Young boys look at Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) election posters in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, South Africa, 5 May 2014
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South Africa election - in 60 seconds

6 May 2014 Last updated at 17:36 BST

South Africans head to the polls on Wednesday as their country struggles through one of the worst political and economic crises since the end of apartheid 20 years ago.

Under the leadership of the late Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress (ANC) won the country's first truly democratic elections in 1994, and the party has been in power ever since.

But how well will the ANC do this time?

Here is the background to the vote - in 60 seconds.

Video produced by Michael Hirst

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