deeper regional integration is the ability of citizens to move freely across national boundaries. The extent to which national elites have managed to relax, or completely eliminate, rigid visa and border requirements bears testimony to the commitment to and importance of creating an effective transnational community. This realisation has shaped, and continues to shape, regional integration efforts across the globe. In the African context, while some regional economic communities (RECs) such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the East African Community (EAC) allow some form of free movement of persons, there is no definitive continental legal framework. At the core of this article is an attempt to engage in a policy discourse regarding the possibility of such a framework, with particular reference to Africa. The role of the African Union (AU) in coordinating, monitoring and evaluating policies of the RECs is central to achieving this objective. This article examines the policy contexts capable of shaping the design and implementation of a continental framework on the free movement of persons.
      PubDate: 2016-04-22T07:23:18Z
  • Politeia: Mining corporations' psychosocial, economic and political impact
           on local communities : the case of North West province mining complex
    • Authors: Ojakorotu; Victor, Kamidza, Richard, Oduaran, Choja
      Abstract: Mining operations in North West Province, South Africa, are contributing to ongoing social, economic, political, environmental and related impacts on nearby communities. Mining houses make use of largely expensive and highly specialized processes of extracting minerals while closely guarding relevant knowledge and information from the general public and related institutions. The article employs the theories of resource curse, accumulation by dispossession and radical materialism, whose concepts elucidate the inextricable links between the actions of states, private entities, and civil society in the dynamics of resource abundance, resource-laden conflict, and human rights abuses. The article analyses several impacts, including tense trade union rivalries with serious political implications at both provincial and national levels of politics; provincial political contestation with equally strong grassroots-focused alliances, and a host of socio-economic related service delivery challenges. The above calls for collective sectoral engagement on the dichotomy of creating billionaires who are juxtaposed with people who are living in abject poverty in communities surrounding the mines.
      PubDate: 2016-04-22T07:23:16Z
  • Politeia: Decrypting the congress of the people's diminishing electoral
    • Authors: Maserumule; Mashupye H.
      Abstract: The Congress of the People's (Cope) 7,42 per cent support in the 2009 general elections was followed by diminishing electoral prospects, which started to emerge as a trend in the 2011 local government elections. Its performance spiralled to its lowest ebb in the 2014 general elections. Because of this, an inevitable question is: What is the fate of Cope? Attempts to answer this question abound, largely ascribing Cope's woes to the leadership contestations that fragmented the party along the Mosioua Lekota and Mbhazima Shilowa binary. This is a dominant narrative, with explanations that the leadership contestations inhibited the efficiency of Cope's machinery to contest elections. Much is written about these aspects, including Cope's ideological question and its internal organisation. This article reconsiders Cope's electoral history to establish a context for yet another account for its diminishing electoral prospects, perhaps beyond the dominant narrative. An electoral prospect is a function of the history of an electoral performance. Electoral statistics are analysed to explain Cope's electoral performance. From this exercise, the article contends that the diminishing electoral prospects of Cope are the consequences of how it fared in the 2009 general elections.
      PubDate: 2016-04-22T07:23:15Z
  • Politeia: Socio-economic and spatial inequalities in the provisioning of
           sustainable housing in South Africa
    • Authors: Mpehle; Zwelibanzi
      Abstract: The provision of housing has remained a major challenge in South Africa given the inherited inequalities and injustices of the past. In this democratic dispensation, the goal of the African National Congress (ANC)-led government is to ensure that the dispossessed citizens own properties by land developments and by creating sustainable housing through the promulgation of legislation to redress land ownership of the dispossessed. Since 1994, the government managed to deliver over one million subsidised units and redistributed land to those who qualify according to the set criteria. Despite such positive developments, the disparities between the poor and the affluent in home and land ownership still continue unabated. While the poor, disadvantaged citizens still encounter challenges to access housing and land due to pecuniary difficulties, the previously advantaged communities and the present affluent continue to enjoy the acquisition of houses, land, and monetary assistance from the financial institutions.
      PubDate: 2016-04-22T07:23:14Z
  • Politeia: Ratapayer's interest in municipal annual reports in South Africa
    • Authors: Scott; Daniel D.
