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Some votes being recounted - IEC

2011-05-20 14:19

Pretoria - The ANC maintained its lead in the top spot as results for the 2011 municipal election continued to trickle in on Friday.

After 97.1% of the voting districts had been counted the party's support stood at 61.9%, giving it 5 214 council seats nationally.

The Democratic Alliance took 1 396 seats nationally thus far, receiving 24.1% support.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission, some votes were being recounted. Further information was not immediately available.

According to eNews, votes from 20 voting stations in the Western Cape are being recounted.

The number of votes won by the ANC was just over 21 million and seven million for the DA.

The Inkatha Freedom Party's support stood at 3.95% or 1.3 million votes, followed by a break-away party from its own ranks, the National Freedom Party, which garnered 842 168 votes (2.55%).

The Congress of the People obtained 788 314 votes (2.38%).

Abuzz with activity


By 13:00 on Friday, the results centre in Pretoria was abuzz with activity.

ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema visited causing a flurry among journalists vying for a few words from him.

ANC national executive committee members Tony Yengeni and Jessie Duarte were also present, as was party head of campaigns and Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula.

Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel was also at the centre.

Most party leaders sat in IEC allocated spaces and monitored the results as they came in.

DA leader Helen Zille was present at the centre for most of the morning, also staring at the results computer screen, doing interviews and chatting to other politicians.

President Jacob Zuma was expected to visit the centre later.

Comments
  • Mad man - 2011-05-20 14:28

    recounting Cape Town as every one knows results were flawed there. Good one IEC

      ghost - 2011-05-20 14:32

      please keep retarded comments to yourself

      Felix - 2011-05-20 14:42

      Good sarcasm...

      Foofaraw - 2011-05-20 14:45

      @Mad man; You are probably use to corruption and foul play, go figures as it is clear who you voted for, but that does not mean that when the BEST party won there was foul play.

      paulf - 2011-05-20 14:47

      I think they should recount PE while they at it.

      MadeInSA - 2011-05-20 14:57

      The only flawed thing is your thinking Mad man. For once, could you please not let blind hatred dictate your life.

      karabo - 2011-05-20 15:16

      Mad Man, you must improve your reading skills, the reason they are recounting it is because they do not have the results slips, meaning the IEC has not reported on the results, how is something we do not kow flawed

      sparkster - 2011-05-20 15:17

      Mad man does mind pot holes, he has one between his legs!!

      Kevin King - 2011-05-20 15:25

      @ Ghost: Let's also give the mentally challenged a chance, let's not discriminate.

      KB - 2011-05-20 15:29

      ANC R desparate to get the DA numbers down arnt they?????????

      Pfffft - 2011-05-20 16:58

      Mad man, you are dead right. They are removing the crooked anc votes. Now the DA will win by an even bigger margin.

      World Traveler - 2011-05-20 17:01

      @mad dog ... If you have to have the last word, please make it something good, not a wimpish whimper.

  • Pat - 2011-05-20 14:32

    1994 Nats – 20,4 percent - 2011 DA – 24,1 percent – 3000 ANC kaput? ROLL ON THE AFRICAN DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE (ADA) The 2011 municipal elections are over and the soothsayers are sounding, the DA’s parliamentary leader Anthony Trollip, has confidently predicted the demise of the smaller parties. "This election will spell the end of smaller parties and it is now clear, that the race in future will be between the ANC and DA, with the Cope in a distant third place.” The shrewder political analysts see a different role for Cope, as not just an ineffectual “distant third” but a vibrant partner to the DA, in a truly African party named the AFRICAN DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE (ADA). Helen Zille opted to play the 1994 De Klerk race card in the Cape, so after seventeen years of opposition the support remains static at around 20 percent, like her predecessor Zille is incapable of attracting black voters. Outside of Cape Town the DA failed to win any major city, so if the DA aspire to a national role they need the Cope, whose support is spread throughout the provinces so Cope could provide a national footprint. Helen Zille would also do well to pay her respects to Zanele Magwaza-Msibi of the National Freedom Party, the determinedly ethnic parties like Zulu Inkatha and the Afrikaner Freedom Front, have both gone backwards which is the death knell in politics.

      Juggernaut - 2011-05-20 16:00

      Good insight Pat

      Andy - 2011-05-20 16:05

      24% is a massive increase in votes (Compared to 16% last time), considering the amount of people that voted this time round and how agressive the ANC were with their campaigns.

