The yr 2016 was a watershed ballot the place the ANC misplaced management of Tshwane, the Metropolis of Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay. With the assistance of the African Impartial Congress, it managed to carry on to Ekurhuleni.
First printed within the Every day Maverick 168 weekly newspaper.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of 27 October because the date for this yr’s native authorities elections has set into movement the campaigning for what will certainly be a extremely contested ballot.
Not solely will these native authorities elections be happening below distinctive circumstances given the Covid-19 pandemic, they can even give a transparent indication of whether or not the events’ losses or positive factors of 2016 have been reversed in any respect.
The by-elections held on Wednesday 21 April would have boosted the ANC’s ego whereas giving the DA one thing to be involved about. The EFF can even have one thing to smile about, having elevated its voter share, though it didn’t win any of the contested wards.
As with most elections, pundits have been fast to take a look at the outcomes and the shifts in assist to foretell the possible trajectory of the assorted events within the October elections.
However typically by-election outcomes are very like pupil…