The ANC has fired warning shots at the DA in its electoral stronghold of the Western Cape, making inroads in two wards in by-elections. in the province this week. The DA retained the two wards in the municipalities of Saldanha and Oudtshoorn in the by-elections on Wednesday. However, the results point to an improved performance by the ANC in a province in which it has performed dismally in the past decade. The DA retained the wards at a lower margin than in the 2016 local government elections, while the ANC’s support grew. The DA started governing the province with an outright majority in 2009 and has since grown that majority. However, in the past few months, it has been embroiled in its own internal problems. An attempt by the party to remove Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has resulted in political infighting. This has led to key programmes such as responding to a ravaging drought, provision of housing and a water crisis taking a back seat. Since Cyril Ramaphosa’s election as A...

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