ANC Faces Potential Loss of Majority as Vote Count Progresses

NATIONAL NEWS

By Staff Reporter

MIDRAND-As the vote counting continues across South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) is facing a potential loss of its majority hold for the first time since the country’s democratic transition.

With 51.92% of votes counted, the ANC’s share of the national ballot stands at 42.34%, indicating a significant decline from its previous electoral performance.

According to the prediction model from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the projected final vote percentages on the national ballot are as follows: ANC at 40.5%, the Democratic Alliance (DA) at 21.7%, the uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) at 14.6%, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) at 9.4%, and the Patriotic Alliance (PA) at 2%.

These projections, if realized, would mark a historic shift in South Africa’s political landscape, potentially ending the ANC’s long-standing dominance since the end of apartheid. The decline in support for the ruling party reflects growing public discontent over various issues, including economic challenges, corruption scandals, and inefficiencies in governance.

The DA, which has been the main opposition party, stands to make substantial gains with a projected 21.7% of the vote.

The emergence of the uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) with 14.6% suggests a significant reshuffling of voter allegiances, while the EFF continues to hold a solid base with 9.4%.

The Patriotic Alliance (PA), though smaller, is also making its presence felt with a projected 2% of the national vote.

As the counting progresses and final results are awaited, the ANC’s potential loss of majority could lead to new coalitions and power dynamics in South African politics. Political analysts are closely watching these developments, as they could herald a new era of multi-party governance and increased political competition.

The ANC’s decline raises questions about the future direction of the party and its ability to reform and regain voter confidence. Meanwhile, the potential gains for opposition parties underscore the shifting priorities and sentiments among the South African electorate.

The final outcome of this election remains uncertain as vote counting continues. However, the preliminary results and projections indicate that South Africa’s political landscape is on the brink of a significant transformation.

For continuous updates and detailed election coverage, stay tuned to local news outlets and official announcements from the Electoral Commission.

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