Nelson Mandela's Party Faces Big Setback In South African Elections

07 Août, 2016, 00:57 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
  • Nelson Mandela's Party Faces Big Setback In South African Elections

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa's ruling party has won a narrow victory in the country's largest city, Johannesburg, in municipal elections amid its worst-ever showing at the polls.

Zuma is facing intensifying calls from the opposition to resign; even some veteran ANC members have urged the embattled leader to step down, saying the scandal has damaged the party's image and has fractured the trust of its supporters.

"Election after election, the ANC has hung on its past glory and kept its place in the hearts of most South Africans ..."

Ahead of final results, the ANC was still struggling to hold on to its outright majority in Johannesburg, the country's economic centre.

Voters have been growing frustrated with the governing party as the economy has struggled and political scandals have grown.

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South African rapper AKA posted that the vote would make the ANC "more efficient, stronger and better".

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa centre back, greets opposition Economic Freedom Front party members at the results center in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. This is the party's weakest result in an election since the party helped free black South Africans from white minority rule in 1994.

The election has been notable for its peaceful power shift away from an entrenched government in Africa, where some leaders have been in office for decades. "The 2019 campaign starts now", he said.

More than 26 million people were registered to vote, and more than 61,000 competed for seats. With 95 percent of votes counted the ruling ANC appea. The DA has excelled in having a strategic vision for Cape Town, although it too has blind spots.

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Many South Africans are also concerned over allegations that Zuma is heavily influenced by the Guptas, a wealthy business family of immigrants from India.