South Africa will tomorrow, August 3 2016 conduct her Municipal election one of the toughest in the history of Post-Apartheid South Africa. South Africa has over 723 registered political parties and elections will be held in all the districts and municipals in all the nine provinces of South Africa. More pics after cut.Three major political parties, the ANC, DA and EFF are expected according to various Pre-Election polls to have a very tight contest and the three main municipalities where it be too close are, Johannesburg, the economic hub of South Africa, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay all strongholds of the ANC.
President Jacob Zuma addresses supporters during an ANC rally in Port Elizabeth on 23 July 2016 ahead of the municipal elections
One major characteristics of the 2016 municipal elections was an increasing rate of electoral violence, election related protest as seen in Tshwane over the candidate of the ANC, and political assassination of ANC ward candidates in Kwazulu-Natal where the ANC have overwhelming support. Notwithstanding, electoral debates were rich and based on economic and social services issues and several town halls debate were well attended.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane
One major fact about the 2016 Municipal elections in South Africa is that democracy is thriving and the rest of Africa has a lot to learn from South Africa.
EFF leader Julius Malema leaves the house of former South African president Thabo Mbeki on 1 August 2016