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South Africa’s 2014 Elections

After Apartheid and Mandela

The Africa National Congress was comfortably re-elected in May, but coming as these elections did, 20 years after the end of apartheid, and the first since the passing away of Nelson Mandela, calls for a review of South Africa's more recent past.

1 Introduction

Significant elections are taking place across the world in 2014, from the European Parliament and US Congress in the developed world to populous emerging market democracies such as Indonesia, Turkey, Brazil, India and South Africa. In these latter three so-called BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations aspiring to be serious global players, elections are taking place amidst domestic challenges. Of slowing economies, widespread corruption and frequent scandals, growing wealth and income disparities, South Africa now has arguably the highest level of per capita service-delivery protests in the world.

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