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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: The Conversation by Carin Runciman & Marcel Paret.]

In May this year South Africans went to the polls to vote in the sixth national and provincial elections of the democratic era. The election was a test of strength for the governing African National Congress (ANC), whose electoral support has declined over the last decade.

The election affirmed the pattern of ANC decline, with its worst electoral performance to date. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), founded in July 2013 by expelled former ANC Youth League President, Julius Malema, and which describes itself as a far-left political party, saw growth in its support. Meanwhile the official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA), a broadly liberal party, saw a decline in support.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4% y/y in July 2019 (CPI) & +4.9 y/y in July 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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