/ 03 June 2024

South Africans vote for change

Cyril Ramaphosa South Africa

The African National Congress (ANC) party has lost its majority in South Africa’s general election, capturing 40% of the vote. It’s the first time that’s happened since 1994 – that was when Nelson Mandela led the party to power after the end of apartheid. Experts say it’s down to voters being unhappy about the country’s unemployment figures, inequality and an energy crisis that’s led to widespread blackouts. And despite still holding the majority of seats in South Africa’s parliament, it means the ANC will have to form a coalition… It’s most likely to do that with one of 3 parties, and political watchers are eager to see how that will work in practice. The result has also heaped pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa – he has 2 weeks ahead of the parliament’s scheduled swearing-in to make it happen. Watch this space…

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