According final results announced Saturday, the ruling African National Congress won South Africa's national elections, though it failed to gain a two-thirds majority and its leader has faced growing criticism. Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner examines South Africa's progress since apartheid, however imperfect the country and its leaders may still be.
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South Africa held national parliamentary elections on Wednesday. The ruling African National Congress is widely expected to emerge victorious, but analysts say the ANC will struggle to win the two-thirds majority that it has won in the past, with new challengers set to make a strong showing.
South Africans are scheduled to head to the polls on Wednesday to vote in the country’s fourth national elections since the end of apartheid. PBS WIDE ANGLE speaks with Azad Essa, a political blogger for the South African newspaper The Mail and Guardian, about the significance of the upcoming elections.
In South Africa, the system of apartheid ended 15 years ago, and since then, many of the racial barriers have broken down. But though they may be equal on paper, many black South Africans still feel unequal due to continuing poverty.