EXPLAINER | What happened in the 2021 municipal election: Who won, who lost and what now?

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A voter casts her ballot at a polling station at the Johannesburg Muslim School in Newtown.
A voter casts her ballot at a polling station at the Johannesburg Muslim School in Newtown.
Luca Sola, AFP

1.  The ANC had their worst election since it was registered as a political party

The ANC, in control of the national government since 1994, dipped below 50% in popular support for the first time ever. It has lost outright control of a host of municipalities and metropolitan municipalities and will have to find common ground with smaller parties if it wants to govern. The ANC's popular support settled at just above 46%.

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