South Africa elections

The Nordic Africa Institute library staff has compiled this web dossier to coincide with the elections in South Africa 22 April 2009.

Literature in the library

Use the quick links below to locate titles dealing with topics of interest in the library catalogue, AfricaLit. The lists consist of literature - books and articles - in the form of fiction, non-fiction/factual information and official publications, as well as of other material.

Useful keywords

The library suggests the following keywords when searching the library catalogue:

democracy, democratization, elections, electoral systems, parliament, peace keeping, political development, political history, political leadership, political oppostition, political participation, political parties, political power, politicians, post-apartheid, presidency, voting.

Web links

This is a selection of websites dealing with the election in South Africa. Many more items are available online on websites and in discussion forums. More links related to this topic are found in the link collection
A Guide to Africa on the Internet.

ACE Electoral Knowledge Network

Country specific information and regional news with election-related information and documentation on over 200 countries in the world - provided by a network of ACE Regional Centres. 

African National Congress (ANC)

South Africa's national liberation movement. General information about ANC, online documents and publications, incl. the constitution.


The mission is to strengthen electoral processes, good governance, human rights and democratic values through research, capacity building, advocacy and other targeted interventions in Africa.

IFES ElectionGuide : Africa

Provided by IFES, an international nonprofit dedicated to the building of democratic societies. A comprehensive and timely source of verified election information and results available online.

Independent Electoral Commission - South Africa

Created by the Constitution to promote and safeguard democracy in South Africa. Information on elections and political parties.

Independent Online (IOL) - South Africa

News from the 14 titles of the Independent News and Media group, South Africa.

Mail & Guardian Online - South Africa

South Africa's leading independent newspaper offers local, international and African hard news, publishing analytical, in-depth reports from its print edition, and more.

National Treasury - South Africa

Documents released by the National Treasury, South Africa, are available here, incl. the latest annual report, papers on public-private partnerships, budget documents, MTBPS statements, Katz Commission reports and more. 

Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG) - South Africa

Monitoring South African Parliamentary Committees since 1996 and provides reports of the proceedings.

South African Government Online

Information about the government, news, events, speeches, documents (incl. the constitution), programme of action, key issues, links to government departments and more.

The Parliament - South Africa

Information about the National Assembly of South Africa. 

The Times - South Africa

Latest news from South Africa. 

World Political Leaders in the Zárate's Political Collections (ZPC)

Chronological lists of leaders from countries since 1945: heads of State and Government, party leaderships, senior ministers and other relevant officials. Suitable for reference queries, research or documentation works.

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