The Changing Tides of South African National Politics

The African National Congress (ANC), won only 54% of the overall vote in the elections held in South Africa on Wednesday, August 3rd. While in many countries 54% would be seen as a healthy majority, the ANC, the party of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid, has never won a vote with less than a 60% majority since 1994. The party making inroads on the ANC’s electorate is the Democratic Alliance (DA). While this election has not upended the status-quo in South Africa, it marks the beginning of what will likely be significant change in the political make up of South African Politics. More voters are likely to look at the DA as a serious contender in politics, due to the ANC’s seeming declin

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