      Abstract: Municipal ratepayers are considered to be interested in and significant users of municipal annual reports. An empirical study was conducted to determine the interest of South African ratepayers in their municipal annual reports.To obtain a representative population of municipal ratepayers with e-mail contact details, two reliable databases for the identification of the samples were used. These were from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Companies Intellectual Property Registration Office (CIPRO) of the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC). The results suggest that ratepayers had little interest either in participating in the survey or in municipal annual reports. According to the findings, ratepayers are concerned about and interested in service delivery. Considering the effort and financial resources required to prepare and publish a comprehensive annual report, the results of this study indicate that a significant user group does not use it; this would seem to indicate the need for a reassessment of the format, preparation and publication of the report.
      PubDate: 2016-04-22T07:23:13Z
  • Politeia: Editorial
    • Authors: Maphunye; Kealeboga J.
      Abstract: The original versions of the following articles were presented at the 2nd Annual WIPHOLD-Brigalia Bam Chair in Electoral Democracy Colloquium, 15 - 17 October 2014, at the University of South Africa (Unisa). All the papers addressed the colloquium theme : EMBs and democratic consolidation in Africa : Is the continent on the right path? This theme critically examined the roles of election management bodies (EMBs) and how they contribute to processes of promoting democracy through elections in the continent.
      PubDate: 2015-11-05T12:41:34Z
  • Politeia: A comparative study of the challenges of being independent :
           case studies (Botswana independent electoral commission and electoral
           commission of Zambia)
    • Authors: Sesa; Leonard L.
      Abstract: Elections in a democracy are a way to bring about a peaceful transfer of power in an organised and peaceful manner within a legal framework. However, this process, in most countries, carries with it elements of uncertainty and tension. Southern African countries like Botswana and Zambia have more experience with comparative democratic electoral politics than others. This article seeks to identify the legal framework that govern and the weaknesses and opportunities that exist in the electoral commissions of Botswana and Zambia in order to eradicate the current challenges faced by election management bodies (EMBs); more importantly, it seeks to understand their image as impartial players in the conduct of general and other elections that are held in Botswana and Zambia in order for the SADC region to learn from these two EMBs. The purpose of this article is to critically compare and analyse the independence of the Zambia Electoral Commission and the Botswana Independent Electoral Commission, in order to establish the extent of the adequacy of the legal frameworks that govern their independence. The article argues that an EMB has to win the confidence of all stakeholders in the electoral process.
      PubDate: 2015-11-05T12:41:33Z
  • Politeia: The impact of the composition and staffing of the Zimbabwe
           Electoral Commission on its performance
    • Authors: Makoni; Petty
      Abstract: This article seeks to provide insight into the trends in appointment, composition and function of the Commissioners of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and its staff, depicting the impact of the changes experienced on its mandate. It articulates the legislative support to responses that necessitated the change from being a typically governmental then mixed model to an Independent Electoral Management Body (EMB), conforming to the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections in a bid to ensure transparency and integrity in managing elections. It explores the competencies of the EMB in executing its mandate. The article also identifies how the knowledge gap in electoral processes continues to be minimised by capacity building; a leadership that resonates and a mission that seeks to be informed by regional and international best practice.
      PubDate: 2015-11-05T12:41:32Z
  • Politeia: 'I do not know who won the elections' : how not to conduct
           elections and Kenya's democratic reversals
    • Authors: Shilaho; Westen K.
      Abstract: The role of election management bodies (EMBs) in consolidation of democracy, peace and stability in Africa cannot be over emphasised. Kenya's electoral bodies have struggled to assert their autonomy from the executive, a prerequisite for credible elections, since the advent of multiparty politics in 1991. The violently disputed presidential elections in 2007 were partly triggered by a partisan and politicised electoral body. The Chairman of the defunct Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) controversially declared the incumbent, Mwai Kibaki, winner, igniting unprecedented ethnic violence. In the midst of the crisis, he explosively confessed that he did not know who won the elections. The 2013 elections were meant to restore Kenyans' confidence in elections. However, Raila Odinga, the controversial presidential loser in 2007, once again accused the electoral body, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), of electoral fraud in favour of Uhuru Kenyatta. Consequently, the opposition called for the disbandment of the IEBC. Are electoral bodies per se the cause of perennial disputed elections in Kenya?
