August 04, 2016
South Africa Parties Harder Than A One-Party System
With most of the votes in, it became clear that South Africa’s ruling ANC wouldn’t be the only party in the race anymore. President Jacob Zuma’s party trailed behind the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in Port Elizabeth – where the ANC had been virtually unopposed for the last two decades – as well as in Pretoria and Johannesburg. Losing three cities is the ANC’s biggest political blow since the end of apartheid and could mark a significant shift ahead of the 2019 national election. The ANC may still be in the lead nationally, but Zuma’s frequent corruption scandals have become bad enough to put a few cracks in his once-untouchable party.
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