Sunday, August 7, 2016

South Africa's Ruling ANC Suffers Losses In Local Elections

Reuters: South African's ANC suffers worst election since taking power

The African National Congress lost its grip on local government in Tshwane, home of the South African capital Pretoria, as results on Saturday gave the opposition Democratic Alliance a second big win in the ANC's worst election since the end of apartheid.

The results of Wednesday's voting have reshaped the political landscape in South Africa, where the ANC has ruled virtually unopposed since it ended white-minority rule in 1994, led by Nelson Mandela.

Unemployment, economic stagnation and scandals around President Jacob Zuma led voters to punish the ANC, changing the outlook for national elections in 2019 and potentially emboldening Zuma's rivals within the ANC to challenge him.

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WNU Editor: I definitely sense change in the air for South Africa. This has the potential to be a watershed moment for South Africa.

More News On South Africa's Ruling ANC Suffering Losses In Local Elections

A.N.C. Loses Pretoria, South Africa’s Capital, as Setbacks Mount -- NYT
ANC Loses Key South Africa Towns as Discontent Boosts Rivals -- Bloomberg
South African Voters Rebuke Ruling ANC Party -- US News and World Report
South Africa local elections: ANC loses in capital Pretoria -- BBC
NEWS ANALYSIS: Major shift in SA politics as the DA breaks out of its Cape enclave -- BDLive
South Africa has broken the post-colonial narrative. It’s a thrilling turning point -- Justice Malala, The Guardian
South Africa’s latest elections show Mandela’s legacy can’t protect the ANC from its own incompetence anymore -- Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz
Four women, the president and the protest that shook the election results ceremony -- Ra'eesa Pather, Mail & Guardian
South Africa local elections: Four things we have learnt -- BBC

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