Beaufort West surprises at polls

2016-08-04 19:56

Cape Town - The DA might have to put the champagne back on ice after the seat allocation system has caused an upset in Beaufort West.

The ANC and DA each have six seats, with the Karoo Democratic Forum (KDF) holding one precious seat which could change either side's fortunes.

The KDF is a breakaway party from the ANC.

The DA had gained 64.3% of the provisional vote in the province by 9:10, which delighted Premier Helen Zille.

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

But by 17:00 everything had changed.

The DA had dropped to 48.99% (15 370 votes) the ANC rose to 42.21% (13 243) and the KDF to 5.18% (1 624).

DA provincial chairperson Anton Bredell said there would probably be a coalition in the municipality.

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