South Africa is at a crossroads. With elections scheduled in 2024, the ruling African National Congress party has to grapple with declining public support and a growing opposition. In addition, South Africa's "neutral" stance vis-a-vis Russia in the Ukraine conflict has caused something of a rift in US-South Africa ties.
FPRI's director of research, James Ryan, is joined by Africa Program chair, Charles Ray, Prof. Robert Mattes of the University of Cape Town, and Prof. Victor Ojakorotu, from North West University, Mafikeng, South Africa to discuss next year's important elections and what the future might hold for one of Africa's biggest and most important economies.
Robert Mattes - Robert Mattes is Professor of Government and Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde, and Adjunct Professor at the Nelson Mandela School for Public Governance at the University of Cape Town.
Charles A. Ray - Charles A. Ray, a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Africa Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, served as US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Republic of Zimbabwe.