Unformatted text preview: endure(Bhorat, 2010: 46). High levels of inequality also have an effect on the political side of a society. Inequality has been linked to lower votes being cast in elections and an increase in crime rates, neither of which are ideal circumstance for a democracy (Bhorat, 2010: 46). . However, South Africa has a parliamentary system where parliament is the sovereign and power is shared equally among the executive and the cabinet. A parliamentary system is beneficial towards democracy as the government is voted into term on pure majority, however the opposing parties also remain in a political position which keeps the competition strong in a democracy (Prezworski, 1997: 304-305). South Africa has the two key aspects in order for a democracy to flourish; a steady economic growth and a parliamentary system. However, if the issue of inequality in income and social groups is not addressed, this could pose a major threat to the stability of our democracy....
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2012 for the course POL 1004F taught by Professor Zwele during the Spring '11 term at University of Cape Town.
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