South African elections set for May


JOHANESBURG – South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, has said general elections will be held on 7 May.

Zuma is also urging South Africans to register to vote in their thousands this weekend, the last opportunity to do so ahead of the election.

Zuma noted in a statement on Friday that the election was taking place 20 years after the end of white minority rule, and that it provided an opportunity for South Africans to build on the democracy that anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela and others fought so hard to achieve.

The ruling African National Congress is the electoral frontrunner. But the popularity of the party and Zuma has fallen amid corruption scandals, civil unrest over what protesters call a lack of adequate government services and other social problems.

– The Guardian