Shifting Political Landscape

After months of anticipation, widespread speculation and tireless campaigning by political parties, the 2009 elections have come and gone. As expected, the African National Congress (ANC) has once again been delivered an emphatic mandate to govern, winning 65.9% of the national vote and a majority in eight of the nine provinces. However, despite the appearance that the political landscape has remained largely the same, the ANC’s support base has indeed shifted. For the first time since 1994, the ruling party’s support has declined nationally, and in most provinces. Now that the votes have been tallied, it is clear that there have been several key changes in South Africa’s political landscape.
This brief discusses questions such as – would the controversy around Jacob Zuma be an electoral liability for the ANC?  Would the voting public display an electoral appetite for the opposition?  And how would the emergence of the Congress of the People (COPE) influence support for the opposition?
See Idasa’s latest brief here.

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