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South African vote count begins, amid calls for change

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South African vote count begins, amid calls for change

South African vote count begins, amid calls for change

On the streets of Johannesburg, voters told Reuters about their hopes for change from South Africa's sixth election since the end of apartheid.

Sisipho Skweyiya reports.

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South African vote count begins, amid calls for change

The votes are being counted in South Africa as the ruling African National Congress faces its toughest electoral test yet.

Twenty five years after the ANC took power at the end of white minority rule, analysts say the electorate is frustrated by corruption scandals, high levels of unemployment, and slow progress in addressing racial disparities in wealth.

That's seen its support slide, particularly in cities like Johannesburg and Polokwane where some voters said they were hoping for change.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICAN VOTER, TEBOHO WILLIAMS, SAYING: "I'm voting because I want changes and, like, I want to stop corruption as well." (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICAN VOTER, MPHO MALAMABI, SAYING: "We're experiencing poverty, we don't have jobs, those kind of things you know.

So I'm hoping that they'd give us that - give us jobs, stop corruption which is the main concern of South Africa." (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICAN VOTER, JABULANI MHLONGO, SAYING: "We need jobs, a lot of young people in South Africa are not working." (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNEMPLOYED SOUTH AFRICAN VOTER, SHORTY CHUENE, SAYING: "My vote is going to bring changes in this country.

We are tired of those crooks in the ANC (African National Congress), they don't even do us anything." (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICAN VOTER, ISAAC SEBATA, SAYING: "My vote has to make a change, that's what I'm expecting.

Like everyone else, everyone's vote has to change things." ( SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICAN YOUNG MAN, PRANESH PRIYASHI "Where the poor get more resources, and just, I feel like South Africa should be a better place." Cyril Ramaphosa, who became ANC leader in December 2017, has promised to create jobs, improve public services, and fight corruption.

His main challengers are the Democratic Alliance and the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters.

Officials say results could be announced on Saturday (May 11).




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