What next for South Africa?

South Africa is set for a period of political turmoil followed by a new era of coalition rule after the African National Congress (ANC) lost its majority for the first time since apartheid ended 30 years ago.

With all the votes counted from Wednesday’s election, the ANC still emerged as the largest party on 40%, although this was below its worst-case scenario and well down from the 57.5% it won at the previous election in 2019. 

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