Election results start trickling in

2011-05-18 22:00

Johannesburg - Results in South Africa's fourth democratic municipal elections starting trickling in on Wednesday evening after a long but mainly smooth voting day.

The first results for the local government elections arrived from a tiny ward in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg, about an hour and a half after voting stations closed at 19:00. The result: ANC 4, DA 3.

Independent Electoral Commission chief electoral officer Pansy Tlakula said Ward 74802011 had nine registered voters, of which seven had cast their ballots.

The African National Congress won 57% of the vote - or four votes - and the Democratic Alliance 43% - or three votes.

The only voting stations still open were those where voters had queued up before the 19:00 deadline arrived.

"Everybody who were in the queue by 19:00 will be assisted," said IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela.

The IEC said throughout the day that voting was proceeding well overall, with all but one of the 20 859 voting stations open by 09:30.


Glitches occurred at some places, with the main issues being too few or faulty ID scanners, voting stations not opening on time, reports of intimidation and the burning down of an election tent at a ward outside Bloemfontein in the Free State.

All eyes were on the Democratic Alliance-led Cape Town and the closely contested Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape, while the Inkatha Freedom Party battled it out with its breakaway party, the National Freedom Party, in Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal.

The latter was one of the "problem areas", where three people - two of the IFP and one of the NFP - were arrested for allegedly intimidating each other, while five people were arrested for allegedly attacking an African National Congress ward candidate in KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal.

President Jacob Zuma voted in his home village Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal, confident that the ANC would "surprise many".

"I am very optimistic because we have made serious advances," said Zuma.

DA leader Helen Zille cast her vote early at Rondebosch in Cape Town, before visiting Nelson Mandela Bay, where some analysts believe the DA could give the ANC a run for its money.

Ballot papers

Zille laid a complaint with the IEC after her visit, saying she had spotted some voters being given only one ballot paper, instead of two.

"It was highly suspicious," said Zille, urging voters to let her know if it had happened to them.

"When I pointed this out to the IEC they got a terrible fright and said it shouldn't be like this," said Zille.

One ballot paper is to vote for a political party, while the second ballot paper is to vote for a ward councillor.

In the Free State, two presiding officers were fired after the one borrowed ballot papers from his friend at a neighbouring voting station.

Free State IEC head Chris Mepha said the presiding officer of a voting station in the Dihlabeng municipality (Bethlehem) ran out of ballot papers and ran across the road to borrow papers from his "friend" next door.

"We do not do that. We do not train them to do that," Mepha said in Bloemfontein.

Spoilt ballots

He said 97 spoilt ballot papers were retrieved from the voting station after the incident was discovered. "Both [IEC personnel] are gone now."

This was not Bloemfontein's only election problem. At Phase 7 Tuckshop, near Bloemfontein, where a voting station tent was burnt down overnight, the voter turnout was low because of intimidation, Mepha said.

But on Wednesday evening, the attention turned from voting to counting at the IEC results centre in Pretoria, where the ANC was confident of a good show.

ANC election head Fikile Mbalula said the ruling party was not perturbed by the intense campaigning before the elections.

"We are not scared, we are actually happy that other parties were campaigning in the manner they were campaigning. This is in our blood, we are used to it, it's in our DNA," said Mbalula.

"What we can say is that we are confident of an overwhelming victory."

  • Fox5190 - 2011-05-18 22:09

    Interesting views on a UCT-based website..

      windkind - 2011-05-18 22:40

      The guy is an ignoramus that wrote that. If you think it's an interesting viewpoint, then you are equally ignorant. Another UCT Political Science loser trying to be relevant and failing miserably.

      pd - 2011-05-18 22:57

      Which brings me to my next issue. Complaints about the ANC should be made with consideration to what the party has achieved from a positive perspective too. We have an independent and free press, excellent judicial systems and have managed to perform admirably on an economic level too. Excellent judicial sytem that put Zuma's crony (Shaky) in jail for corruption (for have a corrupt relationship with Zuma), but let him go scott free. Joy call that a justice system free from politics? Further more, the ANC is alsy trying to restrict the freedom of the press through legislation. Come on. Is your professor an idiot?

      Capt. Murphy - 2011-05-18 23:17

      Fail! I sincerely hope that the individual that wrote that "article" isn't aiming for a career in politics. Actually... scrap that! I sincerely hope he doesn't even attempt to breathe and walk at the same time in public for that matter, someone might get hurt...

