South African ruling party in soul-searching after vote shock

South African ruling African National Congress president Jacob Zuma gestures as he gives his speech during the ANC closing rally campaign for the municipal elections at Ellis Par Stadium on July 31, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The ANC last week suffered what analysts called a “savage indictment”, garnering less than 54 per cent of ballots cast — an eight-point drop from the last local poll in 2011 and its worst showing since the fall of white-minority rule in 1994.
  • Of the country’s six most populous cities, the ANC won an outright majority in only one: Durban, Zuma’s traditional stronghold.
  • The election was seen as a referendum on President Zuma’s rule, but it also highlighted the declining popularity of African National Congress.
  • Mr Zuma, who has three more years to serve out his term, has been dogged by scandal throughout his presidency.

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