by Pejman Yousefzadeh on April 25, 2009

No two-thirds majority for the African National Congress in South Africa’s recently concluded elections, which means that the ANC cannot willy-nilly change the South African constitution or institute roadblocks against any prosecution of ANC leader Jacob Zuma, who will be the next president of South Africa.

This is a good result for South Africa, which has not seen any major benefits emerge from the ANC’s monopoly on political power. In a few short years, South Africa has gone from being a beacon of integrationist hope to a country whose government largely denied the AIDS crisis and did little to solve it, and took several giant steps back when it came to human rights. It’s going to be a long time before any party is able to seriously challenge the ANC for a serious share of political power. But it is refreshing to see that the ANC’s relentless efforts to achieve political power have been halted somewhat. Given the degree to which the ANC has disappointed those who believed that in the post-apartheid era, it would make significant, positive contributions to the growth and development of South Africa, it deserves the defeat it has gotten.

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