Tuesday, 3rd April 2012
Protest and Political Participation in South Africa: Time Trends and Characteristics of Protestors
On March 7, 2012 tens of thousands of demonstrators in 32 towns and cities across South Africa marched in protest over new tolls on roads. From the “rolling mass action” of the 1980s to the service delivery demonstrations of the 1990s and 2000s, South African citizens have regularly participated in mass protests to impact public opinion and influence policy makers on political, economic, or social matters. Some scholars suggest that political protests have visibly increased in frequency and intensity in South Africa in recent years, yet little work has systematically examined trends in protest over time. Moreover, despite the regularity with which South Africans demonstrate, we know little about South African protestors. This briefing paper begins with an assessment of trends in protest participation over the last decade in South Africa before providing insights into protestors’ demographic characteristics, perceptions of government accessibility, and political behavior.
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By Adrian Janes
Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.
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