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Vol 65 No 11

Published 23rd May 2024

South Africa

A reckoning for the Ramaphosa party

The biggest threat to the ANC's electoral base comes from its two breakaway populist parties

For realists in the African National Congress the central question in the 29 May elections is how the party manages the end of its 30-year domination of national politics. Hubris and denial seem to be the main response in the heat of electioneering. President Cyril Ramaphosa has been reprimanding ANC officials for the party's lacklustre campaign. He's convinced it can keep its vote share above 50% – despite polls pointing to the contrary.

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