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Date:08 May 2019
South Africa elections: ANC in crucial elections to determine its fate

 Eligible South African voters began voting on Wednesday in a national elections set to test the popularity of the country’s new leader President Cyril Ramaphosa who has promised to change the dissatisfaction among South African voters about the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which has been in power since 1994.


Ramaphosa took over from corruption-accused Jacob Zuma who oversaw the ANC's most significant drop in support since 1994. He acknowledged on the eve of the election "we are humble enough to admit our mistakes. We have taken decisive steps to fight corruption".


The election comes 25 years after Nelson Mandela led the African National Congress to power in the country's first multi-racial vote, which marked the end of apartheid.


Support for the ANC has fallen in every election since 2004 with the party winning 54 percent in 2016 local elections, compared with 62 percent in 2014's national vote.


The ANC has been confronted by deepening public anger over its failure to tackle poverty and inequality in post-apartheid South Africa.


The ANC has won all five previous elections, and is tipped to come out on top again albeit with a reduced majority.




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