What have you always wondered about the economy? Tell Us

South Africans head to the polls amid frustrations with crime, corruption and immigration

Andy Uhler May 8, 2019
HTML EMBED:
COPY
People queue to vote for South Africa's national and provincial elections at a polling station in the Tlhabologang township in Coligny on May 8, 2019. - South Africans voted on May 8 in the country's sixth democratic general election since the end of apartheid in 1994. LUCA SOLA/AFP/Getty Images

South Africans head to the polls amid frustrations with crime, corruption and immigration

Andy Uhler May 8, 2019
People queue to vote for South Africa's national and provincial elections at a polling station in the Tlhabologang township in Coligny on May 8, 2019. - South Africans voted on May 8 in the country's sixth democratic general election since the end of apartheid in 1994. LUCA SOLA/AFP/Getty Images
HTML EMBED:
COPY

The African National Congress has been the ruling party of post-apartheid South Africa since the election of Nelson Mandela in 1994.

“And in a lot of areas there’s been good progress,” said Zintle Koza, a visiting fellow from South Africa at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. “But there’s also a recognition that things could have been better.”

Polls indicate the ANC is likely to retain control, but with a reduced share of the vote. John Campbell, a fellow in African studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and former ambassador to Nigeria, said public disillusionment with crime, immigration and corruption is diluting support for sitting president Cyril Ramaphosa.

“He has to balance his free market proclivities with the fact that there are a large number of South Africans who feel left behind,” Campbell said.

More than a quarter of the population is out of work, one of the highest unemployment rates in the world.

Opposition parties claim millions of dollars that could have been spent on providing better housing, health care, essential services and education have been looted by corrupt officials.

Marketplace is on a mission.

We believe Main Street matters as much as Wall Street, economic news is made relevant and real through human stories, and a touch of humor helps enliven topics you might typically find…well, dull.

Through the signature style that only Marketplace can deliver, we’re on a mission to raise the economic intelligence of the country—but we don’t do it alone. We count on listeners and readers like you to keep this public service free and accessible to all. Will you become a partner in our mission today?

Your donation is critical to the future of public service journalism. Support our work today – for as little as $5 – and help us keep making people smarter.