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Vol 57 No 15

Published 22nd July 2016

South Africa

ANC unruffled by DA surge

Governing party stalwarts are sanguine about their prospects in the local elections but the opposition smells a breakthrough

On a cold July evening, downtown Johannesburg was abuzz with celebrities and African National Congress politicians sporting designer outfits in party colours and drinking Champagne. This was no ordinary party: it was the ANC's 'Countdown to Victory' rally in Newtown. Amid the glamour and the fizz, a puzzled President Jacob Zuma told the crowd in the main speech of the evening that he 'could not understand why black people voted for the opposition Democratic Alliance'.

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