South Africa’s municipal election results are mostly in and they point to a popular vote of no confidence for the ruling African National Congress. For the first time since the anti-apartheid party swept to power under Nelson Mandela in 1994, the ANC failed to secure more than 60 percent of the nationwide vote.
I see that the ANC says 54% is a "ringing endorsement"And that kids, is how you polish a turd.— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) August 5, 2016
Daryl Glaser, lecturer in political studies department at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, said he expected the DA to be the biggest single party in Nelson Mandela Bay but to fall short of a majority.“In the case of Tshwane and Johannesburg the ANC will be the biggest party – but very significantly, it will fall below 50 percent, so we are looking at a major setback,” he said.“We are into an era of coalition politics.”
So who will play kingmaker in these municipal elections? In many cases, it’s the radical far-left Economic Freedom Fighters, whose incendiary leader Julius Malema previously served as president of the ANC Youth League before splitting from the ANC.