ANC beaten in local elections in S. African capital Pretoria

A woman casts her ballot at a voting station for the municipal elections in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, on August 3, 2016South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) suffered a historic defeat in the country’s capital to the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in local elections, the electoral commission said Saturday. In Tshwane, the metropolitan area that includes Pretoria, DA won 43.1 percent of the vote over the ANC’s 41.2 percent, according to final results in elections highlighting the declining popularity of the party that led the anti-apartheid struggle. The loss of Pretoria comes on top of the ANC conceding defeat Friday in Port Elizabeth, a key battleground of Wednesday’s municipal election.

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