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The End of the ANC’s Single-Party Rule

South Africa’s election has produced a stunning result, with the ruling African National Congress losing its majority for the first time since 1994, when Nelson Mandela led the party to its first post-apartheid victory. The ANC will now have to form a coalition government – and may never be able to rule alone again.

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa has just completed its seventh national election since Nelson Mandela’s post-apartheid victory in 1994. Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) had won the previous elections with comfortable majorities, from a high of 70% in 2004 to a low of 57% in 2019. Not this time: the ANC is now in the minority.