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Race influences voting, although trend declining: Expert

Race still influences people’s votes although the trend is declining. This is according to  SeniorLecturer and Research Consultant Prof Susan Booysen. 

The local government elections are cross-over events between localised issues and the big narrative.

Booysen says voters have become more accustomed to post-apartheid era and are reckoning the 22 years are quite sufficient periods to cast the verdict over the performance of local government, she says. 

“The legacies of colonialism and apartheid are still around us. The legacies are often cast in racial terms, e.g. racial segregation, racial divisions in terms of equality and income. These are still pervasive in South African society,” she says.

 

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