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Title:Fragility and the state: post-apartheid South Africa and the state-society contract in the 21st century
Author:Connolly, Lesley
Periodical:African Journal on Conflict Resolution (ISSN 1562-6997)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:social conditions
State-society relationship
Abstract:During 2012, certain areas of South African governance have started showing increasing signs of fragility. Throughout that year, South Africa experienced more service delivery protests than in the three years before that. In areas such as education, employment and wages it became increasingly clear that the state was no longer able to meet the needs of the people. Examples are the Limpopo textbook crisis (following mismanagement in the procurement and delivery of schoolbooks) and the Marikana or Lonmin miners strike (following claims of exploitation). The paper provides the following recommendations for state building to prevent future protests and violence by renewing the state-society contract and ensuring resilience: 1. develop a more transparent and effective system of checks and balances; 2. build up the opposition; 3. develop a more inclusive participatory mechanism for citizens to advocate for change and to air grievances; and 4. develop a mechanism of accountability for action promised. Bibliogr., note, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]