Issues and contenders in South Africa's election

- | 6 months ago

Main contenders * African National Congress (ANC), the party of South Africa’s historic struggle to overthrow apartheid, has won every election since 1994, when Nelson Mandela became President.

Mandela was succeeded by ANC leaders Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma, and the incumbent Cyril Ramaphosa, with Kgalema Motlanthe serving at the post for a few months between the tenures of Mbeki and Zuma. While Ramaphosa is widely expected to return as President, the ANC, which has always polled between 60% and 70% of the vote, could see its support sliding to a historic low of under 50% * Democratic Alliance (DA), is the main opposition party.

Its leader Mmusi Maimane, 38, an electrifying speaker and energetic campaigner, has been Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly since 2014.

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