JOHANNESBURG (AP) – South African voters have leveled a major criticism at the ruling African National Congress, the party of late anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, which won less than 50% of the vote cast in local elections.
Widespread corruption, persistently high unemployment rates, crippling power outages and inefficient delivery of government services were hot topics for the campaign.
In the results announced Thursday evening, the ANC saw an erosion of its support and, as a result, will control fewer councils and have fewer mayors in large and small towns across the country.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has acknowledged that the party will need to form coalitions to govern major metropolitan areas.
“If we are to make this into a new and better era, we as leaders must put aside our differences and work together in a spirit of partnership, cooperation and collaboration and common purpose for the benefit of the people. South African, âRamaphosa said. , announcing the results at the electoral center in Pretoria.
Not only did voters not support the ANC, most did not bother to vote. Although polling day was declared a public holiday, the turnout was 47% of registered voters, more than 10% lower than in previous elections.
The main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, failed to take advantage of the decline in ANC support, seeing its share of the vote drop by around 5% since the previous local elections in 2016.
New parties like ActionSA in Johannesburg and the Good Party in Cape Town won significant minority shares, giving them strategic leverage in the coalitions that the major parties will have to form in the coming days.