Democracy Reports

Bi-Weekly Social Listening Updates & Recommendations for Electoral Engagement #2

The Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change drew on five barriers analysing voter abstention to research the online elections conversation. These barriers include: personal and administrative barriers, political alignment, disillusionment with politics and performance evaluations. The conversation included debates on whether voting the ANC out would rid the country of corruption and by extension loadshedding; …

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Bi-Weekly Social Listening Updates & Recommendations for Electoral Engagement

The CABC’s snapshot of the conversation from 31 December to 30 January 2024, comprised nearly 500,000 mentions. The conversation was primarily retweet driven in this period, with 395,000+ recorded mentions or 83% of the conversation classed as retweets. This indicates a preference for the sharing of content from select voices, rather than the production of …

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Online conversations about corruption in South Africa

This social media analytics report focused on corruption conversations in South Africa covering the period 01 May 2023 – 30 June 2023. The report found that the online corruption conversation can be divided into two broad camps i.e. the radical economic transformation (RET) network who do not acknowledge state capture and are ardent Jacob Zuma …

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Anti-corruption project: Online conversations about corruption in South Africa

This social media analytics report focused on corruption conversations in South Africa covering the period 01 May 2023 – 30 June 2023. The report found that the online corruption conversation can be divided into two broad camps i.e. the radical economic transformation (RET) network who do not acknowledge state capture and are ardent Jacob Zuma …

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Protest Narrative Deep Dive Report

#Nationalshutdown trended on Twitter in January. It was primarily used as a tool to gain public support to stand up against a tariff increase. However, it also became an opportunity to drive a political agenda. We explore this in our Calls for mobilisation report. Read full report

ANC elective conference news media coverage

The ANC is less than a week away from its national elective conference. Earlier this month, the CABC released a report that investigated the scope of conversation on Twitter around four presidential candidates; Lindiwe Sisulu, Zweli Mkhize, Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. In this report, we analysed how three South African media houses reported on …

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ANC elective conference – Presidential candidates on social media

The 55th ANC elective conference is only a few days away. In view of this, researchers at the CABC zoomed in on the online campaigns of ANC presidential hopefuls – Cyril Ramaphosa, Zweli Mkhize, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Lindiwe Sisulu.The aim of this report is to analyse the candidates’ online presence, the policy and/or character differences …

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Periodic Report 5

Our researchers focused on three thematic areas; namely the ANC Elective Conference, the Constitution, and Corruption. A significant part of the conversation revealed that social media users have an acute awareness of a faltering social contract in South Africa. Furthermore, after identifying some narrative manipulation, there is a clear trend of vested interests polarising and …

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