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By Kirstin Buick
03 August 2016

The results of the Local Government Elections 2016 are coming in thick and fast!

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Another nifty feature allows users to search for their ward, to see which party is in the lead in their area.

Read more: Elections 2016: what we know so far

As at just 10.45 pm on 3 August, the outlet reported 51 287 votes had been counted in the local elections, with 1.75% of stations done and dusted.

At the time, 60.27% of these votes were for the ANC, and 27.32% for the DA.

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DA beats ANC in Beaufort West for first time ever

The DA has defeated the ANC in Beaufort West for the first time, according to provisional results released on Thursday.

The provisional results show the DA clinching 49.2% of the vote, followed by the ANC at 42.2%, the Karoo Democratic Force at 4.05%, and the EFF at 1.39%.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said that winning Beaufort West, which was regarded as an ANC stronghold under controversial Mayor Truman Prince, was not a complete surprise.

"I went to Beaufort West during the election, and I came back thinking that we would win it.

"It is the first time that we have won Beaufort West, but I had a sense that it was coming," said Zille.

Beaufort West is also Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille's hometown.

The ANC won the municipality in 2011, when the party got its only outright majority in the Western Cape, with 50.8% of the votes. The DA got 41.2% and the balance was split amongst smaller parties.

Zille said she was delighted by the DA's performance in the Western Cape.

"I am unbelievably excited about the results," said Zille, when she arrived at the IEC's results centre on Thursday morning.

Zille and DA provincial chairperson Anton Bredell, who is also local government MEC, beamed as they had quick private chat after the party had gained 64.3% of the provisional vote in the province by 9:10.

With 69% of the votes counted in the province, the ANC had 24.7% and 4.05% was split among other parties. Counting had been completed in 1 107 of 1 586 voting districts at that time.

"The greatest surprise for me is the extent to which we are overturning safe ANC seats, and safe ANC councils, and we are doing that all over the country, not just in the Western Cape," Zille said.

She said that losing the Hessequa municipality was her greatest disappointment. The ANC got 46.14% of the vote, the DA 42%, and the Freedom Front Pus 4.8%.

"But that is a lesson in how independent candidates can split the vote, split the opposition vote, get no seats themselves, but give a council to the ANC. That's the lesson we got from Hessequa," said Zille.

Icosa got 2.48%, the EFF 0.48%, CI 0.42%, and the independent candidate 3.14%.

Strong DA lead in City of Cape Town with half votes counted

The DA has secured 71% of the votes in the Cape Town metro, with just over half the votes counted, according to provisional IEC results.

Around 09:00 on Thursday, the DA stood at 71.35%, the ANC at 19.85%, and the EFF at 3%.

The IEC stated on its website that counting of votes in 415 of 810 voting districts, and 12 of 116 wards, was completed.

At this provisional stage, the ANC’s support in the metro looked strongest on Robben Island and in voting districts spreading outward from the city centre.

An election day of the weird, wonderful and worrying

Voting continued past the 7pm deadline at some stations on Wednesday as the country experienced the weird, wonderful and worrying in arguably the most contested local government elections yet.

Independent Electoral Commission chief executive officer Mosotho Moepya assured voters that they would be assisted after the 7 pm closing time if they had reached their voting station in time.

While sporadic violence and protests erupted in small pockets within certain provinces, the day's events were also buoyed by the spirit of ubuntu in voter queues as well as the enthusiastic meetings of politicos with both the ordinary people and ballot box.

However, tragedy hit when three people were reported to have died during the elections: an African National Congress youth volunteer, aged 19, collapsed from a suspected heart attack after casting his ballot at a voting station in Struisbaai; while two voters died, apparently due to natural causes, at stations in Bulwer in KwaZulu-Natal and Strydenberg, Northern Cape.

The IEC also reported that an election official in Northern Cape was airlifted to hospital after being involved in a car accident.

Furthermore, a violent incident broke out when an ANC supporter was dragged out of a voting queue and set upon with a panga in the Pongolo municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.

Gang-related crossfire

ANC provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said that a group of voters, wearing ANC T-shirts, were waiting in the voting queue this afternoon when a man with a panga approached them, dragged one of them away and started attacking him with the weapon.

The victim was hospitalised in a stable condition. The motive for the attack was not yet known.

In Manenberg, Cape Town, a 61-year-old woman was also wounded in suspected gang-related crossfire near a polling station in the area.

