ANC maintains lead as wrap-up nears

2011-05-20 16:28

Pretoria - The ANC maintained its lead 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.

The number of votes won by the ANC was just over 21 million (63.59% of all ballots cast) - 7.8 million council ward votes, eight million proportional representation votes and 5.3 million district council votes. The DA got 7.4 million votes in total.

There were 23 million registered voters.

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%).

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.

  • avhasei - 2011-05-20 16:36

    we are proud of our achivement, we are the winers.

      Tina - 2011-05-20 16:44

      Enjoy your victory while its lasts. Remember that everything that goes up must come down. Sometimes quicker than expected.

      JOHN - 2011-05-20 16:50

      phrase your words correctly,maybe glad that you won but surely not proud of how the metro's and municipalities are being run?

      Koos - 2011-05-20 16:58

      You are indeed the winers. lol!!

      saabnut - 2011-05-20 17:01

      @ John: Probably too thick to know the difference, let alone the significance...

      alijmain - 2011-05-20 17:19

      @saabnut. At least the oke the knows where to put his post!!

      watercloset - 2011-05-20 17:30

      Dont you guys have a few more Malema's and while you at it, Another Zuma and another Cele and another Cwele. They are the best adverts for the DA.

      Lefty - 2011-05-20 17:36

      Winers? WTF?

      Rolie - 2011-05-20 17:38

      This was not a soccer match you living brain donor. You are on the losing side even though the ANC won. This result means no service delivery for the next 5 years. Think about that numb nuts!!

      Benny66 - 2011-05-20 17:52

      Oh but you are so WRONG avhasei! You're NOT the winners! The ANC LOST votes to the DA. The DA (so far) have taken 129 seats from the ANC and only lost 10. Also the DA have increased their overall from 13% (16%?)to 24%!! No one ever said that the DA was going to beat the ANC this year - But of the two parties, they certainly are the winners as their growth figures testify. NOW FOR 2012!

      JOHN - 2011-05-20 21:45

      probably went to the same school as our dear Julius???

  • Blikskottel - 2011-05-20 16:56

    If one understands that Socialism is not a “share the wealth” program but is in reality a method to consolidate and control the wealth, then the seeming paradox of super rich men promoting Socialism becomes no paradox at all. Instead it becomes logical, even the perfect tool of power-seeking megalomaniacs. Communism, or more accurately Socialism, is not a movement of the down-trodden masses but of the economic elite. – Gary Allen Now with that said, note that both the DA and ANC fit this perfectly with their policies.

      Federico Lorenzi - 2011-05-20 18:50

      What a bunch of bull. Please take your ramblings back to America.

  • Spyker May - 2011-05-20 17:01

    In my very own- and totally subjective opinion: I doubt if the ANC even got 60% of the (bona fide) vote, if not I even doubt if half of SAcans support the ANC. > The SAcan election results (2011 inter alia) are NOT a true reflection of the will of the people. How many of these supposed IEC "officials" work for their local municipality/town council..? If the ANC does not get the 'vote', corruption (ie the income supplement by ENTITLEMENT), incompetence (etc) will disappear, heck they will probably loose their jobs... How can such a person conceivably be objective..?

      Mswati - 2011-05-20 17:14

      Tik Tik is messing your brain, stop it

      Andy - 2011-05-20 17:22

      That is very true my friend, i did find it alarming that some (Maybe all?) the voting boxes were not sealed. votes could easily have been removed from them.

      Spyker May - 2011-05-20 17:26

      You are probably right, Mswati.., but at least I have one to be messed with...

      Michael - 2011-05-20 17:55

      @Spyker you are probably the only person who does not know what qualifies a person to be alection official. Also that you are probably the sole person who doubts the credibility of IEC and the election process. All the reps from parties, however, small have congratulated IEC on the job well executed. Maybe it's time you retreat to a sleepy farm that you grew up in and start breeding animals if you are not one.

