Dropping below 50% support nationally is a psychological blow for the ruling ANC — and an electoral outcome that will usher in a new era of coalition politics ahead of the next general election in 2024.

At the time of going to print, and with almost 40% of the vote in local government elections counted, the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research places the party’s support at 46.5% — a drop from 57.5% in the national election in 2019 and 54.5% in the 2016 local government elections...

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