>> Nkandla, South African President Jacob Zuma's hometown, lost to his opponent in a bruising local election result on Thursday. Zuma had always helped deliver the town's Zulu vote for the ruling African National Congress. This time it went to the Zulu Nationalist Inkatha Freedom Party. As votes are counted, its clear the ANC has suffered it's biggest blow, since it ended apartheid 22 years ago.
But the count less symbolic. Zuma's lavish home improvements at the taxpayer's expense made the town a household name in South Africa, a byword for corruption. Its famous son, survived an impeachment vote in April. He'd ignored an order to pay back some of the $16 million he spent on the house.
Elsewhere, it was the opposition Democratic Alliance that snatched votes from the ANC, a historically white party with a new black leader. The ANC is on course to either lose or fail to win a majority in Port Elizabeth, the capital Pretoria, and economic hub Johannesburg. And its losing in symbolic Nelson Mandela Bay.
Graft is high on the list of voters' gripes. But with one in four unemployed and recession looming, South Africans are also punishing the ANC for a striken economy. Mafuna Kotoyana is following events in Johannesburg.>> Some critics are saying that it might trigger an early resignation for President Jacob Zuma, ahead of national elections in 2019.
>> The ANC still leads the overall count but its crown is tarnished. This reshapes the political landscape before the 2019 general elections, and could portend greater losses then.