South African Municipal Elections Illuminate Wavering Position for Ruling Party

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Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane. Reuters.

The African National Congress’ (ANC) defeat in critical municipalities during the local elections held on August 3 has revealed cracks in South Africa’s ruling political party and has highlighted the diminishing influence of President Jacob Zuma, according to the Atlantic Council’s Chloë McGrath.

“The results of this municipal election have certainly created significant shockwaves for the ANC. Losing control over two major municipalities will definitely be a profound wake-up call for the party, as will slipping below the 60 percent mark for the first time since it came to power,” said McGrath.

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