South Africa’s Election: Five Things We’ve Learnt

South Africa's Election: Five Things We've Learnt
South Africa's Election: Five Things We've Learnt
  1. The Anc Lost Ground – but Is Celebrating :
    Many people are asking why the governing African National Congress (ANC) is happy after recording its worst performance since white minority rule ended in 1994 – 57% share of the vote.
  2. The Official Opposition Has an ‘identity Crisis’
    This has been a difficult result for the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) – a “bruising outcome”, some have said.
  3. Radical EFF Gains Support
    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), which wants to seize white-owned land without compensation and nationalise the huge mining industry, was one of the fastest-growing parties at this election, increasing its share of the vote from 6% to 10%.
  4. Rise of The Afrikaner Nationalists
    One of the biggest surprises has been the growth of the Freedom Front Plus (VF+). The mainly Afrikaner party, which says it’s fighting for the right of minority groups, has doubled its support, to about 2%, making it the fifth largest party nationwide, behind the mainly Zulu Inkatha Freedom Party.
  5. Plummeting Voter Turnout
    Hard lessons need to be learned by South Africa’s political parties, with voter participation at its lowest since the dawn of democracy in 1994.


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