DA growing, but ANC firmly in charge

2011-05-21 22:23

Pretoria - South Africa's local government elections were officially declared over on Saturday night by the Independent Electoral Commission in Pretoria.

At a closing ceremony attended by political leaders from across the spectrum, the governing African National Congress remained firmly in charge of the nation's municipalities, taking just under 62% (61.95%) of the vote nationally.

The opposition Democratic Alliance took just under a quarter of all votes - 23.94% - while the Inkatha Freedom Party continued its decline, managing to garner just less than 4%(3.57 ) of votes across the nation.

In the new local government dispensation the ANC will run 198 councils, including most major metros except for Cape Town which was won outright by the DA.

The DA will run 18 councils and the IFP five.

DA leaders expressed pleasure at their party's growth. In the country's first inclusive national election in 1994 the then Democratic Party led by Tony Leon took only 1.7% of votes nationally.

  • Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-21 22:45

    What an idiot.

      Lydon - 2011-05-21 23:15

      Well, unlike you at least he has SOMETHING between his legs.

      Trololol - 2011-05-22 00:08

      Look for a brain between your ears thobsion baboon.

      BULALA - 2011-05-22 01:36

      VIVA ANC...VIVA!!

      ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-22 04:48

      @thobsion it is obvious that your prized little intondo does your thinking for you. The rest of us uses our brains for thinking and not our cocks. But of course you don't have a brain, so your little peepee..... ag shame..

      1nawty0 - 2011-05-22 08:11

      1gnore these's an ANC terrorist ploy... come to the "educated" forums.... Ruffle a few feathers,bring the worst out of people, promote racial divide.... and then run away...!!They are desperate don't fall for it.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:36

      Sifiso - 2011-05-22 18:40

      Wolraad Woltemade you are calling thobsion.ANC an idiot for raising his views about DA goverment in cape town & how it runs its budget instead of challeging his views by bringing facts about what he is saying, one wonders whose the idiot here

      Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-23 08:23

      I see Mr Thobsion.ANC has removed his comments....

  • Joe_Dirt - 2011-05-21 23:42

    @thobsion.ANC. Go back to school. Finish it. Get more than 30%. And then comment on issues. Otherwise, shut your yap!

      Koues - 2011-05-22 00:09

      It has come to my attention that most comments on all matters are from people against the Gov. It is to understand that they dont read because they cant and therefor the stupidety!

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:36

      Henry demeillon - 2011-05-25 16:27

      I agree what you says that wonderful you are have good brain.

  • Jacob Laubscher - 2011-05-22 00:07

    thosbsion.ANC ,haw wena tsotsi :))))) Slowly DA is taking more and more of SA hence why you can see better growth and a more peaceful stable cape town... reading your BEE and SMME's barking you seem like another Julius malema from another motha :))) why should only the western cape's budget be monitored? I would think " logically" the whole SA's money should be monitored by the right sources and not corrupted sources spending it on big ANC birthday parties and so called " development " your OWN PEOPLE are voting against you pal , they are sick of the ANC and all their false promises... anyone with more than one brain cell should be able to see this and will tell you the same thing!! :)

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:37

      Ac - 2011-06-01 06:26

      Why does it always have to be your people this, my people that, on these forums? Can't we look at ourselves as a united South Africa?? Either that or recognize that there are at least 11 different cultures in this country with different needs and goals, I don' want to be clumped together with Afrikaaners just because I am white (nothing personal to them, but I am just not Afrikaans) therefore I find it backward to clump all black people together, because they are not the same!!

  • lance ANCY - 2011-05-22 00:09

    Want to win a cape coloured's vote...give them bread!!! LOL...DA your strategies sucks!! you brainwashed the uneducated blacks and cape coloureds with bread!

      RVQ - 2011-05-22 00:18

      Umm, that's JZ's speech, he said it's about bread and butter, I'm sure you wouldn't mind getting bread and butter while JZ, Malema... get multi-million mansions and million rand cars, while they eat sushi of your daughters bodies, right?

      Jacob Laubscher - 2011-05-22 00:20

      I was about to type a whole book here about the " bread " and uneducated Africans (I dont want to say blacks ,before I'm racist lol) ... But then I read ancY and realized you one of the Julias parra's.. the same guy who thinks killing the boer is a solution......

      lance ANCY - 2011-05-22 01:22

      @RVQ..same apply for Helen Zille and those who control her! Then i'd rather give it to Malema than to white elite in control

      Cornix - 2011-05-22 01:58

      @lance ANCY - At least it is working. :)

      ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-22 04:56

      @lanceANCY ag so what? The ANC does it with chicken, but the DA still won!

