South Africa's May 7, 2014 National and Provincial Elections

On May 7, 2014, South Africa will have its national and provincial elections which will determine a new President of the country. The ruling party, the African National Congress led by Jacob Zuma and in power since 1994, is expected to win these elections though with a lesser majority than in previous elections due to the increasing unhappiness on the ground.

The opposition, led by the Democratic Party (DA) which controls the second richest province and the seat of South Africa’s parliament, Western Cape, and the newly established political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) led by the former leader of the Youth League of the African National Congress, Julius Malema, is expected to make inroads into the political base  of the ruling party, the African National Congress. 

Concerns about the high levels of corruption, unemployment and inequalities between rich and poor which also take racial lines are some of the factors that will influence the outcome of these elections.

With us to discuss these issues are

Guests & Panel:

  • Yoliswa Cele, a young South African student and activist who is currently a Phi Theta Kappa Honors student majoring in political science and marketing. Yoliswa is also an executive member of the Imbizo Cost Committee - a forum of South Africans in New York and focuses on social development issues. 
  • Serusha Govender, An awarding winning South African journalist based in New York and AfrobeatRadio co-producer.

and

  • Tseliso Thipanyane, AfrobeatRadio's human rights producer - Host.