South Africa Holds First 'Born Free' Election

wochit politics
May 06, 2014 AT 2:00 PM
South Africa holds its first "Born Free" election on Wednesday although polls suggest the allure of the ruling African National Congress as the conqueror of apartheid will prevail even among voters with no memory of white-minority rule. Opinion polls in South Africa's Sunday Times over the last two months have put ANC support at around 65 percent, only a shade lower than the 65.9 percent it won in the 2009 election that brought President Jacob Zuma to power. The resilience of ANC support has surprised analysts who a year ago were saying it could struggle at the polls as its glorious past recedes into history and voters focus instead on the sluggish economic growth and slew of scandals that have typified Zuma's first term.