Political Culture In South Africa

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Introduction: Political Culture has been questioned to have many definitions as it is yet an early process which political scientists are still exploring now to this to see how it affect politics. A political culture provides key elements to the South African political system both in an individualistic and a collective perspective. In South Africa we share a democratic political culture as we are now drawn to democracy after the 1994 change of system. Even now some political leaders don’t uphold the democracy needed in South Africa such as Julius Malema as discussed in the articles provided. Thus Malema disrespects the constitution and further it will be discussed as to why the South African political culture is under debate due to its changing…show more content…
The attitudes and beliefs provide an underlying notion and rules that govern behaviour in the political system. Political culture in Chilton’s (1988, 419) view is that people created political culture through their own personal views and that affected what system of politics is created in return. This can therefore show that political culture reflects the government in most cases however it must be made clear that political culture is not linked to political ideology. Political culture reveals how people affect the political system through their culture and beliefs. (Chilton, 1988, pg. 419). Political culture and its key role for the political system of South Africa: Political culture contributes a purposeful role in the political system of South Africa as it provides the country with multiple benefits and structure. If the political culture was different to everyone the country would suffer immensely. In political culture the functions can be split into two different categories, firstly the function for the individual. Secondly the function for society which gives structure in the political system. Functions of a political culture for an…show more content…
Political culture in a collective theory can make the sharing of dominant values of politics lead to political legitimacy in a country. In a group scenario, a group of individuals would not live together if they all had different cultures and didn’t support either of each other’s views politically, it would not be socially viable. “That people in a group all equally confront the distribution of characteristics found in that group” (Chilton, 2016, pg. 422). Further the functions of political culture gives the country beneficial aspects which are style, mood, tone and

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