South Africa election: Here's what voters had to say (2024)

Millions of South African citizens have been casting their ballots to choose the country’s next government.

The BBC caught up with voters across the “Rainbow Nation”, who gave their views about what issues matter to them.

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South Africa election: Here's what voters had to say (2024)


Who is the leader of ANC in South Africa? ›

With the ANC still on course to be the largest party, its leader Cyril Ramaphosa is likely to remain as the country's president, although a poor showing could make him vulnerable to a leadership challenge from within party ranks.

What is ANC in South Africa? ›

THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS (ANC)—the continent's oldest liberation movement, the spearhead of resistance to apartheid and the governing party since 1994—is no longer a hegemonic force in South Africa's politics.

What is the ruling party in SA? ›

The ANC has won every national election since a landmark 1994 vote ended white minority rule and brought Mandela to power.

How is the president of South Africa chosen? ›

The president is elected in Parliament after the national vote's results are announced. South Africa's Parliament has two houses and it's the lower house, or National Assembly, that chooses the president. There, the 400 lawmakers vote for one of them to be the head of state and it needs a simple majority of 201.

Who is the next ANC president? ›

Elected President

At the conference, Cyril Ramaphosa, the incumbent President of South Africa, was re-elected ANC president, defeating a challenge from Zweli Mkhize. He thereby became the party's presumptive presidential candidate at the next national general election in 2024.

Who is the new president in South Africa? ›

President Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as President of the Republic of South Africa on Thursday 15 February 2018 following the resignation of President Jacob Zuma. President Ramaphosa also assumed the rotational Chairship of the African Union (AU) on 9 February 2020 for the year 2020.

Is ANC good or bad? ›

Does noise cancelling damage your hearing? Overall, noise cancellation in headphones doesn't affect your hearing negatively. You may hear a slight hissing sound when you the ANC is turned on, but that's about it.

What did the ANC do against apartheid? ›

Under the presidency of Albert John Luthuli, the ANC after 1952 began sponsoring nonviolent protests, strikes, boycotts, and marches against the apartheid policies that had been introduced by the National Party government that came to power in 1948.

What does the ANC in South Africa believe? ›

The ANC is committed to the ideal of non-racialism and to opposing "any form of racial, tribalistic or ethnic exclusivism or chauvinism".

Is South Africa a Republican? ›

Independence: The Union of South Africa was created on May 31, 1910; became sovereign state within British Empire in 1934; became a republic on May 31, 1961; left the Commonwealth in October 1968; rejoined the Commonwealth in June 1994.

What is the dominant political party in South Africa? ›

For three decades, power in South Africa has had a three-letter name: the ANC, or the African National Congress. The political party once led by Nelson Mandela has been a powerful symbol of liberation from white minority rule, attracting loyalty from millions of South Africans who remember life under apartheid.

Who is the leader in South Africa? ›

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa faces the prospect of his ruling party's worst election result ever. Yet he's still likely to be reelected as leader of Africa's most advanced country after Wednesday's national vote.

What powers does the South African president have? ›

The President appoints the Deputy President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, assigns their powers and functions, and may dismiss them. The President may select any number of ministers from the members of the National Assembly, and may select no more than two ministers from outside the assembly.

Who is the boss of ANC? ›

A former anti-apartheid activist, trade union leader, and businessman, Ramaphosa is also the president (leader) of the African National Congress (ANC).

Who is the Minister of ANC? ›

Fikile April Mbalula (born 8 April 1971) is a South African politician who has been the Secretary-General of the African National Congress (ANC) since December 2022. He was a cabinet minister between 2010 and 2023, most proximately as Minister of Transport from 2019 to 2023.

Who is the opposition to the ANC in South Africa? ›

The Democratic Alliance (DA; Afrikaans: Demokratiese Alliansie) is a South African political party and the official opposition to the ruling African National Congress (ANC). The party is broadly centrist, and has been attributed both centre-left and centre-right policies.

Which party is DA in South Africa? ›

MIDRAND, South Africa, May 30 (Reuters) - South Africa's Democratic Alliance (DA) will do its utmost to prevent a coalition between the African National Congress (ANC) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) or uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) parties, party figure Helen Zille told Reuters on Thursday.


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