ANC faces tough challenge as South Africans go to polls

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- ft.com | 4 months ago

South Africans headed to the polls on Wednesday in what is expected to be the tightest electoral test yet for the ruling African National Congress of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Polling stations opened at 7am across Africa’s most industrialised nation to elect a new parliament, which chooses the country’s president, and provincial legislatures, as the ANC fights to defend a national majority it has held since the birth of democracy in 1994. The party is widely expected to win about 55 to 60 per cent of the vote — below its share in the 2014 national election when it was returned to office with 62 per cent.

Many will see the result as a verdict by voters on Mr Ramaphosa’s promised “new dawn” after a decade of misrule by the ANC under Jacob Zuma, his predecessor.

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