      PubDate: 2015-11-05T12:41:32Z
  • Politeia: Understanding the marginal role of the election management body
           (EMB) in Algeria's 2014 general election
    • Authors: Rupiya; Martin
      Abstract: The ideological struggle between the West and former liberation movements on the veracity of the post-cold war multiparty democracy is still alive. In Algeria, the ruling Front for the Liberation of Algeria (FLN) continues to view with suspicion this notion, convinced it's a neo-colonial ploy to remove them from power. It is against this intensely contested background that Electoral Management Bodies (EMB) have emerged and trying to find a role. In the Algerian April 2014 Election, the ruling party was confronted by the surging popularity of the Islamic Salvation Front (F.I.S). In that election, the EMB played a marginal, if not overtly partisan role, in spite of the 2012 recommendations by the European Union to undertake reforms. In this case study, it is clear that establishing and consolidating EMBs on the African continent as part of democratisation is still very much work in progress.
      PubDate: 2015-11-05T12:41:31Z
  • Politeia: South Africa - twenty years into democracy : the march to the
           2014 elections, K.J. Maphunye, E. Kibuka-Sebitosi and A.L. Moagi (eds.) :
           book review
    • Authors: Tshishonga; Ndwakhulu
      Abstract: 'South Africa - twenty years into democracy' is a fascinating book that traces the country's election history, particularly the 2014 National Elections. The book looks at what motivates people to vote for a particular political party. It touched on many aspects of the socio-economic challenges faced by the country, which are catalysts for voting for a particular party. Considering the exclusionary nature of the apartheid regime, the authors interrogated why electoral democracy matters for South Africans in the context of democratising elections and deracialisation. It draws lessons and experiences from other countries such as Kenya and Zimbabwe, who claim to be democratic, yet their recent past elections were fraught with fraud and vote rigging. The book points at how electoral democracy in South Africa is at its best compared to other democratic African states.
      PubDate: 2015-11-05T12:41:30Z
  • Politeia: editorial
    • Authors: Malefane; Shepherd
      Abstract: The Editorial Committee of the South African Journal for Political Science and Public Administration (Politeia) had at its first meeting of the 2014 academic year resolved to publish the third issues of both 2014 and 2015 academic years as special issues, and each will be compiled by a guest editor. The 2014 Special Issue will focus on the roles played by election management bodies (EMBs) in the African continent and as such will cover selected countries at which such bodies have played meaningful roles in managing elections freely and fairly. The Special Issue of 2015, for which manuscripts will be invited from scholars in the disciplines covered by the journal, political science and public administration, will focus primarily on "the Presidency in South Africa". Because there is still time available to prepare manuscripts for this issue, authors in these disciplines are encouraged to conduct research on this topic, especially on how the Presidency (as an institution) has evolved over time. The articles that have been selected for publication in this issue focus on stimulating topics that have received intense media coverage both in South Africa and the African continent.
      PubDate: 2015-11-05T08:12:38Z
  • Politeia: South Africa's participation in the Central African Republic and
           Democratic Republic of Congo Peace Miss ions : a comparison
    • Authors: Ferreira; Rialize
      Abstract: After the peacekeeping tragedy in the Central African Republic (CAR) in March 2013, South Africa's participation in peacekeeping missions on the African continent is under investigation. Military personnel of the South African National Defence Force recently took part in both conventional and unconventional, asymmetric warfare in two peace missions, one in the CAR and one in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the CAR a unilateral military agreement between states existed, while in the DRC a United Nations (UN) mandate for multilateral offensive peacekeeping was authorised. The rationale for South Africa's participation in African missions is important while the country is serving as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Its role as one of the leading nations in Africa to deploy peacekeepers is central to its foreign policy. The article focuses on contrasting operations, and diverse challenges such as the authorisation of mandates, funding, logistics and shortcomings in asymmetric training for irregular "new wars" where peacekeepers are required to protect civilians in countries to which they owe little allegiance. Lessons learnt from the widely differing operational experiences in these recent peace missions are discussed.
      PubDate: 2015-11-05T08:12:37Z
  • Politeia: Interpreting the 'Other' in democracy : towards a deliberative
    • Authors: Wolmarans; Gerhard
      Abstract: This article cautions against underestimating the complexity of the inter-subjective interpretation involved in deliberation between citizens in a democracy. The subjective nature of interpretation potentially sabotages the possibility of truly hearing, or reading, others on their own terms, which, in turn, undermines the democratic ideal of basing decisions on the actual will of the interlocutors. Authentic deliberation can in fact only follow on from a 'good reading' of the other, based on the actual rather than the interpreted views of the various parties. I argue that literary theory's long engagement with such interpretive complexity can be employed to illuminate an interpretive stance that would do justice to both deliberation and democracy. In particular, C.S. Lewis's and Mikhail Bakhtin's arguments point to a reading of the other that, while acknowledging our subjectivity, also envisions the possibility of engaging with the other on his or her own terms.
