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South Africa Elections: Millions to Vote After 25 years of Apartheid

Twenty-five years after the apartheid in South Africa, millions of citizens headed towards the polls to cast their vote in the sixth democratic national election, on Wednesday. The citizens this year get to elect their government from 48 parties in both national and provincial elections.

The elections come 15 months after President Cyril Ramaphosa took power, after vowing to work for the ordinary citizen and the beleaguered nation. This year, he is promising the people of putting an end to corruption in the ruling party, African National Congress (ANC). The party, at present, is under the burden of years of deceitful scandals associated with Ramaphosa’s predecessor Jacob Zuma’s time in office.

As per the reports, Nelson Mandela’s party, ANC (African National Congress) is facing negligence from the voters belonging to the “born-free” generation­ people born after the apartheid. The major challenge is from an insurgent radical party from the left, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) being led by the former ANC member Julius Malema. Besides, Mmusi Maimane’s centrist party, Democratic Alliance (DA) is also giving a main challenge to ANC.

A political analyst from the Xubera Institute of Research and Development, Xolani Dube said, “I think the ANC is going to be the biggest loser in this election, because the ANC is not going to enjoy the majority as it has been enjoying before.”

Since the 2016 elections in South Africa, the ANC faced a steep decline in its support in the last local election, when it lost some key cities to the opposition. However, it is also being cited that although ANC has been experiencing a declining support, Ramaphosa’s personal popularity has consistently gone higher.

In this year’s general elections, the major campaign issue has been land reform. However, polls show that the citizens are majorly concerned about unemployment and the economy. Besides, soaring violent crime and the burden of corruption are other concerns of the voters.

Across the South Africa, more than 22,000 polling stations have been set up, where people can vote. As of now, the results cannot be assessed, but any one of the three parties are gaining popularity among the voters.

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