The ANC is facing a historic challenge to its dominance, particularly in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, in an early assessment of the election landscape that an analyst says would be difficult to reverse.

With more than 20% of the votes in, the ANC leads with 43.41% of the vote, signalling a potential shift in the political balance for the first time since the party was swept to victory in 1994 in the glow of national and international goodwill...

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