Helen Zille is running unopposed for a new term as head of South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance. Her tougher task is to win enough support from the country’s black majority to challenge the ruling African National Congress.
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress headed for a fifth consecutive election victory with three-quarters of voting districts counted, even as the main opposition parties chipped away at its dominance.
South African electoral officials started counting ballots as voting stations closed in the nation’s fifth post-apartheid election that is set to extend the 20-year rein of the ruling African National Congress.
The Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s main opposition party, is battling to quell infighting over its stance on race-based employment quotas that may stall its recent gains among the black electorate in next year’s vote.