South Africa’s ANC Loses Control of Ekurhuleni Industrial Hub

South Africa’s ruling party unexpectedly lost outright control of Ekurhuleni, the country’s fourth-most populous municipality and a major industrial hub, adding to its loss of support among urban voters.

The African National Congress won 48.8 percent of votes cast in the municipality, which lies east of Johannesburg and includes the nation’s main airport, verified tallies released released Saturday by the Independent Electoral Commission showed. The Democratic Alliance won 34.1 percent and the Economic Freedom Fighters 11.1 percent. With no party securing more than half the vote, the council will now be run by a coalition.