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Opposition parties: It's possible to dethrone the ANC

While the ANC is still in the lead overall, it has seen a loss of support in the country’s big metros.

ANC President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Opposition parties say they believe they have taught the African National Congress (ANC) a lesson during this year's elections, and have proven that it's possible to dethrone the ruling party.

While the ANC is still in the lead overall, it has seen a loss of support in the country's big metros.

The Economic Freedom Fighters' Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says everyone who voted for the red berets contributed to showing the ANC that it's not invincible.

"We want to thank the people of South Africa for giving us the keys to the classroom of a historic lesson on humility for the ANC."

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The Democratic Alliance's Phumzile van Damme says judging by the progress made this year, the party will cause even more of a stir in 2019.

"Its 95 percent of the vote counted, the ANC is at 54.4 percent - so 2019, we are going to be ready for that."

The two parties say they will soon show that it's possible to unseat a party that has ruled since the dawn of South Africa's democracy.