South Africa: Political parties

19-11-2015

Though weakened by allegations of corruption and inefficiency in service delivery after its two decades in power, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) continues to dominate the political scene, despite winning fewer votes in the most recent elections (2014). The highly fragmented opposition now faces an uphill struggle in challenging the ANC and offering a political alternative for the country, which is affected by deep socioeconomic divisions, 25% unemployment, a high crime rate and prevalent corruption.

Though weakened by allegations of corruption and inefficiency in service delivery after its two decades in power, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) continues to dominate the political scene, despite winning fewer votes in the most recent elections (2014). The highly fragmented opposition now faces an uphill struggle in challenging the ANC and offering a political alternative for the country, which is affected by deep socioeconomic divisions, 25% unemployment, a high crime rate and prevalent corruption.