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Choice in South Africa: The ANC vote losses

President Ramaphosa is preaching patience, however, many South Africans are disillusioned: 25 years after the end of the Apartheid regime a lesson threatens the ANC in the parliamentary election.

The election broadcasts in the television sound like a Showdown in a movie. Because the lives of the South Africans is not exactly easy, and it is not surprising, if people sound disillusioned.

"not Our leader for the people there. You don't promise, keep it. I'm not going to choose, because no one does anything for us,"

Aik Munau said. He lives in a corrugated metal hut in the Eastern Cape province, far away from a city. He is unemployed, like almost everyone in his village.

Since there is little, if President Cyril Ramaphosa asks for patience: "We have to go in there. I know that people want everything immediately, you are impatient. But it is a long journey. To reach consensus and renewal, that will take a long time. Not in a day."

Ramaphosa promises of reforms and a determined fight against corruption.

"If we pull ourselves together, everything promises to be good,"

Ramaphosa, to fight against corruption and has cautiously begun, since he had taken over the business from his predecessor, Jacob Zuma. Elizabeth, who lives in Pretoria, speaks, therefore, of unconditional faith: "in the past, I could do nothing, and now I have at least that bit of what I have. Our government says that we should not wait until something Good happens. We ourselves have to do something. If we pull ourselves together, everything is good. I think until recently the ANC. Because one day everything will be good.

the ANC has to See

lost Nevertheless, the ANC has lost its Prestige, and possibly the party that has ruled since 1994, constantly will be punished. 62 percent of the vote, you had the last time, five years ago. In contrast, Mmusi Maimane, the head of the Democratic Alliance, the beat in the election campaign up until the last militant tones:

"enough is Enough. After 25 years of empty promises, I stand for the bill of exchange. To to lifetime the people to get water connections in each household, there should be an income. South Africans will no longer be able to say that they have been forgotten."

On the voice-catching up with the demand for expropriation

Maimane has his voters safe there, where people are disappointed and don't tie up your cross. Lehlogonolo Tabane, he has convinced. He lives in the North-West, close to the border to Botswana: "I think of the Democratic Alliance. If she is elected, then you can do a lot better. I'm going to vote for Mr Maimane. I have hope and rely on what he says."

last polls, only 50 percent of the ANC. And the biggest opposition parties are in direct competition. The radical left EFF scores for large Parts of the population with the demand for a compensation-free expropriation of Land and businesses.

supporters of the party EDF to wear a symbol to the grave President Ramaphosa.

The forecast of the political scientist Bill Johnson is: "It looks like, as would be the results of two points are noteworthy. The democratic Alliance, which won for 25 years, could fall back. And the EFF could get a significant increase in votes and in this election triumph."

The emerging country of South Africa, whose economy achieved on the continent only rank 2, is at a crossroads. Often enough, the speech, or - as in the television is a fate of choice, from the Moment of the truth.

South Africa: expropriation without compensation?, 13.01.2019 |video Atlas |South Africa |Pretoria


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