Editorial: quo vadis?: reflections on the 2019 South African general elections

SOURCE: Politikon
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2019
TITLE AUTHOR(S): J.Steyn Kotze, N.Bohler-Muller
KEYWORDS: CITY OF TSHWANE, ELECTIONS, JOHANNESBURG, NELSON MANDELA BAY, POLITICS
DEPARTMENT: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11090
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15049

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Abstract

The 2019 General Elections marked a watershed in South Africas political landscape. The ANC under the banner of a narrative of regeneration and getting back on the moral path dipped below the 60% mark for the first time in South Africas democratic history. Just a mere three years before the General Elections, the ANC suffered punishing losses in the 2016 Local Government Elections where the party lost power in three major South African municipalities, that of Tshwane, Johannesburg, and Nelson Mandela Bay. The party only managed to secure 55.68% of the vote in this election compared to 63.65% in the 2011 Local Government Elections (IEC 2016, 2011).