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Vol 52 No 11

Published 27th May 2011


South Africa

Election results keep Zuma in contention

Enough black voters have stayed loyal to the ANC in local elections to boost Jacob Zuma’s hopes of a second presidential term

In spite of many failures in governance and widespread anger among its supporters, the ruling African National Congress decisively won the municipal elections on 18 May. Popular discontent about the corruption, incompetence and indifference of the ANC’s leaders was not enough to tip core voters into rival political camps. President Jacob Zuma emerged with stronger prospects of winning re-election as party leader next year.

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