South Africa’s fifth national democratic election has come and gone, and many familiar faces will disappear off the scene forever. New ones have appeared, others will return in new guises. Here are the big winners and losers of Election 2014.
The African National Congress
South Africa’s ruling party is a winner not because the election went well, but because it didn’t go as badly as it often appeared it would. It is hard to believe now that some ‘polls’ and predictions had the ANC declining to 53% of the national vote, from 2009’s 66%. A 13 percentage point tumble was always unlikely, but given its many problems heading into the elections it was not implausible that the ANC could be pushed below the 60% mark.
Why 60 in particular, and what