South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has been dealt a huge blow in municipal elections. Its worst electoral performance in two decades at the helm has seen the party lose control of the historically significant Nelson Mandela Bay, with 98 percent of votes counted.
The ANC is still in the lead nationally.
Deputy President of South Africa and of the ANC Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to listen to the people ahead of national elections scheduled to take place in 2019.
“We are going to listen to our people, both who have voted overwhelmingly for the ANC, but we are also going to listen to those who did not vote for the ANC, because therein lies an important message,” he said.
Liberals the Democratic Alliance have surged forward. The party is fighting a close battle for control over two other key cities: Johannesburg and the administrative capital, Pretoria.