S.Africa's ANC Faces Deep Crisis After Vote Defeat

S.Africa's ANC faces deep crisis after vote defeat

JOHANNESBURG,(APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -8th Sept,2016) - Record electoral losses and deep internal divisions are threatening both the long hold on power enjoyed by South Africa's ruling ANC party and the political future of President Jacob Zuma.

Since 1994, the African National Congress -- once led by Nelson Mandela -- has comfortably swept to victory in elections, and remains the largest party in the country. But in last month's municipal elections, the loss of control of the capital city Pretoria, economic hub Johannesburg and port city Port Elizabeth point to the party's new fragility.

"The ANC is being consumed by three demons -- corruption, factionalism and a leadership without credibility," Prince Mashele, analyst and co-author of "The Fall of the ANC: What Next?", told AFP.

The party has always bred factions and divisions, but its dismal showing during the August 3 local elections has brought tensions to the surface. On Monday, activists from rival party factions scuffled in downtown Johannesburg as anti-Zuma members threatened to occupy the party's headquarters.

"This is certainly the first time it has come to the fore in such a widely expressed way," said Mari Harris, an analyst and director of Ipsos pollsters in South Africa.