How South African Politics Is Going to Extremes

- | 6 months ago

This is not a winner-takes-all kind of story.

In an April 10 by-election in a Soweto ward, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) won comfortably with 72 percent of the vote. But in this ANC stronghold — and the largest township in South Africa — the victory actually marked a five percent loss in votes compared to 2016.

Upstart conservative and church-backed African Transformation Movement (ATM), meanwhile, reaped almost exactly that five-percent difference in votes.

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