Political analyst Judith February foresees some tough strategic choices on the cards for the DA and the EFF after the final votes have been counted.
She explains that the outcome of the municipal elections will test the leadership of the two opposition parties and their willingness to enter into coalition politics.
Early results for the Western Cape suggest significant gains for the DA, while the race remains tight in Tshwane, Joburg and Nelson Madela Bay where the DA and the ANC have been battling it out.
February says DA leader Mmusi Maimane will have to prove the staying power of his party after the final votes have been tallied.
Is the DA another party that's reached its glass ceiling or can it really shift the political landscape?— Judith February, political analyst
She adds that if the ANC loses one of the three hotly contested metros, there will be a significant impact on the ruling party's internal dynamics and symbolic strength.
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