Mogomotsi Magome, Associated Press Updated 5:56 am PDT, Saturday, May 25, 2019 African National Congress party (ANC) supporters gather for the swearing-in ceremony for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, May 25, 2019. Ramaphosa has vowed to crack down on the corruption that contributed to the ruling ANC' s weakest election showing in a quarter-century. less African National Congress party (ANC) supporters gather for the swearing-in ceremony for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, May 25, 2019. ... more Photo: Jerome Delay, AP Photo: Jerome Delay, AP Image 1 of / 49 Caption Close Image 1 of 49 African National Congress party (ANC) supporters … [Read more...] about ‘Huge’ challenges as Ramaphosa takes oath in South Africa
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By Naledi Mashishi and Onke Ngcuka JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Young South Africans make up the majority of eligible voters who have not registered to take part in next week's elections, raising concerns over voter apathy barely a generation after many of their parents won the right to vote for the first time. The Electoral Commission of South Africa says nearly 27 million people registered to vote on May 8 for a new parliament and provincial legislatures, representing about 75 percent of the eligible population. The commission, however, said it was concerned that about 9.8 million eligible voters who did not register. Of those, about 6 million - more than 60 percent - are under 30 years old. Reuters spoke to some young South Africans to find out why they might sit out the elections, 25 years after members of the country's black majority cast ballots for the first time, bringing an end to white minority rule. Many said they did not know who to vote for, as they don't trust any of the … [Read more...] about Will young voters have their say in South Africa’s election?
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africans voting for a new national parliament on May 8 will have 48 parties to choose from -- more than at any election since the end of white minority rule in 1994. Many more political parties are contesting elections for nine provincial legislatures to be held on the same day. The African National Congress (ANC) has won every parliamentary election since 1994, and opinion polls predict it will again win a majority of the 400 seats in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, next month. But President Cyril Ramaphosa is under pressure to reverse a slide in support for the ANC, which has seen its share of the parliamentary vote drop from a high of more than 69 percent in 2004 to 62 percent in 2014. The ANC's biggest rivals this time are main opposition party the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a radical leftist group. Parliamentary and provincial elections happen every five years, with seats allocated … [Read more...] about Factbox: The main political parties in South Africa’s election
By Alexander Winning JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has included two prominent politicians linked to corruption under former President Jacob Zuma in its list of candidates for parliament ahead of an election in May. The inclusion of figures like former finance minister Malusi Gigaba and ex-mines minister Mosebenzi Zwane calls into question the ANC's pledge to distance itself from people who have tarnished the reputation of the party, analysts said. "The ANC list is very revealing," said political analyst Ralph Mathekga. "It says that despite what went on under Zuma, ANC branch members do not see any crisis. They are rejecting (President Cyril) Ramaphosa's anti-corruption message by choosing Zuma allies." Ramaphosa, whose pledge to tackle corruption is a centrepiece of the ANC's election campaign, is first on a list of the party's parliamentary candidates submitted to the country's election commission. Deputy President David Mabuza and … [Read more...] about Zuma-era officials feature on South Africa’s ANC election list
Christopher Torchia, Associated Press Updated 5:43 am CST, Monday, December 24, 2018 FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, former South African President Jacob Zuma addresses supporters outside the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa after his appearance on fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering charges. Tarnished by scandal, Zuma resigned in February after his own ruling party turned against him. But Zuma has ramped up his profile, popping up on Twitter in a robust pushback against his many critics. Some backers reportedly nominated him for a seat in parliament after elections in 2019. less FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, former South African President Jacob Zuma addresses supporters outside the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa after his appearance on fraud, ... more Photo: AP … [Read more...] about In South Africa, ousted president speaks his mind on Twitter