In South Africa, early results suggest the governing ANC has a commanding lead in the general election. It is reported Jacob Zuma’s party already has around 60 percent of the vote.
Zuma portrays himself as a champion of the poor – and for many voters his anti-apartheid credentials outstrip the failure to tackle widespread crime, poverty and HIV-AIDS. But its not all good news for the ANC – experts say the party may well fall short of the two thirds majority it needs in parliament to vote through changes to the constitution. The biggest challenge has come from the opposition – reportedly on 21 percent of the vote, with the Congress of the People party or COPE on ten percent. Turnout is said to be the same as 2004. Newspapers across the country splashed banner headlines, praising South Africans for voting in such large numbers. Its clear that Nelson Mandela – who personifies the struggle against apartheid – casts a long shadow. Exactly how his legacy is continued remains to be seen. The final result is due on Friday.