Once again, most voters, often labelled unthinking by people in the suburbs, have shown that they can work out what is in their interests. This time, they did it by rejecting the ANC’s Zuma faction. But how do we know which faction voters support when, of course, they choose parties, not factions? The first evidence is the very poor showing of parties that in the public mind are identified with Zuma and his supporters. In contrast to 2009 and 2014, when only one party was formed by members of a faction that had lost an internal ANC battle, in this election there were three: the African Transformation Movement (ATM), which Mzwanele Manyi joined; Black Land First led by Andile Mngxitama; and the African Content Movement founded by Hlaudi Motsoeneng. The ATM won two seats, the others none. Between them, they received 0.58% of the vote. This is a tiny fraction of the Cope vote in 2009 and the EFF vote in 2014. The second is the result in the North West. There the ANC won just under 62%...

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