South Africans voted Wednesday in local polls whose results could resound nationally and shake the long-time ruling party.
The African National Congress has dominated national politics since Nelson Mandela ushered the party to power in 1994, but, under President Jacob Zuma, the ANC has been tarnished by corruption scandals. Unemployment and inequality have lingered under his leadership.
Opinion polls predict the opposition Democratic Alliance will make gains in metropolitan areas, including here in this economic hub. Allowing the opposition a greater chance to govern now could open the door for it to seize a larger share in 2019’s national poll.
The runup to the poll was marred with what appeared to be intraparty violence and killings among ANC activists and candidates.
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