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 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 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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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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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 opposition leader fears ANC poll rigging

United Democratic Movement (UDM) president Bantu Holomisa. Photo©Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP/SIPAA South African opposition leader says he has lost faith in the country's independent electoral body as the country gears for high stakes local government elections later this year.

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South Africa legislature passes law paving way for land seizures

President Jacob Zuma is expected to sign the Bill into law soonSouth Africa's lower house has passed a law that will allow government to seize land for redistribution to landless people to address skewed historical ownership patterns but the move is stoking fresh political disputes in the country.

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South Africa's opposition reject an 'utterly discredited and illegitimate president'

President Jacob Zuma and Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete. Photo©Mike HutchingsSouth Africans are increasingly getting agitated by what they believe is the weakening of democratic institutions following this week's boycott of President Jacob Zuma's parliamentary response to the presidency budget vote.

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South Africa gears up for local elections

Local Government minister, Des van Rooyen says close to 77 per cent of South Africans or 6.6 million voters have registered for the local elections. Photo©ReutersSouth Africa is gearing up for local elections in August, with Local Government minister, Des van Rooyen allaying fears the country may have to postpone the polls due to the state of the voters' register.

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South Africa: Zuma announces election date

President Jacob ZumaSouth Africa's President Jacob Zuma has set August 3 as the date for local government elections, which could prove as a test case of the ruling ANC party's popularity following a string of blunders be the party's leader.

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Fresh push for South African President Zuma to resign

South African President Jacob Zuma. Photo©ReutersSouth African President Jacob Zuma has come under renewed pressure from civil society and some veterans of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to resign, days after the opposition failed in its bid to impeach him.

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South Africa: Ruling party's women's wing backs Zuma

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma. Photo©ReutersUnder fire South African President Jacob Zuma has received strong backing from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) women's league amid calls for him to step down.

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