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South Africa 'born free' poll underway

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 00:59

May 7 - South Africa's first election with eligible voters born after the end of minority white rule takes place with the ANC expected to retain power. Paul Chapman reports.

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South African President Jacob Zuma casts his vote in what's hailed as South Africa's first 'born free' election. It's the country's first poll where the youngest eligible voters are too young to have lived under white minority rule. Zuma's ruling ANC party is widely expected to keep its grip on power. That's despite the sluggish economy and scandals that have seen Zuma accused of corruption. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA, SAYING: "I feel very good, I have been very enthusiastic for this date to come, as you know that all political parties have been canvassing voters for a number of weeks. It feels good that I have just voted and I hope that all voters will cast their votes free without any problem because this is our right that we fought for." The ANC's nearest rival, the Democratic Alliance, polled almost 17 per cent of the vote in 2009. It's been gaining ground but is still seen too much as the political home of privileged whites to have mass appeal.

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South Africa 'born free' poll underway

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 00:59