In the week after the bruising 2019 national elections political parties — especially the ANC and DA — will have to do some introspection and strategise on the way forward. The ANC will be holding a special national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Monday. The party retained a weakened majority on the national ballot with 57.51%. While this is not the more than 60% support it enjoyed in previous elections, it was a better result than what it had received in the 2016 local government elections, where nationally it received 53.91%. The party also retained its hold on eight of the country’s provinces, but also with reduced majorities.

The ANC on Monday will first hold a national working committee (NWC) meeting which will be followed by the special NEC.The special NEC is expected, among other things, to discuss and come to a decision on who will be their premiers in the eight provinces.The party’s provincial executive committees will submit three names of possible premiers for...

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