ANC leads with 58% in early count

2011-05-19 07:27

Pretoria - With a little more than 3.1 million ballots counted shortly after 04:00 on Thursday, the African National Congress had garnered 58% of the 2011 local government election votes.

Shortly after 04:00 on Thursday, the Independent Electoral Commission had counted 3 111 329 votes cast by 937 209 voters.

With more than 23m registered voters, it was still too early to tell whether the figures available would be an indication of the final tally or how many wards and proportional representative votes would be secured by the respective parties.

Of the 3 111 329 there were 57 515 spoilt votes and 3 053 814 valid votes.

A total of 1 773 928 votes had been cast for the ANC, while the Democratic Alliance had garnered 903 589 votes or 29.59%.

The Congress of the People had at this stage received the third highest tally of votes with 97 397 votes cast for the party led by Mosiuoa Lekota.

The Inkatha Freedom Party had secured 74 722 votes while the newly formed National Freedom Party, led by the IFP's former national chairperson Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi had secured 54 886 votes.

According to incoming figures, the ANC has secured 122 seats nationally at this stage, the DA 67, Cope one and the IFP one.

More votes for DA in Tshwane

It was not clear which wards these were, but the Democratic Alliance's Tshwane spokesperson said that the party had secured 37 of the 105 wards in Tshwane, with results still outstanding.

He said the DA previously only had 24 seats in the Tshwane Metro.

From figures supplied by the IEC, attempts by the ANC to regain control of Western Cape municipalities did not appear to bear fruit.

According to IEC figures the ANC had secured 26.9% of the total vote in the province compared to 62% for the DA. This was based on 583 889 votes cast by 197 385 voters in the province.

The seats for six municipalities in the Eastern Cape, the Northern Cape and the Western Cape had been finalised with the ANC holding the majority on five. The Laingsburg municipality saw the DA and ANC each gain three seats, with Cope winning one.

A ward in Randfontein west of Johannesburg was the first to complete its vote counting. The ANC won 57% of the vote and the DA 43% in that ward. Nine people were registered in Ward 74802011.

Seven of them voted, with the ANC receiving four votes and the DA three.

  • Wayne - 2011-05-19 07:33

    The people have spoken and they are saying "We want more of the same non service delivery, nepotism, corruption, rich get richer and poor get poorer..on and we just love our open toilets".

      Riana - 2011-05-19 08:01

      I agree - if any of the ANC voters complain again about services delivery, lack of work, hardships or anything i will just say "thats what you chose". They always mak empty promises - What ever =

      Nathi123 - 2011-05-19 08:41

      @ We have never complained to DA about service delivery. We complain to our party ANC. Stop thinking that DA is doing us a favour!

      neo_acheron - 2011-05-19 09:06

      @Nathi123 how thick do you have to be? Where the ANC rules, theres no service delivery, thus the ANC gets blamed for it... And their supporters just keep on voting and toyi-toying like bloody baffoons everytime they have a problem.

      Nathi123 - 2011-05-19 09:25

      @ Neo_acheron You people are stupid- but u choose to act like you are clever. its been years now howling that ANC does not deliver and you will win the municipalities where the ANC did not deliver. Unfotunately its not happening.... u need to ask urself WHY. The only that u guys have is that people are stupid..... lol gues who was campaigning by giving loafs of break yesterday?

      Nathi123 - 2011-05-19 09:31

      @ Neo_acheron Gues who was campigning by giving loafs of bread yesterday?

  • sganja - 2011-05-19 07:33

    Go Anc this is good news,please keep us updated news24.

      Bob - 2011-05-19 08:11

      Good news, you have to be joking, another blind ANC follower, luckily I live in the Cape with it's DA rule, not the corrupt racist ANC liars, I think it's a good election and proof that South Africans are waking up to the fact that the DA can deliver the goods, they are not all brain washed.

      andrew.pottow - 2011-05-19 11:29

      Nathi, he never said anything about blacks, you brought it up and made assumptions. Besides, the ANC has 92% of the black vote so far, so I think its fair to say the ANC gets the black vote and the reverse, that blacks vote ANC

      Bob - 2011-05-19 11:49

      Andrew, thank you for pointing that out to Nathi, the future of this country does not lay with racist black people anymore than it lay with racist white people in the past, if the ANC were doing any good at all they would get my support, my opinions are not based on the ANC being 90 + % supported by black people, it based on the fact they are corrupt and do nothing for the good of this country.

