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SA's political landscape changing - analysts

Political analyst Ebrahim Fakir says parties will now be under increased pressure to perform.

FILE: Election officials working on the main floor at the IEC National Results Centre on 3 August 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As parties start to draw a fuller picture of the possible outcome of the local government elections, analysts say the results are indicating a change in South Africa's political landscape.

The African National Congress (ANC) has been neck-and-neck with the Democratic Alliance (DA) in major metros like Johannesburg and Tshwane.

Analysts are predicting that there'll be no outright winner in these metros and parties will have to form coalitions with smaller ones to gain a majority

Analyst Ebrahim Fakir says parties will now be at increased pressure to perform.

"It places the question of uncertainty on the agenda, it can force greater accountability and can force greater responsiveness, but that depends on how the parties start to look inwardly and what approach they take to govern."

LISTEN: 'Political power is slipping from the hands of the ANC' - Richard Calland.

Richard Calland says these elections are a game changer.

"In all four of those metros the ANC has been pushed under 50% and has to cobble together some kind of make shift coalition or be forced out of government. It's game changing."

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