      Larro - 2011-05-19 06:49

      He's a student - say no more. As the saying goes, all children are socialists until they go to work, then a capitalist from that point on.

      Bhavya - 2011-05-19 10:34

      awful, self-involved article.

      Tbla - 2011-05-19 10:36

      great article thought provoking as well.

  • Chang Yi - 2011-05-18 22:09

    So Zille is jumping up and down like a little girl at the IEC Nerve center as the early results indicate win for DA...Lets see how long she will jump for? I can't wait really....she will probably call Lindiwe to rescue her from that building when ANC will take the lead...

      objective1 - 2011-05-18 22:18

      thanks to you.. another ashamed ANC supporter, closet DA voter... Welcome to change....

      Democrat - 2011-05-18 22:19

      Four people out of seven in Randfontein? Wow!! What an overwhelming victory! There are nearly 50 million people in South Africa so this result is a non entity!!

      Jack - 2011-05-18 22:28

      pathetic comment.

      Christo - 2011-05-18 22:32

      Chang, what i cannot fathom is how anyone could even think that the DA could win any election,like the Anc same as with the National Party , whites voted it in till "the last man standing" ,the ANC supporters will stand by their party until the last brick is demolished in this country , just like Zim,its like I said before even if all the registered Anc voters stay at home they will still win, democracy = oppression of minority races worldwide fullstop. It is a system liberally and cunningly applied but essentially based on the majority of one race to oppress all other minority races,therefore ,democracy = Racisim.

      Teal - 2011-05-18 22:36

      No one has ever said the ANC won't get the majority (including Zille at the IEC Nerve Center) deaf dumba$$. What people are suggesting is that the DA are going to take a nice fat chunk out of the ANC, and the ANC will continue to die slowly as it has been over the last 7 years. If you have any balls, tell me how much seats the DA has lost to the ANC since 2004.(facts only please, none of your second-hand Malema rhetoric)

      Brieuse - 2011-05-18 22:42

      So Chang Yi doesn't think it is wrong to only hand out part of the ballot papers.

      Ron - 2011-05-18 22:42

      I will answer for you ..., DA have only gained every time..see not so difficult,,,so Chang Yi or what ever say somehing now.

      Bob - 2011-05-19 01:00

      Christo, can't agree with you more re democracy

      Gatvol - 2011-05-19 01:04

      No body said the DA is going to win all municipalities or win as many of them as the ANC you idiot. For me I rather go for quality over quantity. The ANC is losing power to the DA. That has got your ANC comrades quite worried. You can send them a box of tissues.

      Nunya - 2011-05-19 07:00


      WhoGivesAshi - 2011-05-19 11:56

      Chang Yi why don`t you go back to the country you came from, we don`t need idiots like you here.

      Thandi - 2011-05-19 13:46

      Zille is jumping up and down because her biggest supporter 'Julius Malema' has done the DA so proud. Think about it - how many people has that pig-headed lard-assed bigot chased away from the ANCorruption.

  • tokoloshe - 2011-05-18 22:27

    Woohoo DA in the lead out of all the municipalities!!!!!! Exciting stuff!! Hellen Zille will be the next president because she deilvers and everyone knows!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      SeanJ - 2011-05-18 22:32

      how is the DA in the lead? they have 43%?

      objective1 - 2011-05-18 22:43

      The DA need not win out right... they are able to cooperate with other parties... The anc are screwed if they dont win out right cause then they have to share the rigged tenders etc... and they dont share

  • objective1 - 2011-05-18 22:32

    they like... its early still in the counting... i guess the DA votes floated to the top yhea right.. hahah the ANC (A National Catastrophe) is sh1tting big bricks...

      smooccch - 2011-05-18 23:08

      it's not over till a fat lady sings and for now she didn't. so hang on lad

      objective1 - 2011-05-18 23:29

      until she does zummmma is crapping ll

  • Yellow1 - 2011-05-18 22:40

    You guys are a joke, you still have many stations which ahs many voters yet to submit results and we all know what those will say. Keep dreaming, but please don't get nightmares.

      objective1 - 2011-05-18 22:49

      haha admit it... no other elections has the anc lost so many votes... if there are so many anc votes, why when the counters dip into the boxes are there so many DA and other party votes? Cause the people have lost faith... the nightmare has already begun for yellow1.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-18 23:58

      ObjectiveW, let's talk on Friday if that's okay with you. Please don't disappeare.

      objective1 - 2011-05-19 00:04

      i can assure you i wont cause the anc has proven they cant deliver.. the people will make the logical choice.. vote for someone else.. The DA will continue to do good work.. this is true now and will be true in 20 years time.

  • pd - 2011-05-18 23:12

    Why don't all the ANC diehards check out the following interactive map of the results so far? All the blue bits on the map are where DA is in the lead. Only two yellow regions so far. LOL

  • fbyr - 2011-05-18 23:15

    The DA wards are obviously the first to get their ballots counted because they're the wards where things actually work. Percentage will go down as the days go on but holding thumbs.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-18 23:59

      Corrections, its because there are fewer voters there.

      tonykzn - 2011-05-19 00:01

      Good point, fbyr. That's probably a very accurate assessment.

      ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-19 01:29

      It is interesting the high percentage of votes already declared in the Western Cape as opposed to the rest of the country. Another hint as to how much more efficiently things are done in DA strongholds

  • larry.llr - 2011-05-18 23:15

    why dont they show us the election results as they come in, ward by ward? everyone is just repeating themselves ad nauseum...

      pd - 2011-05-18 23:22

      Larry, unfortunately it is still early in the counting process. We probably have to wait untill Friday morning for proper results

  • Drewka - 2011-05-18 23:17

    This election is NOT about winning for the DA, it's about turning the ship. South Africa is NOT Zimbabwe, here we have opposition that aren’t afraid to take on the government, and in a few years’ time people would see a different party thats in charge. And to you Chinaman, think you should go play with your little dragons in Beijing!!

  • thetruth - 2011-05-18 23:24

    its not surprising to note from reading the above comments of how some of the fair skinned citizens still don't see beyond skin colour...some of the naive comments from the same ppl that have read the article on the UCT based website...but on the other hand u need to be intelligent to comment in a respectable manner irrespective of ur loyalties...looks like the education budget needs to be spread across the board...

      pd - 2011-05-18 23:29

      the "truth", do I have a webcam, that you can see my skin colour?

      objective1 - 2011-05-18 23:56

      @thetruth... there is no cure for stupidity or racism. ...not surprising to note from reading the above comments of how some of the fair skinned citizens still... since the first thing you check is colour so hence that is your focus.

      Gwyn - 2011-05-19 06:06

      Who is the racist now? I don't care what colour you are but if you are stupid you are stupid and there is a cure for that.

  • Daniel123 - 2011-05-18 23:32

    DA is leading in Cape Town with 93,26% of the votes counted.

      objective1 - 2011-05-18 23:36

      Zumma us hurriedly stuffing boxes and give mall-emmer a kick to do it faster.. huffing over that madam hahah

      Lestor - 2011-05-18 23:41

      Not that I want to jinx it but its still very early days in the counting.

      nataliedutoit - 2011-05-19 05:03

      Now who would burn a voting tent down?

  • Thukza - 2011-05-18 23:34

    Cope is still alive . I am happy.

      objective1 - 2011-05-18 23:59

      me too

  • thetruth - 2011-05-18 23:39

    @ pd if the cap fits,wear it........

      pd - 2011-05-18 23:49

      I am not even going to try to respond. I have read too much drivil on this site. Most of it insulting my intelligence.

  • braveinternetguy - 2011-05-18 23:45

    ..."were arrested for allegedly intimidating each other..." I burst out laughing when I read this part!

  • Michael - 2011-05-18 23:56

    That idiot who wrote that article is not going in for politics, he going for the presidency. They don't need to know anything about politics to become the president. All they need to learn is how to give hate speech and wangle the books. Zum Zum's son Malema is already trying to think up the next Bloob, Bloob.

  • thetruth - 2011-05-19 00:00

    @ pd honestly thats not what i alluded to or even mean...all i am saying is that why dont we look past colour and party alliances...why do we insult ppl,politicians,parties and each S AFRICANS we can at least criticize in a mature manner...and saying that ,award credit where it is due...the ANC has done tons of good for the nation,but thats not mentioned...PS :I'M NON-BLACK

      pd - 2011-05-19 00:21

      The truth, I am not black either, and I don't see black, white, colourd, green, yellow, etc. I have been reading the comments on this site, and hate some of it. Calling people trolls, etc. All I want is a free society where we all can live in harmony togeather. A proper democratic society where the jodiciary is seperate from state, and freedom of speach, assosiation and the press. And where the state does not intervere with thes institutions. And a judge from the supreme, or constitutional court is above the president of the country. Where even the president, or future president is not above the law. He/she is just as accountable for his/her actions as I (Joe Sope) is.

      Krolie - 2011-05-19 07:07

      @pd. Well said. I agree fullheartedly!

  • Janine - 2011-05-19 00:02

    City of Cape Town - 846 votes counted - DA 93.26%

      objective1 - 2011-05-19 00:13

      lets make two countries.. Blue SA and Yellow SA... we will see where all the people will move... The Blue SA will be top in the world and the yellow SA will be at the bottom... lol hypothetically...

      pd - 2011-05-19 00:27

      another million to go.

  • thetruth - 2011-05-19 00:21

    @ objective1 consider maybe having a red(hell) section as well where we can boot u to...FOOL

      objective1 - 2011-05-19 00:24

      no need... there is already the yellow one for that...

      pd - 2011-05-19 00:29

      the truth, reading some of the comments from other people on this site, I feel as if we are living in two countries. One for "them" and on for "us". I thaught we were all living in South Africa. Probably my mistake.

      ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-19 01:35

      We already have a section prepared for you, and damn it's hot down here

  • Daniel123 - 2011-05-19 02:41

    DA leading in Port Elizabeth with 64% votes counted. It's going to be close.

  • veebot - 2011-05-19 03:16


  • nataliedutoit - 2011-05-19 05:08

    Now why would somebody burn down a voting tent?

      anned - 2011-05-19 06:51

      just because they can.

  • Gwyn - 2011-05-19 06:00

    And in my ward no 99 there was no ramp at Linden High School for the wheelchair voters!! Every time a wheelchair arrived from the local quadriplegic home the IEC volunteers had to carry the chairs up the steps. Brilliant planning IEC.

  • googoodude - 2011-05-19 06:50

    Grow Up Chang Yi!

  • Larro - 2011-05-19 07:00

    Wow, comparing the interactive map of 2006 and 2011 - there is a LOT less yellow that's for sure - but it IS going to take a few days for ANC run areas to count and then alter the votes.

  • Wayne - 2011-05-19 07:16

    ANC are crapping themselves. That two thirds majority is becoming a thing of the past. The DA are breathing down the ANC's sweaty necks and the next step is without doubt to overtake and drag South Africa BACK into the 21st Century.

  • hellomoto - 2011-05-19 07:44

    DA sitting close NICE!!!!!!!!!!! its time the majority gets some competition.. Why is that ... hmmmm too afraid to say... Some South africans are too sensitive! and will call me racist!

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  • Justin Links - 2011-05-19 09:10

    Like expected the DA is well in the lead in the Western Cape. Just don't understand how ANC can still overpower votes in Northern Cape in places like Springbok? Maybe that is the problem. Maybe that is why the Northern Cape is so far behind with everything in compared to the Western Cape and others. Bad management. Vote for the DA next time.

  • Salomé - 2011-05-19 10:58

    I have serious concerns and would like any party to take this up. Just after 10:00 I got to the voting station, only to be told that the Ballot paper were not enough and that they asked for more to be delivered. When I ask how it is possible, since they know in each area exactly how many voters they have, I was told that they took the amount of people who registered in March. Well I am sure that you could not register again if you were already registered. My concern, how sure are we that the extra papers were not completed by a spesific party? and please do not tell me that it is not possible because why on earth could they not deliver the amount of ballot papers equal to the number of voters in an area?

  • ilitirit - 2011-05-19 11:17

    View results here:

  • owen.mshengu.sharif - 2011-05-19 14:17

    Elections - Democratic ones at least a true outcome of how the country is thinking (leaning) It's up to us - all South Africans to summarise our wins and losses and ask why so? Did we do enough or was it mere apathy on many that changed outcomes - from the present as opposed to the past. If you live in SA (remain connected to it) love the country and our rainbow nation - then it is incumbent upon us to (not only) take an active part in any political process - but become part of the solution through daily actions - not just tjank behind all white or all black doors and bemoan that which we disagree with. Give credence to one's intelligence and observe, understand and know what is happening - transpiring. Unless you become pro-active - you are wasting - disqualifying your person ...

      Fox5190 - 2011-05-19 14:23

      Brilliant comment - though you should except a negative response if people do manage to scroll all the way down here.

  • TrueElement - 2011-05-19 19:21

    The ANC was exactly what this country needed seventeen yeas ago, but it is now time for South-Africans to move ahead. We have the freedom and the right to seek a happy successful future. And it is my opinion that at this stage we will be able to find that future with the DA. We should not get stuck in fear that moving away from the ANC would lead to oppression (those days are over). We should seek to broaden our horizons.

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