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    Patronage Politics Divides Us: A Study of Poverty, Patronage and Inequality in South Africa

    Patronage Politics Divides Us: A Study of Poverty, Patronage and Inequality in South Africa explores patronage politics and how it contributes to some of the problems bedeviling local government politics, and how poverty and inequality relate to political patronage.

    The establishment of local government structures and systems of accountability are among some of attempts at formalising democracy at a local level over the past 17 years. As democratic local government has matured, so have informal relationships between citizens and this sphere of government congealed – ranging from informal recruitment and employment practices, conduct of the councillors and municipal employees, and practices to garner political support and reward, to local community protests.

    Nineteen years into democratic South Africa, however, it is apparent that local government is facing strain in many areas of the country. Numerous surveys, over different periods, indicate that local government is the least trusted of all spheres of government. Local protests over poor delivery of social services have become a recurrent feature in many communities.

    The report is a profile of socio-economic life in South Africa’s various communities as experienced not only by locals, but also by foreign-born residents. The findings also show the relationship between councilors, business interests and local party organisations.

    To purchase Patronage Politics Divides Us: A Study of Poverty, Patronage and Inequality in South Africa please contact Ms Angela McClelland at angela@ste.co.za or on 27-11-646-2844

    Patronage Politics Divides Us: A Study of Poverty, Patronage and Inequality in South Africa can also be purchased as an eBook from Kalahari

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