South Africa's storied ANC weakens as president stays on

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president narrowly escaped the most serious attempt yet to unseat him this week. He danced outside parliament with his African National Congress party in celebration, but that mood is fading fast.

Observers say alleged corruption has significantly weakened the once potent anti-apartheid party of Nelson Mandela to the point where it could lose its grip on power.

The ANC, instrumental in ending South Africa's apartheid regime of racial discrimination, has ruled since the country's first all-race elections in 1994.

But its support has eroded since Zuma came to power in 2009 as South Africans have vented their frustration at the ballot box over high unemployment and a lack of basic services like water and electricity.

The next national elections are in 2019 and are causing the party concern.