South African’s are going to the polls on Wednesday to vote in parliamentary elections, which will also determine the president.
The ruling African National Congress led by President Jacob Zuma is looking likely to top the polls as they did last time around in 2009. However, high unemployment and a series of corruption scandals have seen them lose support.
The ANC’s main rival is Democratic Alliance led by former journalist and anti-apartheid activist Helen Zille. Despite efforts to appeal to all voters it has struggled to shed its image as a “white” party during the campaign.
They have challenged the loyalty many South Africans have for the ANC by calling it an “injustice” to put current president Jacob Zuma in the same category as former leader Nelson Mandela.
Another force expected to do well in the polls is the Economic Freedom Fighters or EFF, launched by politician Julius Malema.
He has been accused of stirring racial tensions but his party’s plans to nationalise land and industry has proven popular in a country with over 25% unemployment.