  • Born To Fish - 2011-05-19 07:36

    And so the Blind sheep syndrome continue. Please remember, No service delivery protests in the near future, you asked for it!

  • Twoplusthree - 2011-05-19 07:37

    News 24: please read before publishing, 9m voters is way more than 900'000.

  • Sportsjunky - 2011-05-19 07:40

    You know, its like the woman that stays faithful to the husband that beats and mistreats her. We dont know why she does it, she just does. But things are changing and this wont be the case forever. We will see a change in the next decade

      BobbyM - 2011-05-19 09:56

      By the next decade there will be nothing left

  • MadeInAS - 2011-05-19 07:40

    Out of 10 national leaders of the DA, 7 are white, 2 are couloured & 1 is African. Now what makes the DA begin to talk about democratic values? Besides politics companies are spending millions of rands to meet equity requirement and here you have a political party that wants to be government doing the opposite in a society with more than 70% Africans.

      Wayne - 2011-05-19 07:49

      The same could be said for the rather darker represented ANC...yes? It goes both ways sonny.

      Boels - 2011-05-19 07:49

      And they are still gaining support. Mmmm, makes you think that people don't vote "colour" anymore but "delivery".

      phillip.havenga - 2011-05-19 07:51

      Say what you want but the DA are the only ones delivering.

      Antianc - 2011-05-19 07:52

      Because these are the people that can do the job, not nepotism, cadre deployment etc. thats screwing up this country.

      Hendrik - 2011-05-19 07:55

      It is not about race anymore but about service delivery and good governance, something the ANC is not capable anymore. The next election will be the last one the ANC will win. People want a party like the DA!

      Daan - 2011-05-19 07:57

      @madinSA - Whiteys may not dance as well as the blacks, but they sure as hell knows what democracy is, and how to run a municipality that is not stolen bancrupt. See Cape Town Municipal Audit.

      Wow! - 2011-05-19 08:00

      Actually democracy does not require that the demographics of the population are reflected in the party candidates. That is the beauty of it - people vote for whom they believe will do the job the best for them.

      photonic - 2011-05-19 08:02

      Yes and the ANC is mainly black and look how well their municipalities are run. You are only confirming that the ANC is racist. The DA chooses it's leaders based on their ability, not their skin colour.

      LilGhettoBoy - 2011-05-19 08:19

      I'll vote DA in the future if they reverse those figures

      JMan - 2011-05-19 09:05

      Only 1 is "African"? I highly doubt that.

      Cornel - 2011-05-19 09:31

      Last time I checked..anyone born / naturalized in Africa is an African. Surely then makes the DA a party for Africans. Time to get over your racist attitude and use your vote to make a difference. You ANC supporters still blame apartheid this apartheid that....wake up buddy..... Apartheid is long gone....a lot like your party's service delivery.

      Roman Moroni - 2011-05-20 01:54

      Yes companies are pouring millions of rands into the drain to meet the racist equity goals and guess what - only a few well connected blacks feature about everywhere and the poor "poor" folks that it was intended to help gets nada. And those companies are losing their competitive edge as they go. Go DA, keep on delivering and keep on developing competent people regardless of what colour they are do do the job well.

  • Xysecret - 2011-05-19 07:55

    I didnt vote because I know my vote won't make a difference , anyway had an awesome day with d family yesterday ,

      jeanB - 2011-05-19 08:11

      yeah you one of the many people that should stop complaining, cause there are thousands like you and trust me it will make a diffrence so next time round pls do your country a favour and vote. i think you and every one else who did'nt vote are total idiots

      photonic - 2011-05-19 08:19

      That is such a pathetic attitude!Too many people like you, that's why it doesn't make a difference.

