Protests flare up as South Africa votes

Protests flare up as South Africa votes

In a very brief interview with the media outside the station, De Klerk acknowledged that many South Africans had been disappointed over the years, but they could be positive about the trajectory of the country.

The vote is the sixth since the end of apartheid in 1994 and the adoption of democracy.

Voting for the 400-member National Assembly and nine provincial legislatures started at 7:00 and will run until 21:00.

The UDM's biggest support base is in the Eastern Cape province.

TimesLive is offering visitors an interactive 2019 Election Results Map with a wealth of information about South Africa's election results.

And now lawmakers have agreed to set up a committee that will write and introduce a new bill for land expropriations.

Opinion polls show that the ruling ANC will win with approximately 60 percent of the vote. There is now a commission looking into high-level corruption under the Zuma administration. The president is the leader of the party that gets the most votes. "The issue at the center of South African politics is the fight against corruption".

A record 48 parties are contesting in the national parliamentary election.

Ramaphosa's support base crosses South Africa's racial and class divides, but he still faces strong opposition from factions within the ANC.

In South Africa, voters are to make an "x" sign in a box close to their preferred party.

The ANC, which has governed South Africa since the end of white minority rule in 1994, won 62% of the vote in 2014's parliamentary election, down from 2009 and far short of its best result, 69% in 2004 under President Thabo Mbeki.

Incumbent President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the ANC in today's elections against his main challenger Mr Mmusi Maimane of the Democratic Alliance and Julius Malema-led EFF as he seeks to retain the party's majority status.

An Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) offical assits a blind voter to cast her ballot at a polling station, during the South Africa's parliamentary and provincial elections, in Nkandla, South Africa, May 8, 2019.

A voter casts his ballot at a polling station in Soweto.

"One open observation that I have made is that in a number of African countries before elections there is tension, a lot of tension, this is my third election to observe after the election in Zambia and most recently in Nigeria, but here there is no tension, but there is competition".

Our reporter on the ground, Daniel Mumbere, gave a rundown of the process of special voting on The Morning Call.

"The belief is that a poor showing for the ANC would embolden Ramaphosa's opponents and risk a potential leadership challenge", Razia Khan, chief Africa economist at Standard Chartered, said in a research report.

Against a backdrop of economic crises, spiralling crime, poor service delivery, widespread unemployment and rampant corruption, the ruling ANC hopes to bounce back from an unprecedentedly poor performance in 2016 local elections, when it ceded control of key cities to the DA.

But the vote will be a test of whether its new leader, President Cyril Ramaphosa, can reverse growing dissatisfaction among South African voters.

Younger people, in particular, have abandoned the election system, with only 19 per cent of the youngest eligible voters (18 and 19 years old) registering to vote this time, a much smaller percentage than in previous elections.

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