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ANC gets ‘overwhelming mandate’ from South African voters

South Africans have voted resoundingly to extend the ANC’s 20-year rule, ignoring leadership scandals and economic malaise in a wholesale display of loyalty to the party once led by Nelson Mandela. With about three-quarters of ballots counted, the ANC had garnered a thumping 63 percent of the popular vote, spelling…

Mandela to miss ANC 100th birthday party

Nelson Mandela will not attend this weekend’s celebrations for the centenary of the African National Congress, the party he led to power after the fall of apartheid, an ANC leader said Friday. “He is not coming and we are not expecting him to come,” ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told…