For the governing ANC, the 2019 general elections were another turning point, as the party shed 4.6 percentage points from its 2014 poll results.
The ruling party also narrowly won Gauteng, the country’s economic hub.
Former deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe put it aptly after voting on May 8 at the Killarney Country Club, when he said the leadership of the ANC was well aware that this was the last chance for the party to address its weaknesses. The organisation has bled 1410446 votes from 2009 to now.
Voters who dumped the party demonstrated their displeasure with the weaknesses crippling the organisation. Years of corruption and state capture have eroded the trust many had in the ruling party.