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South Africa’s president, Cabinet face no-confidence vote

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Cabinet are facing a vote of no confidence Wednesday in the National Assembly over several allegations raised by the opposition.

The official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), raised the motion in February this year, saying the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, in power since 1994, has failed to bridge the economic divide in the country since the end of apartheid.

The DA parliamentary chief whip, Natasha Mazzone, said in a statement on Tuesday that “President Ramaphosa’s government had the opportunity to grow the economy by easing the doing of business and fostering local and foreign investment. Instead, they allowed infrastructure to degenerate almost beyond repair, rolling blackouts (power cuts) to become part of daily lives, and poverty to flourish.”

The ANC rejected the claims, saying it is working hard to reverse the legacy of apartheid by introducing policies to favor disadvantaged communities, improve the ease of doing business and offering housing, among other things, but added that these programs will take time to fully reverse apartheid’s brutal legacy.

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