Nelson Mandela’s party, the African National Congress (ANC), has been the dominant party in South Africa since 1994. That is changing. For the first time since the first democratic election was held in 1994, the ANC has obtained less than 50% in an election. 46% is how much it scored in the recent municipal elections, an indictment on decades of mismanagement and corruption. Reuters had this information. Here is an excerpt:
South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) took 46% of the vote in municipal elections, the final count showed on Thursday, the party’s worst election outcome since taking power at the end of white minority rule in 1994.
Voters punished the party for repeated corruption scandals and poor basic services in areas that have traditionally been ANC strongholds.
The party has been steadily losing support and winning less than 50% of the vote this week raised the possibility – albeit still remote – that South Africa could be governed by a party other than the ANC in the not-too-distant future.
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