Project Officer, African Studies Center
- South Africa
- Southern Africa
- Political parties
Victor Magnani holds a MRes in Political Science with a specialization in African Studies from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He had various professional experiences in South Africa (French Consulate in Cape Town, Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, French Institute of South Africa) prior to joining the African Studies Center of the French Institute of International Relations - Ifri in 2015. His research focuses on elections and political parties in two countries in particular, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Since 2016, Victor Magnani coordinates the Observatory of Central and Southern Africa in collaboration with the French Ministry of the Armed Forces.
South Africa held general elections in May 2019. The African National Congress (ANC) emerged victorious, but failed to win over a majority of registered voters.
Will There Be an Authoritarian Resurgence in Africa? Politique étrangère, Vol. 84, No. 2, Summer 2019
Elections are held on a regular basis in various African countries, but democracy is far from flourishing.
On the eve of the 25th anniversary of democracy in South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) still holds power in a nearly hegemonic way. Nevertheless, the popularity of the party is decreasing while economic and social inequalities are deeply entrenched in the country.
The African National Congress or the Difficulty of Exercising Power Politique étrangère, Vol. 82, No. 3, Autumn 2017
The African National Congress (ANC), which has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid, is in decline.
Movements of African people, being within their countries, on the continent or heading Europe, have numerous and ancient causes. The term “migration” covers a plurality of situations with many internal as well as international implications. Therefore, reasons to migrate deserve a careful...
The Election of Mmusi Maimane as Leader of the Democratic Alliance: a New Era for the Opposition in South Africa Africa in Question, No. 21, June 2015
At the end of the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s federal congress held in Port Elizabeth on Sunday 10th May 2015, Helen Zille was replaced by Mmusi Maimane after eight years as leader of South Africa’s largest opposition party. This passing of the baton had a significant impact both nationally and...
Beyond Racial Dynamics in the South African Political Space, The Constrained Ambition of the Democratic Alliance Lesedi n° 13, December 2011
Since 1994 and the first democratic elections, the ANC has been dominating the South African political scene, although this should not hide the...