      My Comment - 2011-05-19 08:59

      Not voting is stupid. Every vote makes a difference, however small. By showing the ANC that the gap is narrowing, they will catch a wakeup call. Hell, it might even give other loyalists the confidence to vote with their heads next time. J Mokgotlhoa (former ANC supporter). - 2011-05-19 11:26

      The smallest ward had 9 registered voters. 7 pitched up to vote. 4 voted ANC, 3 voted DA. The otehr 2 didn't vote because they did not like the ANC option and felt their vote was meaningless. By not voting they just gave their ward back to the ANC. Had they voted for ANYONE who would not align with the ANC the ward stood a chance of getting something different. Sadly they will only get another chance in 5 years time. That's how much YOUR vote counts too!! Don't do this again!

  • Vanquisher - 2011-05-19 07:55

    Just Love ANC

      MadeInAS - 2011-05-19 08:51

      Me too I LOVE THE ANC!!!

      JMan - 2011-05-19 09:06

      I love Mrs Ball's Chutney. And Oros.

  • The Spear - 2011-05-19 07:55

    It looks like the ANC will win with a huge majority but I think they might get under 60% of the vote which would hopefully be a HUGE wake up call for them. Competition is good and it will keep them more honest...hopefully.

      photonic - 2011-05-19 08:04

      Yep, they will win comfortably and we all knew that but they will lose ground. Hopefully they will see this as a wake up call and will start doing something about their poor service delivery record. People are starting to see through their empty promises and dirty election tactics.

      Roman Moroni - 2011-05-20 01:56

      It would be great for South Africa if their support fell below 60% - make them honest? Not even the 2nd coming of Christ will achieve that!!! They are a bunch of iceholes!!! :-)

  • Hendrik - 2011-05-19 07:57

    Finally we are becoming a true democratic country, where people are starting to vote for the best and not based on colour. We need a non racial party like the DA that delivers! The best will be if the DA can take Pta and Pe, then they can really show the country how well they can deliver for ALL!!!

  • Zakhele - 2011-05-19 08:01

    Spot on mate. DA undoing is its own racial predujice. The white people are full of themselves there. They have no intention of hearing out what affects black people. I was surprised that a part like DA didn't challenge the RDP houses and children grants. I can tell, the majority of hard working black people (down to the garden boy, pikit up, farm workers, maids, cleaners, etc) do not want these two (RDP houses and Children grants. Instead they want, skills, education, training, developement employement and job creation. The problem with DA started when they started singing the ANC song of providing free houses. There is no such thing as free houses in any society that is to be sustainable. Hlen Zille must swallow her pride and stuff that Lindiwe Mazibuko idiot- who you would think she would help the DA to understand the real issues affecting the masses but instead she is trying hard to be Hellen Zille in a black skin and the public can see though her. What a disgrace she is?

      Bob - 2011-05-19 08:19

      Zakhele, you say Helen Zille is a disgrace, but you support a rapist who uses threats to garner votes, his government are corrupt, lie and waste billions while the people that vote for them live in shacks and even cardboard boxes, you should be ashamed of yourself for supporting this disgusting party.

      Bob - 2011-05-19 08:21

      Oops on reading your article again it's Mazibuko that you say is a disgrace, the rest I wrote about your sick ANC party stays.

      Willem - 2011-05-19 12:02

      Dear Zakhele, I see that the roots of appartheid still runs deep into you becuase you still can not accept that it was a minority of white people that mistreated the black population. The Majority of white people voted in a referendum to restore the black population's human rights and release Mandela. Almost all of the worst white perpetrators from the past have left the country and the ones that remains are interested in building this country. By continuing to reject the hand of friendship offered to you, you just start another process of racisism. Can't you accept the peacefull transistion that transpired or do you want push untill a civil war errupts. (Will that satisfy you?) Personally, as a whitey, I think that Zuma wasn't a bad president at all. I think that he was just handed a sour deal to sort out problems that he inherrited from his predecessor. The intolerance to bad service did not start when he entered into office. It was already at breaking point then. Whatever the outcome of this elections will be acceptable to me (and all of the people that I call my friends). I strongly believe that the majority of voters in this country do not wish to repeat the mistakes of our predecessors. You will clearly see this in the voting numbers of the extremistic parties. Please join us to focus our energy in combating external threads - Like the global economic decline and the rising unemployment.

