Local Government Elections 2021-Does SA have a religiously motivated electorate?
The webinar is based on a paper written by Dr Siphiwe Dube titled A Religiously Motivated Electorate in South Africa? South Africa is a predominantly religious country with the four main religions Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, traditional African religions and Judaism. Dr Dube’s paper explores the intersection of religion and elections in the context of South Africa. It does so through a comparative analysis of the South African context in relation to other African countries where similar work exists. The aim being to contextualise the South African experience within the broader African context, as well as to point out some differences that are particular to the South African context.
Religion has the potential to influence socio-political and economic processes. The webinar explores the relationship between religion and politics in South Africa as we approach the Local Government elections and also answers the question whether there is a religiously motivated electorate in South Africa.
Join the discussion on 26 October at 11 am.
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Dr Siphiwe Dube
Dr Siphiwe Dube is a Senior Lecturer and former Head in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is an author of numerous interdisciplinary articles and chapters (and also supervises) on a range of topics covering African politics and religion, decoloniality, feminisms, post-colonial literature, race, religion and masculinities, religion and identity politics, religion and popular culture, and transitional justice. His current two projects focus on African Political Theology and the Religious New Right in post-apartheid South Africa. He is a United World College (Atlantic College) alumnus, a former NRF-DST Scarce Skills Development Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and currently a Pan-African Scientific Research Council Fellow as well as Africa Fellow at IASH, Edinburgh, amongst other things.
Professor Nicola de Jager
Prof Nicola de Jager (PhD Political Science, University of Pretoria) is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science (Stellenbosch University), and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Commonwealth & Comparative Politics. She is a nationally rated researcher (NRF) with publications on the topics of South African politics, religion and politics in sub-Saharan Africa, and comparative politics.
Professor Kealeboga J. Maphunye
Kealeboga J. Maphunye is a Professor of African Politics and a former Chair of Department, Political Sciences, at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is also a former WIPHOLD -Brigalia Bam Research Professor and Chair in Electoral Democracy in Africa at UNISA. He holds a doctoral degree in Government from the University of Essex (UK), Master of Public Administration (MPA) (University of Botswana) and BSc. Sociology (Hons.) (University of Zimbabwe). He has observed elections in many African countries and conducts research on elections, governance and democracy in SA, focusing on public administration and management; as well as on similar topics globally. His recent publications include: •2019b. Maphunye, K., & Motubatse, K. 2019. Consequences of (un)regulated party funding in South Africa between 1994 and 2017. The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 15(1), 10 pages. doi:https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v15i1.557, ISSN: 1817-4434, E-ISSN: 2415-200. • 2019c. “Credible but flawed: The Management of the Elections”, ELECTION 2019, Schulz-Herzenberg, C. and Southall, R. (Eds.), Jacana Media: Auckland Park, pp.32-43. • 2019d. “Are Electronic Voting Technologies Feasible and Constitutional? Observations from a few African case examples”, Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 15 (1) 2019), pp.1-11. • 2021a. “Claude Ake's Critical Thinking about African Democracy”, AFRICAN VOICES IN SEARCH OF A DECOLONIAL TURN, Siphamandla Zondi (Ed.), Africa Institute for South Africa: Pretoria, pp.215-232, ISBN: 978-0-7983-0531-0.
Dr Gerhard Wolmarans
Dr Gerhard Wolmarans teaches Political Theory at the Dept of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria. His main areas of interest and research include diversity studies, the politics of identity and the history of democratic ideas along with a general focus on the role and place of politics in the midst of deep difference. A recent publication is this regard is entitled The Embrace of Plurality: Openness to the Other as a Foundational Public Norm, in the African Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies (2020, 9(2)).