The sharp decline in trust in government is serving to underline that trust is an essential, yet often overlooked, ingredient in successful policymaking. Without trust in governments, markets, and institutions, support for necessary reforms is difficult to mobilize, particularly where short-term sacrifices are involved and long-term gains might be less tangible.
The DDP hosted a Political Summit Webinar on 22 July 2021. On the panelist, we had Sy Mamabolo, the Chief Electoral Officer of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Denis Kadima the Executive Director of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa, and was facilitated by Dr. Isaac Khambule, from the University of KwaZulu Natal’s School of Built Environment and Development Studies.
This conference explored this concept deeper whilst examining what can be done to mend the trust deficit in the country, especially as it pertains to voting, engagement within local government, and chapter 9 institutions. More importantly, it explored mechanisms for greater political accountability so as to prevent further decline in public trust.