      RVQ - 2011-05-22 09:19

      @lance ANCY, Helen Zille gave her caretaker a R700 000 house, what did JZ do for his employees? Bread and butter I guess...

      whatashame - 2011-05-22 10:55

      And if you want people to Vote ANC give them MacDonalds and R100.00 and then thank them by spraying Moet & chandon champagne in their faces. It works - Try it.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:37

  • lance ANCY - 2011-05-22 00:17

    Many are clinging to the hopes that under Helen Zille, South Africa could have a bright future ahead, but sadly, Helen Zille represents one of the two mechanisms (being fear and false hope) which are used to control sleeping sheeple. Zille represents the “false hope”, and main stream media, hypnostized South Africans, are made to believe that she is the answer to the dire state that South Africa has been left in, under the “Black Government”. In much the same way, Obama was campaigned under the political slogans of “hope” and “change”, which is what America was led to believe it needed after the disasterous Bush Jr administration. But as many of us have realised, the same people who controlled Bush, control Obama, and much the same is truth for Helen Zille, who is controlled by the “Wyse Manne” or “Wise Men”, who have controlled South African politics since it’s independence in 1961, and control South Africa on behalf of the Vatican, to this very day.

      RVQ - 2011-05-22 00:23

      Eeesh! Hows life in the forest with your tin foil hat and pet racoon? Watch out, don't stay logged in too long they might trace you...

      tigtag - 2011-05-22 00:59

      Blablabla, i pity you!

      tigtag - 2011-05-22 00:59

      @lan whatever

      lance ANCY - 2011-05-22 01:10

      B Rabbit - 2011-05-22 02:49

      That article really helped your argument. Here's your pills.

      ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-22 05:00

      @lanceANCY the wise men are in turn controlled by the ALIENS, and they are coming for YOU,HIDE!!!!!!

      tryanything - 2011-05-22 07:35

      Now lets see what they do about Aurora...

      RVQ - 2011-05-22 09:27

      @lance ANCY, wow crazy stuff on that site, makes you wonder if the ANC are part of it. Think of it, we always here about the 'ANC Elite' and we assume we know who they are but what if? I mean what if? Think of it, if the 'Elite' are that powerful if they weren't the ANC they would get Obama to nuke SA for the shale in the Karoo... crazy man, just crazy... Seriously, I do believe most/if not all governments are controlled to some extent by Elite individuals, including ours...

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:37

      Johan - 2011-05-22 15:18

      Lol, didnt know people like you actually exist... you probably believe the world will end today? Or that crab people exist? "...on behalf of the vatican", that was pricelss...

      Ac - 2011-06-01 06:33

      Lol!!!!!!!! Yes, its all the Vatican hey??? Hahahahaha!! Oh, crap, and I am absolutely terrified of Helen Zille, with her botox and no-nonsense stance on kak, she is pretty frightening, you got me there... Haha, my man, where do you come from? Do you believe everything you read on the internet? Let me end off with this little quote: “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” - The Buddha

  • BULALA - 2011-05-22 01:45

    No matter what ANC rules!!!

      CdnMoose - 2011-05-22 08:25

      Not for long!!

      John - 2011-05-22 08:44

      Only till Jesus comes and that will be soon.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:38

  • Karooseun - 2011-05-22 02:03


      Jacob Laubscher - 2011-05-22 02:51

      Amen to that :)

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:38

  • andrelouisw - 2011-05-22 04:41

    Not in the Western Cape! Thank heavan foir that!

  • Ian - 2011-05-22 04:56

    What is so depressing about the elections is that despite having corrupt uselss Municipalities, that deliver very little, the vast majority of voters are still blindly voting on colour. Until that changes, there will be very little improvement in this country.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:39

  • ariete - 2011-05-22 06:07

    If you want to know what Cape Town has been doing, visit and download or browse the annual and sustainability reports. These are audited and clean. Most ANC municipalities are incapable of producing an annual report or if they do, it is qualified by the auditors, This is not a good thing, it means that it is not clean and has unexplained and wasteful expenditure. It used to be the ultimate mark of shame for an organization, so I laugh ironically when I hear ANC municipalities bragginnf about unqualified audits in adverts. @Thobsion, I gather you are very young or have not obtained sufficient education to understand how governance of organizations is managed.

