South African opposition groups join forces to challenge ruling party ahead of elections

  • by: CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 28, 2014 - 11:25 AM

JOHANNESBURG — Ahead of elections this year, South Africa's main opposition party merged with a smaller group on Tuesday to jointly challenge a ruling party whose immense popularity, buoyed by its anti-apartheid credentials and close ties to Nelson Mandela, has frayed amid corruption scandals and other problems.

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