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The End of the ANC Era: An Analysis of Corruption and Inequality in South Africa
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Nagoya Univ Commerce & Business, Fac Econ, Nisshin, Japan..
2017 (English)In: Journal of Politics and Law, ISSN 1913-9047, E-ISSN 1913-9055, Vol. 10, no 4, p. 55-59Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The 2016 municipality election of South Africa was received as a shocking event. Despite a strong belief that the ANC would always rule in South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC), which has been governing the country since the end of apartheid in 1994, received the worst results ever recorded. The ANC with president Jacob Zuma received 54 percent of the votes, which is a considerable decrease from 62 percent in 2011. This election was a clear sign that the ANC is in trouble towards the 2019 elections. The party seriously needs to rethink its strategies and investigates why the votes are decreasing. Given South Africa being a key player in global governance and in particular a strong leader among the African countries, it is significant to understand this political turmoil, as it may influence the political directions of other countries in that area. With reviews of relevant literature, therefore, this paper analyzes the current political situation in South Africa, focusing on corruption and inequality. The paper suggests connections between corruption, Jacob Zuma, and the potential end of the ANC era. The issues of inequality describes more the difficult situation that South Africans are facing and can be connected to the desire for change. It would be interesting to further analyze whether South Africa would be ready for a multiparty democracy with a peaceful transition of power after the national elections in 2019.

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CANADIAN CENTER SCIENCE & EDUCATION , 2017. Vol. 10, no 4, p. 55-59
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South Africa, municipality election, African National Congress
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-336489DOI: 10.5539/jpl.v10n4p55ISI: 000411519700006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-336489DiVA, id: diva2:1166231
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