Carol Paton Editor at large

Results from 13 municipal by-elections held on Wednesday indicate that the DA is looking good to take the Western Cape; the ANC could struggle to make 50% in Gauteng; and the Freedom Front is taking votes off the DA. Independent election analyst Dawie Scholtz said that voting patterns looked broadly similar to the 2016 municipal elections, in which the ANC dropped below 50% in Gauteng. The ANC’s overall share in 2016 dropped below 60% for the first time to 55.68% and forced it into opposition in three major cities.

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