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Elections 2016

[Source: Daily Maverick by Ranjeni Munusamy.]

As more details emerged at the weekend about the covert operation to pump up the ANC’s election campaign and spread fake news about opposition parties, the party continued to deny knowledge and involvement. It has “nothing to do with the ANC” was spokesperson Zizi Kodwa’s response to a report of a secret recording implicating ANC general manager Ignatius Jacobs in the war room operation to influence public opinion during the election period. This is not only about the criminal acts and big personalities being shamed. It is also about the erosion of trust and further diminishing of the ANC’s credibility.  Read more

[Source: Deutschlandfunk von Leonie March.]

Bei den Kommunalwahlen in Südafrika Anfang August hat die Regierungspartei Afrikanischer Nationalkongress (ANC) das schlechteste Wahlergebnis seit 20 Jahren eingefahren. Es war ein Denkzettel für die Regierung von Präsident Jacob Zuma und dessen korruptes Machtsystem. Die Dominanz der ehemaligen Befreiungsbewegung aber ist im Land gebrochen. Read more

[Source: Daily Maverick by Stephen Grootes.]

For some months before the local elections in August, there were fears that the Electoral Commission was becoming vulnerable, and that the institution could actually lose the ability to run elections in a way that was perceived to be free and fair. In the end, the polls they ran passed that test with flying colours. Now the ANC appears to be showing that it is unhappy with the IEC’s performance. And that Gwede Mantashe, a man who really should know better, is trying to almost intimidate the institution. It’s another sign the ANC is losing the plot. And another strong indication that our politics is changing fundamentally, and more quickly than most people could have imagined.

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South Africa at a Glance
55 910 000 (mid 2016 estimate)
5.3% y/y in April 2017 (CPI) & +4.6% y/y in April 2017 (PPI)
-0.7% q/q for the 1st quarter of 2017
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