1 Jun 2024

ANC loses majority in South Africa after 30 years

Europe Editor and Presenter

The African National Congress party has lost its majority in South Africa’ parliament for the first time since the collapse of apartheid thirty years ago.

With almost all the results from Wednesday’s election now counted, the ANC took just over 40 per cent of the vote – an incredible fall from the party’s 58 per cent last time. The ANC will now have to see if it can form a coalition with rival parties to stay in power, although opposition leaders said it was a chance for much needed change.

Milton Nkosi is the former BBC South African bureau chief who now works for the news organisation Africa Asia Dialogues. He joins us from Johannesburg.