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Voters head to the polls for South African local elections

Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 01:09

Voters cast their ballots in local elections in South Africa, seen as a referendum on President Jacob Zuma's scandal-plagued leadership. Julie Noce reports.

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Voters huddled around a fire in a shanty town north of Johannesburg in South Africa as polls opened in local elections. The cold temperatures didn't keep constituents home... nor did the long lines. Voters say they want to make their voices heard. We're suffering here, one woman said. We don't have electricity and things are not ok. Maybe once we vote, things will change for the better. The election is widely seen as a referendum on President Jacob Zuma's scandal-plagued leadership and stagnant economy. Any defeat for Zuma's African National Congress could erode the party's support before the national election in 2019. Zuma says he's fit to lead, and the ANC party has backed its president. The main opposition Democratic Alliance party, which is mainly white, has named a black man as its leader. Seeking to widen its appeal in the "rainbow nation", it has been courting ANC supporters before the vote, promising to help create jobs and improve social services.

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Voters head to the polls for South African local elections

Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 01:09