South Africans go to the polls today for the closest fought election since the onset of democracy 22 years ago.
The ruling African National Congress, is in danger of losing control of local authorities in the administrative capital Pretoria, the commercial capital Johannesburg and the former ANC stronghold of Port Elizabeth.
The South African Police Service and the Independent Electoral Commission are assuring South Africans they’ll be able to vote efficiently, secretly and peacefully.
This has been a deadly campaign in the ANC stronghold of KwaZulu Natal where at least 13 people, including election candidates, have been killed.
The election has seen the three main parties – the ANC, the Democratic Alliance which is the official opposition and the ultra-left Economic Freedom Fighters battle for the soul of previous leaders.
To the chagrin of the ANC, the DA claims that anti-apartheid icon and first democratic president Nelson Mandela would have voted for the them were he still alive.
EFF leader Julius Malema called on former president Thabo Mbeki to beg for the vote from the man whom he was party to humiliating with an early recall from the top job in 2008.
The issues in this election are the ANC’s failure to meet commitments to provide essential services and burgeoning corruption, nepotism and cronyism within President Jacob Zuma’s government.