Unrest also flared up in Vuwani where four men were taken in for questioning in connection with protests against a new municipal demarcation.

There was a strong army and police presence in the Limpopo area, with some voting stations not opening on time after residents dug ditches across some roads and blocked them with rocks in an attempt to stop IEC officials from accessing the area.

Many residents of the area were seen playing soccer as organisers of an elections boycott vowed to ensure that their plans to disrupt voting succeeded.

Rubber bullets fired

In the same province in Malamulele, police arrested three people for assaulting the police, attempted murder, contravening the Electoral Act and causing malicious damage to property.

According to Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto, one of those arrested got into an argument with officials at the Xigalo Primary School voting station after he answered a phone call inside the voting area.

A group then used stones to attack police who arrived on the scene as backup. A service pistol belonging to one of the officers was stolen in the altercation.

Earlier, in Cambridge, East London, police fired rubber bullets and used teargas to disperse a group of youngsters who tried to burn down the Gcobani Community Hall voting station.

The IEC also reported that electoral staff from Ward 95 in Folweni, south of Durban, were dismissed because of irregularities during the special voting process. Emergency staff had been deployed to the affected polling stations.

Meanwhile, a presiding officer of Mpumalanga JSS Ward 9, at Mnquma Municipality, in the Eastern Cape, was also fired after it was discovered that she was a branch secretary of a political party.

Inclement weather also wreaked havoc in certain areas - with about 30 tents blown over in parts of the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and the Northern Cape.

Technical hiccups

Rumblings by disgruntled parties also popped up here and there: In the Western Cape, ANC officials vowed to lay a complaint with the IEC against Democratic Alliance party agents who they alleged interfered with voters and ANC party agents. The opposition party however denied the claims.

The newly-formed Malamulele Community Association (MCA) cried foul, claiming that ballot papers had only their logo printed on them and not their party name in its abbreviated form.

Another opposition party, Ximoko, alleged their party agents didn't get identification stickers.

There were some technical hiccups at scattered stations, mainly to do with too few or faulty scanners, and an apparent lack of ballot papers in one case.

The mingling of the masses with political maestros evoked some of the lighter moments of the day.

Gogo Sizeni Mbambo, 101, clad in pink paisley print and wielding a knobkierie, ululated and danced in the dusty grounds of the Ntolwane Primary School voting station in Nkandla when the object of her admiration, ANC president Jacob Zuma arrived.

"Don't laugh at me now, it is because I am weak and old, but in the past, I used to beat the other young girls in dancing," said Mbambo, much to Zuma's amusement.

Maimane goes unrecognised

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and his wife were accompanied by his grandmother as they marked their Xs at Mponegele Primary School voting station in Seshego, Limpopo.

In Johannesburg, DA leader Mmusi Maimane and his wife Natalie, paid a nostalgic visit back to his alma mater when he voted at the Allen Glen High School in Roodepoort.

However, a later visit he paid to a Gelvandale voting station turned somewhat into farce when his public status went unrecognised by an official.

"And you are?" The presiding officer asked, prompting Maimane to produce a letter from the IEC giving him permission to visit.

And finally, there were the offbeat and oddball accompaniments to voting day.

One elderly man tried to vote with his apartheid era-dompas, while another in Durban was turned away from voting after being told he was officially dead.

In Gelvandale a voter showed up at the voting station in army fatigues featuring the old and new South African flags, saying both represented his country and both white and black people.

Most competitive elections yet

He said now he wanted a flag to represent the coloured people, which he would put over his heart; one he imagined would show someone "sleeping after lunch or holding up a gun".

A bizarre Cape Flats social media campaign asking people to spill their blood on ballot papers also proved ultimately unsuccessful.

A young woman was ostracised by a group of ANC supporters in Masiphumelele in the Western Cape after she was spotted wearing a DA T-shirt - although all was forgiven when she promised to only use it as pyjamas.

Meanwhile one IEC official complained to a News24 reporter about her Fanta-grape-purple outfit.

"I feel like Barney!" the official said referring to the children's television character dinosaur.

Political analyst Piet Croucamp suggested that this year's local elections were the most competitive in South Africa's democratic history.

Voter turnout was expected to be higher than ever before and he predicted that the EFF would make a significant impact at the polls.

"We see the likelihood of coalitions in various metropolitans and municipalities," he said.

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