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.


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

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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
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