South Africa is gearing up for the first election since the death of its first black president and post-apartheid figurehead, Nelson Mandela. But the party he led to election victory in 1994, which has dominated the country's politics ever since, could be falling out of favor with voters, analysts told CNBC.
The African National Congress (ANC) has been in power since the abolition of apartheid in South Africa two decades ago after it won power in the 1994 election with 62.65 percent of the vote.
In the three elections after that, the ANC consistently won over 65 percent of the vote. But the government's image has been tarnished over the past few years with a rapidly decelerating economy and corruption.
"The Madiba (Mandela's Xhosa tribal name) factor will play a role in the elections in that it tends to reinforce voter loyalty to 'brand ANC'," Anne Fruehauf, senior vice president at Teneo Intelligence told CNBC in an email.
"But increasingly the Mandela legacy serves as a contrast to today's generation of ANC leaders."