There is a failure within the governing party -- over a period of many years -- to uphold and promote the democratic culture and values enshrined in our Constitution and to hold its own accountable.
Joel Bregman is the Senior Researcher at My Vote Counts. His focus area is intraparty democracy -- working to understand the extent to which political parties institute democratic practices internally and why this is important for South Africa's democracy and governance. He previously worked at the Social Justice Coalition from 2010 until 2016 and worked briefly for #UniteBehind. Bregman received a Master's in Historical Studies from the University of Cape Town and studied history, politics and film in his undergrad.
The news cycle of the past few weeks -- before the unrest -- was dominated by the legal wrangling of former president Jacob Zuma and his efforts to keep himself out of prison. There have been countless analyses about how our constitutional democracy was tested and stood up to these challenges and that this was indeed a victory for the rule of law.
Soon after Zuma's incarceration, just before midnight on 7 July, social unrest swept the country. We witnessed devastating scenes and tangible illustrations...