      Zigs - 2011-05-20 21:29

      Yup Zakhele..As a Whitey I asked a ANC representitive when my black workers is going to recieve water in their community and his reply was " because of Aparteid they do not have water!!" I said Really, the ANC was not able to provide their own people water in 16 years?? He said it they will have water before 2014! Really? I said "they have to wait another 3 years!!! So, see your black DA representitive as somebody that really wants to make the difference without thinking about color. Maybe she is just someone that understand these issues better to improve what the party can deliver.

  • Kumbuza - 2011-05-19 08:07

    The people have spoken. Long live ANC long live

  • karl.wortmann - 2011-05-19 08:09

    "Shortly after 04:00 on Thursday, the Independent Electoral Commission had counted 3 111 329 votes cast by 937 209 voters." Does not compute... I only got to vote once (well, two pieces of paper) I think I should have voted 3 times, judging by these numbers o_o

      Felix - 2011-05-19 08:26

      I got three papers?

      R@1nz - 2011-05-19 08:58

      To my knowledge you should receive up to three papers to vote depending if you voted at the correct registered station, thus three votes max.. but stil this does not add up since there are more votes than possible voters.?

  • munchkin.ross - 2011-05-19 08:26

    Since the Western Cape has secured the DA, they are not going back, and the surrounding provinces are following suit. It's just a matter of time until Gauteng realises that the anc are just after the monay and power. PS: for those that did not vote, do not complain about the way the governemt is running things.

      Fred - 2011-05-19 09:57

      I did NOT vote, because, sadly, the ANC does NOT believe in democracy! If 60% of all South Africans voted DA or COPE or IFP, then our country would become another Zimbabwe -- the ruling party do believe that it is their God given right to rule forever -- the result will be mass action, land grabbing, more anti-white, black/coloured-traitor hate speeches, and we South Africa would become the next Zimbabwe.... Politics is't the answer -- only God can change our selfishness into true love for each other! God bless South Africa, Fred, Somerset West

  • MadeInSA - 2011-05-19 08:31

    Of the 3 111 329 there were 57 515 spoilt votes and 3 053 814 valid votes. That's a large number of 'spoilt votes' I would like more details on that.

  • peter - 2011-05-19 09:22

    Refer Nathi123 - This tells me everything about your personality: "ur[sic] artitude[sic] of thinking Black[sic] people who vote ANC are stupid and blind is not gona[sic] get u[sic] anywhere! U[sic] r[sic] waisting[sic] ur[sic] time Ou Baas"

  • carjan - 2011-05-19 09:42

    Let the 58% live with what they have voted for!

  • caprih - 2011-05-19 09:55

    @Nathi... I am one of you, and what a wake up call it was to actually realise it is us whoa re stupid to think the ANC will ever have our best interest at heart..they here to steal our money and those of South Africa,so you must wake up as you have a huge problem with your eyes...

  • Bismuth - 2011-05-19 10:19

    It is simple, really. Anyone who didn't vote, essentially voted ANC, and deserve what they get if the ANC wins.

  • andrew.pottow - 2011-05-19 11:26

    "Shortly after 04:00 on Thursday, the Independent Electoral Commission had counted 3 111 329 votes cast by 937 209 voters." A slight anomaly wouldn't you say?

      Willem - 2011-05-19 12:07

      Don't forget the comment: "This was based on 583 889 votes cast by 197 385 voters in the province". From the above content, it suggests that some voters were extremely busy yesterday. :-)

      JayJay61 - 2011-05-19 22:15

      @Willem, I was wondering the same thing.

  • Willem - 2011-05-19 11:26

    What I like about this country is that there is a place for everybody. We made world-class history when we changed our dispensation peacefully. It is just a shame that certain individuals (using this forum) continue to call others degrading names/attributes which they do not consider as their kind. Please refrain from doing so because you spoil the environment that I call my home!

  • JayJay61 - 2011-05-19 22:14

    Ward 74802011 has nine registered voters? Must be a comfortable seat for whoever wins that one. Does he/she earn the same Councillor salary as one who has to contest for 15000 votes? And then work for them?

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