Skeletons in the closet, loyalty to the party and South Africa’s political landscape

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With South Africa’s 2019 national elections looming overhead, its political landscape has not caught a break as each month, and even week, that passes another ‘skeleton in the closet’ comes out to shock the public.

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South Africa: ANC's coalition overtures rejected, loses metros

Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema. Photo© Herman Verwey/AP/SIPASouth Africa's ruling African National Congress' efforts to hang on to three major metros after a disappointing performance in recent local government elections suffered a major blow on Wednesday after a break-away party rebuffed coalition overtures.

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ANC breakaway party emerges kingmaker after close polls

Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters Julius Malema, centre, smiles during a news conference at the election results center in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. Photo©Herman Verwey/AP/SIPAA breakaway party of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has emerged a kingmaker following last week's hotly contested local government elections.

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South Africa's ruling party loses control of major metropolitan area

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa centre back, greets opposition Economic Freedom Front party members at the results center in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. With 95 percent of votes counted the ruling ANC appears to have suffered its biggest electoral blow since it won power at the end of the apartheid era 22-years ago. Photo©Herman Verwey/AP/SIPASouth Africa's African National Congress (ANC) has conceded defeat in the major metropolitan area of Nelson Mandela Bay to the main opposition party amid indications the ruling party was rejected by urban voters in this week's local government elections.

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South Africa's ANC suffers major setbacks in local elections

Photo©Schalk van Zuydam/AP/SIPASouth Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) suffered some setbacks in Wednesday's local government elections, with early trends showing its supporters may have stayed away, with Nkandla, President Jacob Zuma's local ward, shockingly falling to Inkatha Freedom Party.

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Polling the people of South Africa

Ahead of the August local elections, The Africa Report organised a survey to take the temperature of South Africans' attitudes to a range of political and economic issues.

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South Africa's local litmus test

Parties are competing for control of 278 municipalities in this year's local government elections. But above all, it is a litmus test for african National Congress (ANC) rule since it came to power 22 years ago.

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South Africa's city hall cliffhanger

Photo©MICHAEL SHEEHAN/AFPAs municipal elections hit the country on 3 August, Nelson Mandela Bay is a litmus test for the ANC. If Mayor Jordaan has shored up some of the party's popularity locally, deep faultlines of poverty and discontent make this a knife-edge contest with national repercussions.

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Zuma sweats as South Africa votes

Photo©Denis Farrell/AP/SIPATens of millions of South Africans braved the winter chill to post their ballots in the country's local elections, widely seen as a litmus test for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and its corruption-tarnished leader Jacob Zuma.

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South Africa: Police, army to patrol 650 election hotspots

Photo©Peter Dejong/AP/SIPASouth Africa's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it has identified almost 650 election hotspots, which would be patrolled by the police and the army ahead of Wednesday's local government elections, which observers see as a litmus test for the ruling African National Congress.

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Special voting begins in South Africa's local elections

Photo©Ben Curtis/AP/SIPAAll eyes will be on South Africa this week, as millions head to the polls in what many describe as the most crucial local government election since the end of apartheid.

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South African police to tighten security as election violence fears rise

Photo©Peter Dejong/AP/SIPAWith less than a week to South Africa's fifth local government election, police say they will deploy close to 60,000 officers, and a further 40,000 moving members, to monitor the country's more than 22,000 voting stations, as fears of politically motivated violence rise.

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South Africa: Austerity no longer the answer - Pravin Gordhan

Pravin Gordhan. Photo©Mike Hutchings/ReutersSouth Africa cannot rely on austerity measures to reduce public debt and boost economic growth, as previously thought, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Tuesday.

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South Africa's Job bloodbath will continue- Cosatu

File photo©Denis Farrell/AP/SIPAMore people lost their jobs in South Africa the first quarter of the year, latest figures have revealed and this is likely to put pressure on the ruling ANC ahead of August's local elections.

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South Africa local elections: ANC won't budge amid riots over mayoral candidate

Photo©Shiraaz Mohamed/AP/SIPAIn spite of riots that have led to five deaths and wide scale looting, South Africa's ruling ANC says it is sticking with Thoko Didiza as its mayoral candidate for Tshwane.

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Finance: Calling South Africa's big-game hunters

Photo©All Rights ReservedAs financial institutions Old Mutual and Barclays Africa are split and sold off, the titans of South African business are slowly disappearing.

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South Africa's ruling party supporters riot over poll candidate

File photo©OBED ZILWA/AP/SIPASupporters of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) have brought the country's capital city to a standstill after days of protests over the selection of a mayoral candidate ahead of August's local government elections.

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No junk status for South Africa, but Fitch says low GDP worrisome

Photo©Denis Farrell/AP/SIPARatings agency, Fitch has become the third agency to affirm South Africa's BBB minus investment grade rating, with a stable outlook, but have said low gross domestic product (GDP) growth remains a big worry.

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26 million South Africans to vote for 124 parties in August local elections

File Photo©Schalk van Zuydam/AP/SIPADemocracy has not lost its flavour in South Africa, as the nation enters the home straight before local elections on 3 August.

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South Africa: Tough search for public prosecutor, Thuli Madonsela's successor begins

Thuli Madonsela. Photo/AP/SIPALove or hate her, South Africa's corruption watchdog, Thuli Madonsela has made her mark on the country's politics.

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