      Singo - 2011-05-20 18:12

      Are you sleep walking?

      Aitsa - 2011-05-20 18:32

      No man, BOOO! You're a twit. I'm not an ANC supporter and this election was run better than,say the 2000 presidential election in the United States.

      Aitsa - 2011-05-20 18:33

      And the ten friends who braai with you while you bitch about how horrible everything in SA is, aren't a relection of the will of the people either.

      Spyker May - 2011-05-20 18:39

      @Aitsa, you say “...this election was run better ...” – how do you know that..???

      Spyker May - 2011-05-20 18:39

      @Michael you are 100% correct - I do not know what qualifies a person to “ alection (sic) official...” On the other hand – I have a pretty good idea what it takes to be an Election Official – I was one in 2004. I STAND BY WHAT I SAID – even if I am the ONLY ONE IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE..!

  • Steven - 2011-05-20 17:26

    News 24 please explain according to your report there 23 million registered voters yet according to your report the ANC has won 21 million votes and the DA 7.4 million votes .....something smells fishing.... makes you wonder what the correct results actually are....

      Lefty - 2011-05-20 17:42

      Yep...nothing about this farce election adds up.

      Adrian Frith - 2011-05-20 17:43

      Did you vote? Did you notice how you have two ballots (in a metro council) or three ballots (in a local council)? I'm guessing they're counting the total of all ward, PR and DC ballots.

      Krolie - 2011-05-20 20:19

      23 million registered voters. A lot did not actualle vote. Wonder how many exactly. 2 x ballot papers per person=46 million (not taking those that did not vote into account, NOR those wards that had 3x ballot papers). 46 mil, less 21 mil, less 7.4 mil= Hallooooo, does not add up either! Where are we calculating incorrectly?

      Joe - 2011-05-20 21:21

      @ Adrian - you are correct, the 5th paragraph of the article explains it all.

  • thetruth - 2011-05-20 17:31

    @ KobusErasmus come out of u'r cocoon,"jou AGTER-TREKKER"(not VOORTREKKER)...u dont see the good that ANC's done , but listen to ZIONIST ZILLE's propoganda...come out to the ANC ruled provinces,black townships and most of the elite areas in the other provinces and then u'll see for u'rself what a fool u've been listening to all the DA's crap...yes,not everythings perfect,but where is everything perfect(even EUROPE,US and AUSTRALIA have service protests,b'cos lack of services,theft of taxpayers money,tender-preneurship and embezzlement of public money is a norm on a much larger scale in these countries)SO PLS EDUCATE U'RSELF JOU ONNOSIL B4 TAKING PART ON THESE FORUMS...

      Mundu - 2011-05-20 17:52

      I was sent a power point slide show of what Joburg looks like now. It's hard to believe that things have gotten this bad. The place is a ruin and you say the ANC have done well for their people. You obviously have a very low moral bar.

      Spyker May - 2011-05-20 18:11

      WHAAAAAT THE FUUUUUUUUU@K.......?????? You tell someone else to "...come out of u'r cocoon..." DENIAL IS NOT DA RIVER IN EGYPT - just ask Hosni Mubarak. The magnitude of corruption in SA is completely out of control, it is rabid, a rage of manic ENTITLEMENT..!! The countries you have mentioned, 1. DO NOT HAVE CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS - ie parliamentary members earning completely disproportional salaries. Eg as a ratio of GDP/Capita, Zuma earns almost 100 TIMES more than Barack Obama. 2. The value of corruption is an almost negligible as a fraction of the total sate income. SA on the other hand - if all the corrupt officials in SA have to be fired, the state/municipal functions will lose around 60% of its workforce. In fact it so severe, the ANC parliament refused to publish a report before the election - they even tries to deny it even existed. 3. Do not have Affirmative Action [AA] targeting minority groups - most definitely they do not impose AA against COMPETENCE, blatantly in favour of INCOMPETENCE. If people get jobs they do not deserve, ENTITLEMENT follows, the ENTITLEMENT rage quickly extends to corruption. 4. Do not have a National Youth Development Agency. This is the festering cesspool of the core of the rabid decay of SA. It is the heart of the evil monster that is post-Polokwane-2007 ANC. ETC... ‘thetruth’ you neanderthal nincompoop, is rather that you are evidently a direct beneficiary, of the corruption in SA.

