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Vol 54 No 20

Published 4th October 2013

South Africa

How the parties will go into 2014

If the Economic Freedom Fighters took just 5% of the national vote, that could be a significant and lasting breakthrough

None of the opposition parties can seriously challenge the African National Congress for power at the centre in the next elections but growing political volatility gives them opportunities to make serious advances. The ANC is challenged on the left by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and some small, radical, workerist parties. On the centre-right, it faces Mamphela Ramphele’s Agang (‘Build’), which targets members of the black middle class who are disappointed with the ANC’s record on services and corruption (AC Vol 54 No 16, Tilting at the ANC).

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