S.Africa’s ANC gets 46% of vote in municipal elections -final count

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Local government elections, in Alewynspoort

PRETORIA – South Africa’s governing African National Congress took 46% of the vote in this week’s municipal elections, the final count showed on Thursday, the party’s worst election outcome since taking power at the end of white minority rule in 1994.

Figures from the electoral commission put the ANC’s biggest rival, the Democratic Alliance, on 22% of the vote and the Marxist Economic Freedom Fighters on 10%.

At the last municipal elections in 2016 the ANC got 54%, at the time its lowest vote share since the end of apartheid.

(Reporting by Alexander Winning, Nqobile Dludla and Promit Mukherjee, editing by Mark Heinrich)