South Africa’s May election

What do the election results mean for Jewish South Africans?

May 28, 2019 17:02
4 minute read.
South Africa’s May election

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa waves to supporters of his ruling ANC at an election victory rally in Johannesburg on May 12. (photo credit: MIKE HUTCHINGS / REUTERS)


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“South Africa is so far away” is the plaintive cry we who live in this country often hear from people in Europe, America, Australia, Asia – and the Middle East. It is out of the mainstream of international affairs. In return, South Africans respond in astonishment, “Far away from where?”

Parliamentary elections were held on May 8, and to most locals the result was a foregone conclusion: the black-led and dominant ANC (African National Congress) – the sitting government – was certain to win.


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