Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

Elections in South Africa

StoryJune 03, 1999
Watch iconWatch Full Show

South Africa’s next president, Thabo Mbeki, said that the country’s second post-apartheid election has delivered an overwhelming mandate to the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Mbeki, a former underground activist for the ANC, was South African President Nelson Mandela’s deputy president, and was picked by Mandela as his successor.

Voters in South Africa gave the ANC a decisive victory in the election, giving it a two-thirds majority that will allow the party to change the constitution.

Mandela, who will turn over the presidency to Mbeki on June 16, saw his two election-day wishes come true–peaceful voting and an ANC victory.

The voting stretched from yesterday into early today because of long lines at many polling stations. The first result in the election came from Robben Island jail, where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years as a political prisoner, and where prisoners gave a resounding vote to the ANC.

Guests:

  • Pumla Godobo-Madikizela, a psychologist from South Africa who sat on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and its hearings on human rights violations. She is a peace fellow at Bunting Institute in Radcliffe College in Massachusetts.
  • David Goodman, author of the book ??Fault Lines: Journeys Into the New South Africa, published by the University of California-Berkeley Press.
  • Lenore Tate Magubane, Director, South African Partnership at the New School of Social Research in New York.

??
??
??

????
??


The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation