Pretoria - The ANC took 2.2 million votes
(78.93%) in Mpumalanga, according to the final results of Wednesday's municipal
poll released by the Independent Electoral Commission on Friday.
The Democratic Alliance followed with 387 756
votes (13.79%), and the Congress of the People trailed at 32 222 votes (1.15%).
The African People's Convention garnered 24 765
A total of 2.9 million ballots were cast -
two ballots per voter, one for ward councillors and another for proportional
Of the 1.7 million registered voters, 960 745
people made their mark.
In the Balfour municipality in Mpumalanga -
the site of violent service delivery protests over the past three years - the
ANC took 19 683 votes (59.82%).
The balance went largely to the DA with 4645
votes (14.12%), Cope with 3378 votes (10.27%) and the Socialist Civic Movement
with 2897 votes (8.81%).
There were 2 766 spoilt votes. Altogether 12 076
of the 19 683 registered voters cast their ballots.
In the Emalahleni Municipality - which DA
leader Helen Zille promised to fix in five years while on the campaign trail -
the ANC took the largest chunk of votes, 189 936 (71.65%), while the DA garnered
66 451 votes (25.07%).
No other party received more than one percent
of the vote in the municipality, which also saw service delivery protests ahead
of the polls.