Siya Khumalo | Heritage Month: Why voters use culture and religion to address economic challenges

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Only South Africa’s religious and traditionalist parties grew in 2019 - along with the EFF. This helps explain the global rise of conservatism and loss of confidence in democracy, writes Siya Khumalo. 

In the 2019 general elections, the IFP and FF+ each gained four National Assembly seats, while the ACDP and the Al Jama-ah party gained one each. Front National (Federale Vryheidsparty's reincarnation) grew by a fraction.

With the exception of the EFF, all these parties serve niche religious or cultural interests.

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