Resounding Victory for A.N.C. in South Africa
26 Apr 09 | NYT
Final results released Saturday showed that the governing African National Congress won the April 22 election with 66 percent of the vote, less than its victory margin in 2004 but an impressive tally nonetheless after a dissident group had broken away to form its own party.
The A.N.C., led by its presidential candidate, Jacob Zuma, won in eight of South Africa’s nine provinces, the only exception being Western Cape, where it lost to the Democratic Alliance, a political sanctuary for the nation’s white and mixed-race minorities. That party, led by Cape Town’s mayor, Helen Zille, received 51 percent of the provincial vote.
Whites and blacks populate Western Cape Province in near equal numbers, but the largest block of votes is people of mixed race and this time many of them deserted the A.N.C. >>>