      Pat - 2011-05-21 17:38

      2011 municipal elections are done and dusted and the soothsayers are sounding, the Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader who is named Helen’s Trollip, has predicted the demise of smaller parties. "This election will spell the end of smaller parties and it is now clear, that the race in future will be between the ANC and DA, with the Cope in a distant third place.” Yet the shrewder political analysts see a different role for Cope, not just an ineffectual “distant third” but a vibrant partner to the DA, one hopes that Helen’s Trollip will be courageous enough to point this out to his madam. The press of course have gone ga-ga over the “massive increase” in DA support, but in 2014 Helen Zille is going to need more then newspaper hyperbole, if you study the figures closely you can see what happened. It’s true that the DA gained 8 percent since 2009 elections, but the ANC only lost 4 percent, so half of the DA gains were from opposition parties. The DA are not weakening the ruling ANC but rather playing musical chairs with the opposition, the DA “massive increase” to 24% is only 3% up from what the Nats obtained in 1994, so it looks like the mid twenties is the DA limit which is not much of an opposition. The only way to seriously challenge the dominant ANC, is for the opposition to consolidate in an African Democratic Alliance (ADA), the voting pattern tells you that blacks perceive the DA to be a white orientated party. Possibly because the DA leadership resembles a sight screen on a cricket pitch, or could it be because the DA leader injects her face with Borax to make her skin whiter. Helen Zille is the wrong person to lead a combined African Democratic Alliance, Patricia De Lille would be a far better option as ADA leader, while Terror Lekota has now proved he is the true Cope leader and would be a valuable addition to ADA. Consider that outside of Cape Town the DA failed to win any major city, so if the DA aspire to a truly national role in politics, they will need more cards than they currently hold. The Cope support is spread throughout the provinces, so Cope could provide a combined African Democratic Alliance with a national footprint, while Helen Zille would do well to pay her respects to Chief Buthelezi. He has received a klap from Zanele Magwaza-Msibi of the National Freedom Party, so the Chief may be interested in a pow-wow with the DA, given the spread of the election results coalitions are the new game in town.

      Pat - 2011-05-22 12:14

      CLEVER WOMAN News 24 - On Friday, DA leader Helen Zille told City Press that her party was ¬preparing to govern South Africa after the 2019 national election, by which time “in all probability” it would be led by a black leader

  • Bosmonster - 2011-05-20 14:32

    and what about Ekhuruleni

      Lefty - 2011-05-20 14:41

      Nope..they will recount CT and Midvaal. ANC is IEC or IEC is ANC...oh well.. Get the UN to oversee the next election. DA will win handsdown as intimidation will also be minimized if the UN is on guard.

      MadeInSA - 2011-05-20 14:58

      Good question

  • Manimal - 2011-05-20 14:33

    one...too...eish!...no man!....recount!!!!

      Juggernaut - 2011-05-20 16:02

      Brilliant!

  • apie - 2011-05-20 14:40

    Not a word is mentioned about the officials caught in Despatch by Zille herself only handing out one ballot slip to voters? Did Zille imagine it or has she forgiven them? ANC are a bunch of crooks.

      MadeInSA - 2011-05-20 15:08

      @Mad man Why the personal insults the whole time? Lack of a better argument or trying to take attention away from your own stupidity? Its extremely immature.

      sparkster - 2011-05-20 15:15

      Mad man has eight toes and one testicle.Dont be so hard on him!

  • marguerite - 2011-05-20 14:45

    Let them recount Western Cape over and over and over.. it should keep them busy and out of trouble. Results there will, however, remain unchanged...

      tammi2day - 2011-05-20 20:50

      Much, I imagine, like service delivery will remain unchanged for those whose loyalty to a once all-inclusive party (ANC) remained unchanged despite the failure of this (non)government to deliver! This is a great opportunity for the DA to show that it can manage 17 municipalities as well as it managed 6, and that it CAN and WILL make a difference to those Saffers who want better, safer, cleaner and healthier lives! Viva DA Viva!!

  • craig - 2011-05-20 14:48

    errr err err, i only did that standaaad 1 I dont know how to count, eish.

  • paulf - 2011-05-20 14:49

    Thye seem to be so obsessed with the WC, I wonder why???

      MadeInSA - 2011-05-20 15:07

      Because the WC gives people something to compare the rest of the country to. When they look there they see a clean city which is well governed and happy people. It reflects badly upon the ANC and the shabby job they're doing in the rest of the country.

