STORY: :: South Africans begin voting in an election that

polls say could see the ruling ANC lose its majority

:: May 29, 2024

:: The ANC has won a majority in every election

since the first multi-racial vote in 1994

:: Johannesburg, South Africa

Voters are electing nine provincial legislatures and a new national parliament, which will then choose the country's next president.

If the ANC gets less than 50% of the national vote it will have to seek one or more coalition partners to govern the country, the first such alliance in the 30 years since it swept to power with Nelson Mandela as its leader at the end of apartheid.