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South Africa: Zuma launches ANC party manifesto

South Africa: Zuma launches ANC party manifesto

South Africa

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma launched his party manifesto on Saturday.

This followed an emergency congress to help mobilize supporters of the ruling party ANC, just months before the municipal elections on August 3.

The ANC will however be counting on loyal supporters who don’t see an obvious alternative to a party they still associate with its leading role in ending apartheid.

The event was held in the Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth, a stronghold of the anti-apartheid struggle.

Zuma survived an impeachment vote recently, thanks to the ANC’s big majority in the 400-seat national assembly and hopes to now put the scandal behind him.

In the 2011 local poll in Mandela Bay, the ANC won 52 percent of the vote, against 40 percent for the main opposition Democratic Alliance.