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Mandela's Party Challenged in Municipal Election
South African voters head to the polls as a stalling economy overshadows progress made since the end of apartheid.
An election poster of the United Democratic Movement is attached to a pole next to washed clothes close to a voting station in Imizamo Yethu, an impoverished informal settlement in Hout Bay, during South African municipal elections, on August 3, 2016, in Cape Town. South Africans voted Wednesday in closely contested municipal elections that could deal a heavy blow to the African National Congress, which has ruled since leading the struggle to end apartheid. Nelson Mandela's former party risks losing control of key cities including the capital Pretoria, the economic hub Johannesburg and coastal Port Elizabeth, according to some polls.
An electoral poster for the opposition Inkatha Freedom Party in the KwaMashu district of Durban, hangs the day before municipal elections. The municipal elections widely seen as a referendum on President Jacob Zuma, with the stalling economy overshadowing progress made since the end of apartheid. Zuma's African National Congress, which controls the majority of the 278 municipalities, has been weakened by graft scandals and growing public discontent.
A handout photograph made available by the South African Government Communication and Information System shows President Jacob Zuma as he talks with an electoral official before casting his vote at Ntolwane Primary School, in Nkandla, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The ruling ANC is expected to lose ground against the opposition parties in a vote which many observers consider the most important since the country's first free and fair elections in 1994.