EPISODE 8: Democracy is a Funny Thing

In this final episode of the journey, investigative journalists Diana Neille and Richard Poplak visit the ground zero of the July 2021 uprising: the strategic town of Mooi River. Here, we wrap up our deep dive into the nature of 21st-century liberal democracy, and come to some conclusions on why it appears to be floundering.

Featuring:

Lincoln Waite, resident of Mooi River
Matt Nurse, resident of Mooi River
Gordon Odell, resident of Mooi River
Mzwandile Nconco, resident of Mooi River
Songezo Zibi, author and co-founder of progressive think tank, the Rivonia Circle
Ivor Chipkin, co-founder of the New South Institute
Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers
Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe, Intelligence inspector-general

Archive & Music Credits:

SABC News / eNews Channel Africa /

Written, produced & directed by Richard Poplak and Diana Neille
Fact checking and editorial oversight by Sasha Wales-Smith
Editing & sound design by Diana Neille, Bernard Kotze & Tevya Turok Shapiro
Original soundtrack & visual aesthetic by Bernard Kotze
Additional music by Janus van der Merwe
Additional voice work by Ayanda Charlie
Transcriptions by Gloria Cooper
Project Manager: Kathryn Kotze
Marketing lead: Sarah Koopman
Editor-in-Chief: Branko Brkic
Deputy Editor: Jillian Green
Executive Producer: Styli Charalambous

Produced with support from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation
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