In Summary
  • The ANC won with the lowest ever vote share (57.5 per cent) since Nelson Mandela led it to its first victory in 1994.
  • But there is also voter apathy, largely due to a people becoming increasingly disillusioned by the successive ANC governments.

South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) has, as was largely expected, won a sixth term with its May 8 election victory.

That consolidates the ANC’s position among the handful of elite political formations in Africa to maintain an uninterrupted stranglehold on power long after delivering independence.

Other parties in the special category include Tanzania’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) in Angola, Namibia’s South-West Africa People’s Organisation (Swapo) and Frelimo (Mozambique).

There is also the Zimbabwe African National Union — Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF), the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM), formerly Cameroon National Union, and Gabonese Democratic Party.

Worth noting, however, is that the ANC won with the lowest ever vote share (57.5 per cent) since Nelson Mandela led it to its first victory in 1994.

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