Early speculation in the recent local government elections was that the ANC would pay a significant price for decaying local administration, pervasive corruption and poor service delivery. In the end the overall results showed that the support base of the ruling party is still largely secure. The most significant change that these results reflected was that the electorate is now clearly more comprehensively racially polarised than before, with the white and brown racial minorities very substantially in opposition and the vast bulk of Africans still loyal in support of the ANC.
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