Viewed in a global context, SA’s election results in May were atypical; in fact, they went about as sharply against the grain as they possibly could. It is worth asking why.

Electorates around the world are, famously, bringing shocking people to power: the US, Brazil, Italy, Hungary. Elsewhere, in the UK, France and Germany, for instance, the fortunes of the far right are growing. Electorates are increasingly sceptical of the establishment and are shattering coalitions that had been stable for decades.

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