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The horrendous voter turnout and the ANC’s dire performance in this week’s local elections are a clear and unambiguous message from the electorate that it is unhappy with the pace of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reforms. The results herald a torrid time for him in the 2024 elections.

The ANC took a clear, conscious decision not to name its mayoral candidates for the various municipalities the party was contesting across the country. Instead, it chose to go with the asset it had: Ramaphosa’s popularity. Election posters across the country bore his smiling face. ..

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