Trust in South Africa’s government declines amid crises
07 June 2023 | 7:07 am
Trust in South Africa's government is waning due to assassinations, corruption, and power outages. For the first time since the end of apartheid, the African National Congress (ANC) party is fighting to stay in power.
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