ANC loses outright majority in Northern Cape

The results coming in are getting worse for the ANC.

With all the votes counted and declared, the party has lost its outright majority in the Northern Cape – a sparsely populated province which has Kimberly as its biggest city – a place where British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes made his fortune from its diamond fields.

In the vote for its provincial legislature, the ANC got 49%, followed by the DA’s 21%, and the EFF’s 13%.

These shares are also reflected in the Northern Cape’s vote for the national parliament.

We don’t yet have the final result from South Africa’s two biggest provinces – Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

But the ANC is expected to lose its outright majority in Gauteng, while it could be pushed into second spot in KwaZulu-Natal by the breakaway party led by former president Jacob Zuma.

So, there would probably be coalitions in at least two of South Africa’s nine provinces – along with a coalition at national level. – BBC

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