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South Africa To Hold Presidential Elections On May 29



South Africa is set to hold its national and provincial elections on May 29, as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is expected to face a formidable challenge in maintaining its parliamentary majority in what will be the country’s seventh democratic election since the abolition of the apartheid regime in 1994.

In a statement posted on X on Tuesday, the presidency said, “The 2024 elections coincide with South Africa’s celebration of 30 years of freedom and democracy.”

This milestone holds significant historical significance as the country reflects on the progress made since the end of the racially segregating apartheid era that brutally oppressed Black and other non-white South Africans since 1948.


President Ramaphosa emphasized the symbolic importance of the upcoming elections, stating, “Beyond the fulfilment of our constitutional obligation, these upcoming elections are also a celebration of our democratic journey and a determination of the future that we all desire.”

His sentiments echo those expressed in his recent State of the Nation Address, where he underscored the strides made by the nation over the past three decades and the role played by his governing party.

At 71 years old, Ramaphosa seeks a second term as president amid a pivotal moment in South African politics. Opinion polls indicate growing support for opposition parties, posing a historic challenge to the ANC’s longstanding dominance in the country’s political landscape.

Since 1994, the ANC has maintained its leadership position in South Africa. However, analysts predict a shift in the political landscape, suggesting that the party may fail to secure the parliamentary majority it has historically commanded.

Ozioma Samuel-Ugwuezi


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