South africa | ANC Prevails in 2014 Elections; Army Called in to Quell Anti-Immigrant Violence
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ANC Prevails in 2014 Elections; Army Called in to Quell Anti-Immigrant Violence
The ANC took 62.2% of the vote in May 2014 elections, handing Zuma a second term as president. The opposition Democratic Alliance placed second, 22.2%. Despite its landslide victory, the ANC has seen its popularity diminish in recent years due to allegations of corruption, growing income inequality, and disenchantment with Zuma.
South Africa was hit by a spate of attacks on immigrants in March and April 2015. Several people were killed in the violence. Most of the victims were Africans from nearby countries who run small businesses. As South Africa's economy has suffered, anti-immigrant sentiment has increased. The surge in violence followed comments by the Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, who demanded that the immigrants leave and referred to them as "lice" and "ants." The South African troops were deployed to end the violence.
In Feb. 2018, after lengthy challenges from within his party and from outside, Zuma was forced to resign or face a vote of no confidence. The president delivered his resignation on live broadcast, while also remarking that the ANC was making a mistake in targeting him. On Feb. 15, the new president Cyril Ramaphosa (Zuma's Deputy President and a famous opponent of the apartheid regime in the 90's) was sworn into office.