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Final Results: South Africa’s 2014 Election

12 May 2014, 07:34

I don't expect the results to change but these are provisional. It's 10pm, Friday night. Voting has been held up because of rioting in Alexander, north of Johannesburg. The ANC has alleged that the EFF bussed people in. The EFF has denied this. Injuries and damage to property has been severe enough to result in the army being sent in. For the want of an hour, i would have congratulated South Africa on our most peaceful election yet:(

(Political Parties With More Than 25 000 Votes)

  • ANC – 62.15% (249 seats)
  • DA – 22.23% (89 seats)
  • EFF – 6.35% (25 seats)
  • IFP – 2.40% (10 seats)
  • NFP – 1.57% (6 seats)
  • UDM – 1.00% (4 seats)
  • VF+ – 0.90% (4 seats)
  • COPE – 0.67% (3 seats)
  • ACDP – 0.56% (3 seats)
  • AIC – 0.53% (3 seats)
  • AGANG – 0.28% (2 seats)
  • PAC – 0.21% (1 seat)
  • APC – 0.17% (1 seat)
  • AL J – 0.14% (none)
  • The ANC may have dropped 3% since the 2009 election but that they commanded almost 3 times more votes than the DA, the official opposition, proves that tradition plays more part in power than scandal.

    The DA took a solid step upward but with failure to gain a second province, or possible wins in Tshwane and Johannesburg, they will have realised that the current status quo is to be extended into the next 5 years.

    The big success, especially considering how little planning time they had, is for the EFF. They must be ecstatic to have become the official opposition in Limpopo. However, COPE also arrived with a bang back in 2009 yet internal fighting has brought them to this election where one must wonder whether they will be able to continue, let alone limp, as a party. The NFP, the rebels who broke away from the IFP, made a significant dent in the smile of their parent.

    AGANG made the biggest hoo-ha as a newcomer but received the greatest embarrassment. However unfair it may have been, Helen Zille successfully shifted the blame of the failed DAgang onto them… and their 0.28% proves she got her revenge.

    The shrinking of the smallest parties is a loss to South African democracy. How can new parties ever hope to equal the overseas funding the DA and ANC are undoubtedly receiving?

    * * *

    (Top Political Parties)
    Western Cape:
    • DA – 57.26%

  • ANC – 34.00%
  • EFF – 2.32%
  • ACDP – 1.17%
  • VF+ – 1.07%
  • Cope – 0.64%
  • The top two as expected. The EFF gains a foothold after COPE implodes. And the Muslim Party, Al Jama-ah, starts to gain on the African Christian Democratic Party. To give you an indication of support, each percentage equates to 21 400 voters. If you are from the Western Cape, consider reading ‘The Political Future of Knysna & Bitou (Plettenberg Bay)?’.

    Northern Cape:

    • ANC – 63.88%
  • DA – 23.36%
  • EFF – 5.06%
  • COPE – 3.31%
  • VF+ – 1.32%
  • This was a main target area for the DA. They may have made inroads but gaining less than a quarter of the vote after claiming they would win must make this a loss.

    Eastern Cape:

    • ANC - 70.75%
  • DA – 15.87%
  • UDM – 5.29%
  • EFF – 3.78%%
  • COPE – 1.18%
  • AIC – 0.78%
  • Voters totally defy their empty pockets and lack of decent health care by giving the ANC another big, provincial victory. It would seem that the bragging rights to having been home to two South African presidents is more important than an economic future.

    North West:

    • ANC – 67.79%
  • DA – 12.59%
  • EFF – 12.53%
  • VF+ – 1.61%
  • UDM – 0.96%
  • UCDP – 0.90%
  • The EFF’s lead as official opposition got caught in the final stages. The DA pipped them by only 752 votes – super close!


    • ANC – 78.97%
  • EFF – 10.27%
  • DA – 6.60%
  • COPE – 0.82%
  • VF+ – 0.67%
  • AIC – 0.43%
  • An overwhelming victory for the ANC. The EFF gets to brag second place again.


    • ANC – 78.80%
  • DA – 10.04%
  • EFF – 6.15%
  • BRA – 0.88%
  • VF+ – 0.85%
  • NFP – 0.67%
  • In this sparsely populated province, the ANC scored over a million votes. Interestingly, the NFP broke out of KZN and found some support with their neighbours. The unwieldy named Bushbuckridge Residents’ Association (BRA), it’s a group splintered from the ANC. Their leader was recently released from jail after conviction on charges related to vigilantism. Lucky for the party, 3 months isn’t long enough to disqualify anyone from the elections.


    • ANC – 54.92%
  • DA – 28.52%
  • EFF – 10.26%
  • VF+ – 1.27%
  • IFP – 0.82%
  • ACDP – 0.67%
  • The DA will kick themselves for missing this one. After allegedly spending 100 million rand to win this province, their gains after the 2009 elections will not stop this from being a massive failure. More precisely, they never had to win. All they had to do was keep the ANC below 50%. A coalition of parties here could have changed the political landscape of our country. After all, almost half of South Africa’s wealth is derived from this, our smallest province.

    And, for entertainment’s sake, it would have been a laugh if Helen Zille and Julius Malema had kissed for the sake of power. This may have been our only chance at seeing that Hallmark moment.

    Kwa-Zulu Natal:

    • ANC – 65.31%
  • DA – 13.35%
  • IFP – 10.17%
  • NFP – 6.43%
  • EFF – 1.97%
  • AIC – .50%
  • That this is the land of Nkandla yet the ANC got 65.31% of the vote says much about politics in South Africa. Good news for the DA is that they became the official opposition for the first time thanks to IFP infighting that led to the breakaway party, the NFP.

    Free State:

    • ANC – 69.71%
  • DA – 16.24%
  • EFF – 7.89%
  • VF+ – 1.92%
  • COPE – 1.41%
  • ACDP – 0.67%

    That this is the land of Nkandla yet the ANC got 64.52% of the vote says much about politics in South Africa. Good news for the DA is that they became the official opposition for the first time thanks to IFP infighting that led to the breakaway party, the NFP.

    If you are from the Western Cape, consider reading 'The Political Future of Knysna & Bitou (Plettenberg Bay)?'.

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