What is the biggest threat to democracy in Africa?July 6, 2021 1208 views 15 comments 2 minutes reading time
Many nations continue to deviate from the goal of democracy in Africa.. The continent is amongst the least democratic regions in the world with several countries scoring low on the democracy index. According to Statista, when it comes to having the most authoritarian government worldwide, the Democratic Republic of Congo is second only to North Korea.
As we enter the third decade of the 21st century is there any hope that this may change? So far there has been no significant improvement in the level of democracy across the continent. While many African countries have experienced changes in leadership over the years, new leaders oftentimes perpetuate the political systems of their predecessors. In addition, elections are beset with allegations of vote-rigging and intimidation.
However, many Africans desire more democratic governments. A survey conducted by our partner, Afrobarometer, found that more than two-thirds of Africans would like more open, transparent, and accountable systems of governance. What stands in the way of achieving this?
What do our readers think? We got a comment from Zama who says that African leaders refuse to leave their positions of power and give a chance to the younger generation.
We asked Dr. Khabele Matlosa, the former Director of Political Affairs at the African Union for his perspective.
We put the same question to Thuli Madonsela, advocate and professor of law at Stellenbosch University, and former Public Protector of South Africa.
We also spoke to Kumi Naidoo, the Global Ambassador for Africans Rising for Justice, Peace & Dignity.
For another perspective we spoke to ONE Campaign Champion, Zigwai Tagwai.
What is the biggest threat to democracy in Africa? Will lasting democracy become a reality for many countries across the continent? Let us know your thoughts and comments below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!