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South Africa election: ANC could lose majority

South Africa election: ANC could lose majority

SOUTH Africans will vote with widespread anger over power cuts, joblessness and corruption threatening to end the dominance of the African National Congress, thirty years after Nelson Mandela led it into power. At no point since world media beamed iconic images of Black South African voters queueing to cast ballots for the first time following the end of white-minority rule has the ANC looked so likely to lose its parliamentary majority. Polls suggest the ANC's share of the vote could fall as low as 40%, compared with 57.5% in 2019, which would force the party into a wobbly coalition with rivals - and potentially…
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South Africa’s new MK party seeks majority win in pivotal election, Zuma says

South Africa’s new MK party seeks majority win in pivotal election, Zuma says

SOUTH Africa's new uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) party is aiming to win a parliamentary majority in a May 29 election so that it can implement reforms without resistance from opponents, former President Jacob Zuma said. Zuma, who was forced to quit as president in 2018, has fallen out with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and has been campaigning for MK, which was formed in December. "We want to get an outright victory because if we don't get the two-thirds (majority), the opposition may oppose us," 82-year-old Zuma told thousands of supporters during a launch of the party's election manifesto.…
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Zuma in court seeking right to run in South Africa’s pivotal election

Zuma in court seeking right to run in South Africa’s pivotal election

SOUTH Africa's top court began hearing legal arguments on whether ex-president Jacob Zuma can run for parliament, a case whose outcome will affect a wide open national election on May 29 and could cause security problems if he loses. Zuma, 82, who was forced to quit as president in 2018 and was sentenced to jail in 2021, has fallen out with the ruling African National Congress and has been campaigning for a new party, uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK). Polls suggest the ANC will lose its majority after 30 years in power, and MK represents a threat to it, especially in Zuma's home province…
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South Africa’s Zuma faces dissent in new party as election nears

South Africa’s Zuma faces dissent in new party as election nears

FORMER South African President Jacob Zuma is facing an attempt to oust him from leadership positions in his new party, state broadcaster SABC reported, three weeks before an election in which he is expected to attract significant support. One of the most divisive figures in South Africa, Zuma was president from 2009 until 2018, when he was forced to quit following a string of corruption scandals involving his administration. Openly hostile to his successor President Cyril Ramaphosa, Zuma announced in December he would not vote for the ruling African National Congress, his longtime party, in the May 29 election, instead…
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How the Mandela myth helped win the battle for democracy in South Africa

How the Mandela myth helped win the battle for democracy in South Africa

POLITICAL history scholar Jonny Steinberg’s 2023 book Winnie & Nelson: Portrait of a Marriage is a double biography of South Africa’s most famous political figures – Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela Mandela – and their role in the country’s struggle for democracy. It’s also a book that shatters countless myths about the couple and the liberation struggle that have been formed in popular culture and even academic tellings of history. As South Africa commemorates 30 years of democracy, we asked Steinberg for his views on how and why these historical myths are formed. How did Winnie and Nelson become so…
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Zuma says he will not vote for ANC in South Africa’s election

Zuma says he will not vote for ANC in South Africa’s election

FORMER South African president Jacob Zuma said he will not campaign for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party in the 2024 general election and will vote for a new party, a sign of growing divisions within the ANC ahead of the vote. Zuma, who said he remained an ANC member, has previously lashed out at his successor Cyril Ramaphosa, accusing him of failing as a leader and betraying the ANC with his stance against corruption. On Saturday Zuma repeated the accusations, and cited among other issues the expulsion from the party of its former secretary general after he was…
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