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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

SAM ANC poster 2014[Source: by Alan Cowell.]

PRETORIA, South Africa — Isaac Ramaifo works as a functionary in the Union Buildings, the seat of state power here, and is a member of the governing African National Congress. But as South Africa approaches watershed elections next month, he, like many, is torn between an instinctive loyalty to the party that has ruled for the 20 years since the end of apartheid and worries about its ability to deliver prosperity.

“I’m not satisfied” with the way things have turned out, he said. “But the A.N.C. is my party, my family. I cannot go against my father and mother.”

The remarks speak directly to a paradox of the vote on May 7, in which President Jacob G. Zuma is seeking a second term — his last permitted by the Constitution.

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in June 2019 (CPI) & +5.8 y/y in June 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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