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Nyhet 2024-05-29

Det har gått 30 år sedan de första fria, demokratiska valen hölls i Sydafrika. Idag är det dags igen och valresultatet är minst sagt oförutsägbart. Kommer ANC vinna igen? Läs vår medarbetare Hope Khozas analys av det politiska läget i Sydafrika och dagens val.

South Africans are getting ready for what is set to be the most closely contested elections in the country’s 30 years of democracy. Wednesday, 29 May will be the seventh time that South Africans of all races, from all walks of life, from all corners of our country, will go to vote for national and provincial government. These general elections could see the ruling party, African National Congress (ANC), fail to secure a majority for the first time in 3 decades. This could bring the biggest political shift since the country became a democracy in 1994. South African president who is also the president and head of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa is gunning for his second and final election term. 

Political parties campaign posters in Pretoria, South Africa on 28 May 2024.

Opinion polls indicate that the ANC’s share of the vote may fall below 50% for the first time. This is particularly notable because 7 of the main opposition parties have established a coalition to unseat the ANC. While they disagree strongly on policy and are in no way united, the main opposition parties, centrist Democratic Alliance (DA) to the far-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the new uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) Party of former President Jacob Zuma, repeat one theme: that the ANC has failed to live up to its 1994 promise, when it swept to victory under the slogan “A Better Life For All.”  The ANC government has also been criticized for the corruption scandals that have plagued it and for not tackling the country’s violent crime challenges. The upcoming elections will take place at a time when the country is facing multiple challenges, including unemployment, electricity deficits, high inflation, poor service delivery, and a high cost of living.

Voters across the country have expressed despondency and determination, in equal measure. Overwhelmed by years of broken promises, some residents have decided to vote beyond past party loyalties. If the ANC fails to gain at least 50 percent, it may be forced into a coalition with smaller opposition parties for the first time in history.

Hope Khoza