Is Mandela’s Party Losing Its Electoral Touch?
As South Africa nears the next round of national elections next April, observers are trying to estimate how much the African National Congress, the country’s anti-apartheid liberation party, will slip in the polls. No one is predicting gains for the ANC; the question is how many seats it will lose. Both moderate and left-wing parties are challenging its dominance, and the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, is pointing to its largely successful governance of the Cape Town province as evidence that they should be given more power. Still, liberation loyalty holds deep, and analyst Stephen Grootes predicts the ANC will still prevail with more than 60 percent of the vote, down only modestly from a 70 percent high in 2004.
Source: Daily Maverick