      Bosmonster - 2011-05-20 15:08

      to give snoek with the chips in 2014

      Jeff - 2011-05-20 15:16

      Simply WC is under the rule of racists! ANC wants to free the people of WC

      realist101 - 2011-05-20 15:25

      @jeff, dont let me use foul language on this friday afternoon please, as i might use some extreme words in afrikaans to discribe private parts of female family members you have. we are not racist in WC due to fighting it the right party won! (the DA)

      watercloset - 2011-05-20 17:21

      Hey Jeff, in case you are confused Julius Malema is not ruling the western cape. Julius is the racist we evaded.

      BigD - 2011-05-21 07:27

      @jeff. What a stupid comment. Dont you think you have played the race card enough allready. The record has broken and that showed in these elections. the anc will have to think up something constructive for next election, maybe something like good service delivery, jailed many corrupt officials, get a leader with some foresight, provide service delivery etc.

  • MM - 2011-05-20 15:01

    The DA's 'win' is going to be sooooo short-lived....The resolution on provinces in 2012 is clear, we need only five provinces i.e. Highveld, Mpumalanga, Natal, Free State and Cape...lets hear the insult then from the 'educated' voters

      jwill - 2011-05-20 15:24

      So, let me get this right: the only way the ANC can "take" back Cape Town is if they go back to the system that the white man had (only a few provinces). Interesting.....ironic hahahhahaha Seriously dude, get a life.

      realist101 - 2011-05-20 15:27

      i guess you call yourself an educated voter then?

      Darkwing Duck - 2011-05-20 15:30

      To what end? What good are you doing with the provinces the ANC wins? As far as I can see there is only one party fighting for true service delivery, and it's not the ANC! Each province the ANC wins is a bitter defeat for those poor and disadvantaged citizens the ANC claims to be interested in, since they will continue to experience low service delivery and no upliftment in their lives. The 60+% pro DA votes from Khayelitsha shows what a difference the DA has made in the lives of those who previously never new what they could have until they experienced better service delivery from the DA.

      MM - 2011-05-20 16:23

      Darkwing Duck, tell me about this difference in Khayelitsha? have you ever been there?

      watercloset - 2011-05-20 17:13

      I think it is a great idea to cbine the Cape Into one province. Simple maths tell me that based on the results the DA would then control both provinces.

      BigD - 2011-05-21 07:29

      yes, that is true. because the cape will become a country on its own. the rest of south africa will be destroyed by the anc.

  • Mike - 2011-05-20 15:09

    i hope to hell there is a recount in Ekurhuleni ...... losing by 23 votes! , the difference between potholes and none ..... amongst other things!

  • Jeff - 2011-05-20 15:17

    There is nothing wrong with recount of votes, its called transparency, why people are sceptic?

      realist101 - 2011-05-20 15:30

      there is nothing wrong with recounting, it is their right to call for it, but why have they not started the recount for Ekurhuleni then?

      tammi2day - 2011-05-20 20:56

      You are right Jeff, there is nothing wrong with recounting the votes IF it is not just a ploy to either increase employment of cadres for a few more days and IF there is a genuine need for a recount. In the areas where the difference is negligible, by all means, go ahead and check that the votes were correctly counted - it could make the difference of an area getting a GREAT DA councillor or an uncaring, "let me line my pocket and be as corrupt as possible while doing nothing for the people who 'hehe' elected me" ANC councillor. Where the difference is so huge that no amount of recounting could ever see the result being overturned, well aren't we just hoping and wishing and being bad sports?

  • Derek - 2011-05-20 15:17

    Interestingly if Cope and the IFP hadn't imploded not to mention a brand new NFP the Anc may well have been just above the 50% mark

  • ZumaDooma - 2011-05-20 15:18

    Why would jorno's flurry for a word from Julius? Who gives a crap what that dimwit has to say. The scary part is, his president of the ANCYL. Makes you wonder what bigger idiots are in the youth league (ANC voters that's who)

  • Phutie - 2011-05-20 15:26

    I can see a whole who supports DA are hoping they will get 50% after the recounts.Hee heee,keep dreaming this is Africa not Europe blacks shall rule until the end of time.VIVA ANC VIVA

      timmy123 - 2011-05-20 15:38

      you are obviously not getting it! a political party should serve the people of its country... It should have nothing to do with race. Did you know that the DA leader was one of the biggest activists fighting against racial discrimination... I see so many service delivery protests, and then the next week those same people go and vote for the ANC. Phutie, you and these protestors (if they still voted ANC) are obviously misinformed about what a government is supposed to do.

      michael.grundling - 2011-05-20 15:47

      You right Phutie. The end of time for the ANC is near!!

