Committed to Unity: South Africa’s adherence to its 1994 political settlement
This paper reviews the commitment of the remaining power contenders and other political actors to the settlement reached between 1993 and 1996. The paper makes the point that while some of the commitment to and consensus on the ideals and principles of the Constitution passed into law in 1996 can be credited to the presence of President Nelson Mandela, more must be ascribed to the constitutional arrangements and commitments of the primary political actors and the citizens of the country.
Deconstructing the Conditions that Enabled South Africa’s Transition to Power-Sharing
This paper examines the periods of South Africa’s transition from a globally vilified apartheid state to a democratic role model. It looks at the various approaches to power-sharing and reveals a range of activities and prerequisites for its successful practise.
Interrogating the Impact of Intelligence: Pursuing, Protecting and Promoting an Inclusive Political Transition Process in South Africa
This paper provides a behind-the-scenes perspective on the role played by the three branches of intelligence services that existed under the then-apartheid government, during the negotiation process that led to South Africa’s transition to a democratic state.
The 1996 Political Settlement in South Africa: An analysis of the primary strands of the negotiations and its most public actors
This paper examines the primary actors in the negotiations that resulted in a political settlement codified in 1996, the African National Congress and the National Party, but notes that these parties or movements had allies and contrary groups.
The Role of the Business Elite in South Africa’s Democratic Transition – Supporting an Inclusive Political and Economic Transformation
This paper provides insight into the role played by the private sector in supporting the negotiation of a new political settlement in post-apartheid South Africa. It highlights how business steadily became both a conduit and part of negotiations, the political settlement that ensued, and the state-building efforts that followed the first democratic elections in 1994 and continue to this day.