  • robertmanthe1 - 2011-05-20 17:32

    Congrats to the ANC. It was always going to be a two thirds. I voted DA, becuase I thought it would be better if there was some opposition to them, and hope that they concentrate on better service delievery, illiminate corruption, nepotism, cronyism, and housing for the poor. Lets drop with the hatred comments. Be positive.

      solly - 2011-05-20 17:46

      I agree!! There are too many really nice people in S.A. who want to make things work out and care for each other. What is important is that we have an honest, hardworking government that really cares and delivers - and that's what the big problem is here.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-20 22:23

      You are the first DA supporter to make sense, someone who cares more about the country than a political party. Thanks for reminding South Africa is a beautiful and prosperous country. I love my country and that's why I vote ANC and that's why you vote DA.

  • catbrains - 2011-05-20 17:44

    so i have a question , why the hell is all municipalitys declared yet CAPE TOWN is left for last , maybe the anc crooks are trying to steal votes

  • Mundu - 2011-05-20 17:48

    The ANC politicians are the biggest winners in this election. Normally you would assume that the biggest losers would be the main opposition party, but in SA the biggest losers are the ANC supporters. They can look forward to more corruption and less delivery. You just can't fix stupid!

  • Aabfrits - 2011-05-20 18:02

    I am not from SA. But I do not see your optimism after starting the analysis of the voting paterns. The DA has gone from 1.57% in 1994 to about 24% in 2011. in this last election the DA increased its support of black voters by about 270%. In other words more than 60% of DA voters are not white!! Should the ANC not rule well on the ground level in the next 2 years there is a danger of loosing the next election. A swing of 17,7% would be enough. (the swing towards the DA at this election was 13.1%) We do not have an age analysis - but is expected that the younger voters turned the back on the ANC. A very dangerous trend as the older voters with fixed party preferances will get less. Institut fuer Politische Bildung, Berlin

  • Spoofed - 2011-05-20 18:15

    ''The number of votes won by the ANC was just over 21 million'' ''The DA got 7.4 million votes in total.'' ''There were 23 million registered voters.'' HUH????!!!!!

      shaun.classen - 2011-05-20 18:49

      And also don not forget the votes for the IFP , Cope and the NFP. So according to news 24 10.3 million votes went to the other parties and 21 million went to the ANC. That would make the total votes 31 million.....Something does not make sense....

      Krolie - 2011-05-20 20:37

      @shaun.classen. Don't forget, there were quite a lot of people that DID NOT vote (part of the 23 million). Some wards=2 ballot papers and some ward 3 ballot papers. Working only on 2 ballot papers and ignoring the fact that there was a percentage (?) that did not vote:- 23 million x 2 ballot papers=46 million, less 21 mil, less 7.4 mil, less 10.3 mil= still does not come to 46 million?!?!

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  • Noitol - 2011-05-20 18:46

    So they won! Of course, no one seriously expected otherwise. But methinks the pendulum's direction has changed ...

  • Mashudu Mavhandu - 2011-05-20 19:08


  • Yellow1 - 2011-05-20 20:25

    Do anyone know what the surprise DA promised the country, I have been waiting and still there is not surprise. everything is the same. DA for Western Cape and ANC for the country.

  • mshini wam - 2011-05-21 06:41

    Thanks to all people who came out to vote for ANC. Majority of South Africans believe in ANC and always believe ANC will provide better life for all. Amandla!

  • saxor - 2011-05-21 07:04

    may everyone get back to work

  • saxor - 2011-05-21 07:06

    may everyone get back to work

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