South Africa’s Ruling ANC Loses Vote to DA in Nelson Mandela Bay

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A man wearing a shirt of the African National Congress (ANC) with a photo of Nelson Mandela walks outside a polling station during South African municipal elections, on August 3. South Africans voted Wednesday in closely contested municipal elections that could deal a heavy blow to the African National Congress (ANC), which has ruled since leading the struggle to end apartheid. Nelson Mandela's former party risks losing control of key cities including the capital Pretoria, the economic hub Johannesburg and coastal Port Elizabeth, according to some polls. / AFP / RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

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South Africa’s ruling African National Congress lost control of the southern municipality of Nelson Mandela Bay, a key port and vehicle manufacturing hub, in a local government election that’s highlighted urban discontent over a stagnating economy and a series of scandals embroiling President Jacob Zuma.

With all votes counted in the municipality, the main opposition Democratic Alliance had 46.5 percent support, the ANC 41.6 percent, the Economic Freedom Fighters 5.1 percent and United Democratic Movement 1.8 percent, results released by the Independent Electoral Commission in the capital, Pretoria, show. The absence of a clear winner means the municipality, which includes the city of Port Elizabeth, will be run by a coalition after the elections. Both the DA and EFF have said they will work with each other but not the ANC.

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