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Vol 54 No 20

Published 4th October 2013

South Africa

Political mould starts to break

The poorest people and the middle class are voicing growing doubts about the ANC – even though its rivals don’t look much more convincing

The African National Congress approaches elections next April-May – and the 20th anniversary of majority rule – with party and country alike in poor shape. Social and economic changes seem to be driving an important political realignment which is undermining support for the governing ANC in the longer term. In the shorter term, the biggest risk is a substantial drop in the party’s share of the popular vote, even if there is no chance that it will lose power at the national level.

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