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Marikana: a crisis of legitimacy in the institutions that form the foundations of South Africa's 1994 post-apartheid political settlement

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dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-31 en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-05T10:15:27Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-05T10:15:27Z
dc.date.issued 2019-11-05 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/14981
dc.description.abstract This essay argues that the violent explosion at Marikana is an indication that ordinary South Africans are rapidly losing faith in the democratic institutions and social contract arrangements that underpin the 1994 post-apartheid South African democratic social contract, whether Parliament, the collective bargaining system, or the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac). Similarly, legitimate institutions, such as political parties, trade unions and civic organisations the organisations which pre-date 1994 are also increasingly experienced by their members and supporters as not responsive, relevant or accountable. Marikana shows that if democratic institutions and "legitimate" institutions do not become more responsive, accountable and democratic quickly, ordinary people will increasingly look to new ones, including populists ones, or seek answers in violence. The essay concludes that although there are still many democratic and "legitimate" institutions which generate high levels of trust and enjoy widespread credibility and legitimacy, South Africa may have to renew aspects of its democratic social contract, institutions and rules, and in some cases, even create new, more relevant ones. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en
dc.subject INEQUALITY en
dc.subject TRADE UNIONS en
dc.subject VIOLENCE en
dc.subject SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY (SASAS) en
dc.subject MARIKANA en
dc.title Marikana: a crisis of legitimacy in the institutions that form the foundations of South Africa's 1994 post-apartheid political settlement en
dc.type Journal articles - non-HSRC staff en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber TAAMAA en
dc.Volume 41(2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2015/16 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle Social Dynamics en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11046 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=21830 en
dc.PageNumber 327-343 en
dc.outputnumber 10146 en
dc.bibliographictitle Gumede, W. (2015) Marikana: a crisis of legitimacy in the institutions that form the foundations of South Africa's 1994 post-apartheid political settlement. <i>Social Dynamics</i>. 41(2):327-343. en
dc.publicationyear 2015 en
dc.contributor.author1 Gumede, W. en


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