Civil society action is the politics of the future

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Only sustained civil society activism can halt the march of an authoritarian like Donald Trump. Picture: Bloomberg / Getty Images
Only sustained civil society activism can halt the march of an authoritarian like Donald Trump. Picture: Bloomberg / Getty Images

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The Donald Trump soap opera and America’s election season have overshadowed what may be the most significant lesson for South Africans – the extraordinary resurgence of civil society.

The day after Trump was inaugurated as US president in January 2017, at least 5 million people joined in a women’s march – the largest demonstration in the history of the US.

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