South African elections held amid rising social discontent and alienation from ANC

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South African voters go to the polls today, a quarter century after the end of apartheid in 1994.

They do so amid chronically high unemployment and vast social inequality worse even than under white minority rule. If the African National Congress (ANC) secures a majority, as expected, this is more a testament to the political rottenness of the main opposition parties than to its continued political authority among broad layers of the working class, the younger generation above all.

The sixth election held since the end of apartheid will determine the composition of the National Assembly that forms the basis for the national government.

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