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Death of a liberation movement: how South Africa’s ANC became just a regular political party – with some help from Jacob Zuma

Death of a liberation movement: how South Africa’s ANC became just a regular political party – with some help from Jacob Zuma

THE African National Congress (ANC), the party that’s led South Africa since the first democratic elections in 1994, has long considered itself a “liberation movement” – representing all South Africans, as the “voice of the people”. But its dismal performance in the 2024 elections (winning only 40% of the national vote) confirms that its transition from the status of a liberation movement to just a political party is now complete. There can no longer be a pretence that it alone represents “the people”. It is now simply the largest among a host of ordinary political parties doing what ordinary political…
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