With around a third of the votes counted in South Africa`s landmark general election, the ruling ANC looked set to win a fifth consecutive term in office Thursday, but with a significantly reduced margin.
Voting ended peacefully in the fifth all-race polls in South Africa that are expected to return the ruling ANC to power, 20 years after anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was first elected as president in 1994.
Despite widespread discontent with the current government over corruption and unemployment, the ruling ANC is expected to win tomorrow`s fifth democratic election in South Africa since anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela first took power in 1994 after decades of white rule.
The South African parliamentary committee looking into the USD 23 million state-funded renovations of President Jacob Zuma`s private residence today delayed their inquiry until after May 7 elections, sparking a furious reaction from the opposition.
FW de Klerk, apartheid South Africa`s last president, hailed Friday the successes seen in two decades of democracy, but scolded the ruling ANC for gross mismanagement and "increasingly aggressive" racial discrimination.
South Africa will go to the polls on May 7, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday, in what is expected to be the most hotly contested elections since the ruling African National Congress (ANC) came to power in 1994.