      PubDate: 2015-11-05T08:12:36Z
  • Politeia: Intergovernmental relations and housing policy implementation in
           South Africa
    • Authors: Phago; Kedibone
      Abstract: Housing policy in South Africa requires that government departments at different spheres coordinate their activities to facilitate the provision of housing. This coordination is imperative because without such, effective housing provision remains compromised. The question that this paper raises is: whither intergovernmental relations (IGR) for housing policy implementation in South Africa? From this question it is clear that the nature of this discussion is conceptual as it seeks to engage on the institutional IGR model of public housing delivery. This question is raised in this paper because a system that ties activities of different spheres of government is necessary to realise housing policy implementation outcomes. However, in responding to this question several issues receive attention: Firstly, a broader view on a social contract as well as establishing public institutions to facilitate public service delivery. Secondly, intergovernmental relations and housing which consider the nature of IGR system in place, while arguing that this system is not viable for housing delivery. Thirdly, while the municipal accreditation system has been introduced, it remains complex and costly in addressing housing delivery challenges. In the final analysis, this paper argues for a constitutional amendment which would allow housing to become a functional competency of municipalities similar to other human settlements components such as roads constructions, electricity, sanitation and clean drinking water.
      PubDate: 2015-11-05T08:12:35Z
  • Politeia: Electoral authoritarianism and democratisation in Africa : the
           role of the African Union
    • Authors: Van Wyk; Jo-Ansie
      Abstract: Political leadership in Africa is changing. Evidence of this can be found in the Arab Spring, democratic elections on the continent and the rejection by the African Union (AU) of undemocratic and unconstitutional regime change on the continent. However, procedural rather than substantive democracies operate on the continent, often entrenching authoritarian regimes through elections. These elections show some signs of democratisation and democratic participation, but result predominantly in the extension of the competitive authoritarian regime. The AU subscribes to universally accepted democratic norms, which are often not realised in member states, or sanctioned by the AU. This tacit approval of electoral authoritarianism requires an investigation into the role, if any, of the AU in entrenching electoral authoritarianism on the continent. Applying Levitsky and Way's (2002; 2010) analytical framework leads to the conclusion that the AU has exerted leverage over authoritarian presidents and their regimes in all but a few cases. However, the AU is not yet able to advance the democracy project on the continent, as linkages focus predominantly on socio-economic development and infrastructure expansion rather than the promotion of democracy per se.
      PubDate: 2015-11-05T08:12:34Z
  • Politeia: The chieftainship in Lesotho : to retain or to abolish?
    • Authors: Kapa; Motlamelle A.
      Abstract: This article presents and analyses the perspectives of a number of politicians and academics in Lesotho concerning the relevance and role of chieftainship as an institution in the political system of the country. The study was conducted in response to attempts in 2005 by the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) government to devolve political power and the on-going debate in academic and policy circles on the value of the institution of chieftainship in democratising systems in Africa. Evidence from the field is presented relating to how chieftainship is perceived by politicians (usually but wrongly regarded as competing with the chiefs for political power) and academics in Lesotho, and also to how chieftainship can co-exist with elected councils to consolidate democracy. Chieftainship was found still to enjoy legitimacy among a large number of politicians and academics, and still to be relevant to the country's political system, even subsequent to the establishment of the elected councils.
      PubDate: 2015-11-05T08:12:32Z
  • Politeia: Prosecuting international crimes in Africa, Chacha Murungu and
           Japhet Biegon (eds.) : book review
    • Authors: Basiru; Adeniyi S.
      Abstract: The emergence of the doctrine-the responsibility to protect-that sought to cage all forms of criminal violation of human rights, official and non-official- in the first decade of the twenty-first century may have led to the proliferation of scholarly works in the area; mostly in the sphere of criminal prosecution. However, some of these works have been concentrated in journal articles. Even the few books that have attempted to dwell on this area often treat the prosecutorial aspect of international crime superficially. Added to this is the fact that these books have tended to focus on cases outside of Africa with the implications that African-based scholars and researchers have few African cases to work with. Filling these lacunae would probably have motivated the publication of the book under review.
      PubDate: 2015-11-05T08:12:31Z
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