South Africa’s ANC Suffers Huge Electoral Setback


South Africa’s ruling party, African National Congress (ANC) has suffered a huge electoral setback the worst since apartheid ended in 1994.

The 94% of the votes counted after Wednesday’s municipal elections shows that the party has lost the key battleground of Nelson Mandela Bay to the opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The ANC has been in power since the end of apartheid in 1994 having won more than 60 per cent of the vote at every elections and has produced the Presidents since then including Nelson Mandela.

The loss of the Bay, which is named after ANC liberation hero and South Africa’s first democratically elected president, is a big blow to the party as many of the leaders of the struggle against apartheid come from the area.