Where now for South Africa?

South Africa has just had its sixth democratic general election and once more the African National Congress (ANC) won – but with a reduced share of the vote and a lower number of seats in the National Assembly.

Cyril Ramaphosa became president a year ago and faces formidable problems in reforming the ANC and reviving the country’s economy.

South Africa’s economy grew just 0.8% in 2018 and official unemployment hovers around 27% – and is over 50% among young people. Many voters were angry at failing services, high crime levels and a failure to act against corrupt officials.

You can read my updated guide to the South African political system here.


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