General election scheduled for May 29 in South Africa | Latest Election Updates

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office has announced that South Africa will hold national and provincial elections on May 29. This will be the seventh democratic election since the end of the apartheid system in 1994, and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party is expected to face a tough challenge to retain its parliamentary majority.

The presidency stated that the upcoming elections coincide with South Africa’s celebration of 30 years of freedom and democracy. President Ramaphosa has emphasized the significance of these elections, referring to it as a celebration of the country’s democratic journey and an opportunity to determine the future.

In his recent State of the Nation Address, President Ramaphosa highlighted the progress the country has made in the past three decades and the role of the governing party in this development. He also confirmed that he is seeking a second term as president.

The main opposition parties in the upcoming election are the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Former President Jacob Zuma has backed the newly formed uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) or Spear of the Nation party, potentially attracting some traditional ANC voters.

The ANC is facing challenges such as power cuts, poor service delivery, and high levels of unemployment, which could impact its performance in the elections. The country’s unemployment rate reached 32.1 percent in December, according to national statistics.

South Africa has also been active on the foreign policy front, advocating for an end to Israel’s ongoing war on Gaza and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The country has filed a case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), accusing Israel of genocide.

On May 29, South Africans will elect a new National Assembly and the provincial legislature in each of the country’s nine provinces, before the National Assembly elects the president.

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