      tammi2day - 2011-05-20 21:04

      Phutie wrote:" I can see a whole who supports DA are hoping they will get 50% after the recounts.Hee heee,keep dreaming this is Africa not Europe blacks shall rule until the end of time.VIVA ANC VIVA" Phutie - I can see a HOLE too... namely the missing words! Must be you got your excellent education from the ANC government who have promised free education for 17 years but who are yet to deliver.... or maybe they are only doing part deliveries (like their service deliveries)... If you are lucky, next time you might receive the missing words!! LOL!! On a more serious note... do you know that the rapture starts at 6pm PMT (California, USA) and so the end of time is near!! Or if you chose to NOT believe that idea, consider how the ANC has destroyed SA in the past 17 years..., consider how much the SA government has sold out to the Chinese... AGAIN, the END OF (SA's) TIME is getting nearer. Enjoy your racial superiority while it lasts, when the little yellow people get here you won't have quite as much to say, I'm sure!!

  • mhpheiffer - 2011-05-20 15:31

    I don't get this, I thought there were 24million registered voter, where did the extra 6m come from, or were some people (probably non tax payers) given the opportunity to vote twice?!

  • boxer1266 - 2011-05-20 15:42

    Recount Tshwane and Joburg!The ANC motivates people to vote for them on the basis of fear - not service delivery! This is what the ANC campaign was based on! This wont last long! Soon we will see service delivery protest again by the very same people who voted for the ANC out of fear of the "racist whites" yet they have now become the "racist blacks"! My right to choose to go to work when the very same people who now voted for the ANC protest in the streets will not be impeded by them who voted for the ANC! If the law does not enforce my rights I will enforce it myself! ANC Supporters - lets see if the ANC can satisfy your service delivery problems over the next 2 years. They have not be been able to do so over the last 15 years! Just ask those in "kakstad" where toilets are still not enclosed! Continue to vote on racial lines and we will end up with "kakland"!

  • Bantu - 2011-05-20 15:52

    ANC's support stood at 61.9%. 'standing ovation' and congratulations to the ANC. Now lets get back to work and thank our people by the quality and quantity of service we deliver to them.

  • Sgtsa - 2011-05-20 16:06

    Recount Jhb City, DA had that in the bag.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-20 16:09

    They can't believe that, even with crooking, they cannot win in the Western Cape. So the try once more. Go back to mugabe for some more lessons.

  • jvl - 2011-05-20 16:11

    18 May 2011 - Fourth Democratic Municipal Elections. More than 23 million registered voters will have the opportunity on Wednesday to elect their municipal councillors in South Africa's fourth democratic municipal elections The number of votes won by the ANC was just over 21 million and seven million for the DA. The Inkatha Freedom Party's support stood at 3.95% or 1.3 million votes, followed by a break-away party from its own ranks, the National Freedom Party, which garnered 842 168 votes (2.55%). It doesn't add up more people voted then were registered?

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-20 16:58

      The IEC had a few million extra ballot papers printed. The ANC probably filled these out before the election, and they were included in the total.

      watercloset - 2011-05-20 17:16

      Does smell of Zanu PF politics but i am sure Patricia is there iwth a hawk eye. They can count as often as they like, the ANC will still lose.

  • Oupa - 2011-05-20 16:24

    What prompted the recount. Why isolate the Western Cape? Something is fishy here.

      tammi2day - 2011-05-20 21:06

      The ANC believe that they should have got more.... you know the Mantra "Give, give, give".

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-20 17:00

    @mad dog ... If you have to have the last word, please make it something good, not a wimpish whimper.

  • Ai! Ai! - 2011-05-20 17:02

    Please supply Jeff with a brain.

      tammi2day - 2011-05-20 21:06

      What would be the point of that, he wouldn't know how to use it!

  • China Expat - 2011-05-21 05:06

    Hey Jeff the people of the WC are free this why they voted for the DA, the ANC want to control the WC so it wont stand out as a model city and make them ashamed at how badly they are screwing the rest of the country. Never mind buddy slowly but slowly we will conquer the rest of the country and drive the ANC into the sea,and out ancestors will smile again haha, now I have had my fun let me go and read some cartoons... nahjust read Malem's comments... same thing he is a joke like Mr Showerhead, Mrs Beetroot etc etc

  • Jorene - 2011-05-21 06:59

    The number of votes won by the ANC was just over 21 million and seven million for the DA, The Inkatha Freedom Party's support stood at 3.95% or 1.3 million votes, followed by a break-away party from its own ranks, the National Freedom Party, which garnered 842 168 votes (2.55%). The Congress of the People obtained 788 314 votes (2.38%). How can this be as there are 23 million on the voters roll? something fishy here.

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