ANC loses power in Johannesburg for first time

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's governing ANC party has lost control of the country's largest city and economic centre, Johannesburg.

The city council elected as mayor Herman Mashaba from the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA).

The ANC had run the city since the fall of apartheid more than 20 years ago. It lost its council majority in local elections, although it is still the largest party.

The party has also lost control of the capital Pretoria and Cape Town.

It follows local elections earlier this month that produced no outright winner in most districts, resulting in hung municipalities and forcing parties to form coalitions to govern.

Of the country's six biggest cities, the ANC only won an outright majority in Durban, seen as a stronghold for South African President Jacob Zuma.

Comments (2)

If the DA and its coalitions manage to deliver in the big metros that it has won this will be a death knell for ANC. SA has some 67% of its population living in Urban areas so a ruling party cannot afford to trifle with this electorate. ZANU can get away with it because over 60% of the population in Zimbabwe lives in the rural areas and they use first past the post, winner takes all whereas in SA they use proportional representation.

Galore - 24 August 2016

Well done DA ! Let's bury the ANC

Slim Cat - 25 August 2016

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