South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has conceded defeat in Nelson Mandela Bay, an area of the country’s Eastern Cape Province that includes the city of Port Elizabeth, the party’s Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu said.
With 98 percent of the vote counted the opposition Democratic Alliance had 46.65 percent of the vote in municipal elections while the ANC had 40.99 percent, the electoral commission said on its website at 8:14 a.m. in Johannesburg on Friday.
“We will not lie and say that we are not worried when we lose a metro like Nelson Mandela Bay,” he said in an interview.
The ANC won more than 50 percent of the vote in the 2011 elections in the area. It’s also poised to lose overall control of South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg, and Pretoria, the capital.