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01 May 2009


Viva Voting! Viva Zille! - preview
The first South African election of 1994 – after apartheid – is right up there with the fall of the Berlin Wall as one of the mythical events of democratic history: the long queues, the long waits, the good-humoured patience and stoicism, the transcendent joy of a country full of people able to cast their vote

  • Last week, in the fourth election after apartheid, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) missed by a whisker the critical two-thirds national majority required for changes to the constitution
  • But the Western Cape province, by another whisker (51
  • 46 per cent of the vote), was won by the Democratic Alliance (DA), led by Helen Zille, an erstwhile attender at Quaker Meetings and an unusual individual and an unusual politician in that she is utterly Valiant for Truth

  • Penelope Cummins

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