I offer up this space for discussion of South Africa’s general elections on 22 April.
The main question of interest is how strong a performance we will see from the Congress of the People (COPE), which split from the currently hegemonic African National Congress (ANC). Could the ANC fall below a majority? If it did, that would be some fall, given that it won almost 70% of votes and seats in 2004.
Nelson Mandela made a “surprise” appearance at the ANC’s final election rally. That presumably can’t hurt.