Vote counting is underway after South Africa’s closely contested elections. Long queues were seen outside polling stations, reminiscent of the historic 1994 vote that saw Nelson Mandela elected.

The ruling ANC faces declining support due to issues like corruption and unemployment, with many young voters demanding change.

A record number of parties ran, indicating widespread disillusionment with the ANC. While the main opposition hopes for a coalition, the ANC is still expected to lead.

Former President Zuma’s new party is also in the mix, particularly in his home province. Security measures were in place to ensure peaceful voting.

With millions registered to vote, the youth vote could be decisive, as they seek a brighter future.

(Source: BBC)

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