Brigalia Bam reflects on her life and leadership in SA politics

Brigalia Bam headed the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for 12 years from 1999 until 2011 and has intimate knowledge of the mechanics of elections in South Africa and in many other African countries where the IEC was called upon to observe or assist with electoral procedure.

The IEC has gained a reputation for well-managed elections that many say can be directly attributed to her leadership.

Bam recently launched autobiography ‘Democracy - More than just Elections’, which is not only a chronicle of her career, but an account of South Africa’s success in managing elections in challenging situations, in some of the most troubled parts of Africa.

From electoral projects in the Comoros, Rwanda and Nigeria, to her relationship with Tata Nelson Mandela and her rural upbringing, education and work abroad; Bam sat down to openly discuss her memoirs with Redi Tlhabi.

Looking back on it all, there is always room for reflection. From the early days of our upbringing beyond conscious politics. Where as a child you become aware of your surroundings; your community; your privilege. My grandfather was the spokesperson for our community and my parents would fill out forms for families who were illiterate.

Brigalia Bam, former IEC Head

Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:


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