      Michael - 2011-05-22 06:25

      You are wrong. All municipalities in the country are audited and as I write this June 30 2010 reports have all been audited by AG. You cannot thus be spreading lies that some reports have not been audited or worse off not finalized. The annual report of municipalities is normally over 100 pages. To see what has been done you have to go through pages and pages of tables and comparative information. There is no segmentation report relating wealthy and poor communities, and one has to dig for it. My question needs just a simple answer. Like where executive summary give synopsis of the document, I want you to highlight a thing or two that stand up for you to say here the DA government has actually improved the lives of these people who never had basic services before.

      WITBUL - 2011-05-22 13:52

      @ Michael, Go and read the below moron before you suck nonsense out of your thumb. The Western Cape, audit was clean and precise.

      TJ - 2011-06-01 07:57

      I am glad 70% of the people who vote ANC are not exposed to this nonsensical web talks and it will remain like that. Fact''It looks as if DA is growing only because 30% of ANC supporters decided not to vote whilst 8% from other oppositions parties like KOPE, IFP,UDM decided to vote for DA. Mark my words, come 2014 ANC will come back like storm and you are one of the people who will eat their humble pie.

  • Wayne - 2011-05-22 06:35

    The DA is getting stronger. The ANC and their stooges are now put in a situation where they will have to prove to their minions that they are better than the DA by actually delivering on their promises. Now we as South Africans will see what a true DEMOCRACY is by looking at Cape Town. The ANC and their sheep will have to work hard to keep up.

      tryanything - 2011-05-22 07:47

      In the sixties Mercedes Benz was dominating the car market with mediocre quality cars. Suddenly BMW starts building cars.. Result was a massive improvement in service. A Mercedes salesman would now get off his chair where he was lying on his back and actually meet you at the door.. Result better service .. So if the ANC wants to stay in business they must pull finger. Watch a black man in a chair. Never sits up straight straight ....If he is standing it is never without leaning against a pole or wall..Its in the culture and the culture must change...

      ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-22 08:54

      @tryanything, it reminds me of a story my father told. During the 80's my late father was in charge of the fleet for the company he worked at. They were in the market for about a dozen luxury cars. When he visited a Mercedes showroom their attitude was exactly as you described. That salesman had no idea how much he lost in commissions as my dad simply turned around without being served and went to BMW and ended up buying the cars from them.

  • ariete - 2011-05-22 07:00

    @michael. You ask for substantiation, but seem to want a twitter response of 140 characters. I suspect you may be suffering from ADHD. To find out how municipalities are doing, visit After all, the current government set up this structure precisely because the majority of municipalities are basket cases and rely on handouts from Treasury to keep going. When they become too non-functional, they are placed under administration or absorbed into another municipality. Please do not use words like "lies" when I get my information from a government website. WRT CapeTown there are many supplementary reports you can refer to if the annual report baffles you. Try the Khayelitsha Community Trust annual report 2009/10 at for something specific.

      whatashame - 2011-05-22 11:09

      Ariete, this is the right way to go for debate and opinion but then it might involve some work and research to come up with facts, so some of these people would rather sit back comfortably and listen to the diatribe from the future president Julius who already believes he is president. Watch this space - he will be the president. JZ will soon be ousted, someone else will take over and then it will be Julius turn.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:40

  • Believer - 2011-05-22 07:42

    The poor will allways be with us as they are so used to having the hand out begging for provision and never give anything in return. What you sow is what you will reap. Teach the poor how to give and watch how this beautiful country will be transformed, no matter who the government is. All you DA bashers need to stop been part of the problem and start been part of the solution by reaching out to the poor yourselves instead of using them as a scapegoat for your own promotion.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:40

  • grinchSA - 2011-05-22 07:42

    @thobsion.ANC Shut your pie hole. The ANC is the worst government in the history of the WORLD. I wouldnt leave them in charge of a taxi rank. FACT: ANC numbers are declining, they have lost support in every single area except KZN. On the other hand the DA have grown exponentially. There are blacks voting for the DA, not just whites so put your braincells together and borrow from a fellow comrade if you need and see what is happening. As for your stupid pigs comment: Pigs rank #4 in animal intelligence behind chimpanzees, dolphins and elephants. If the ANC was an animal it would be a cross between a hyena and a turkey. spineless and stupid, relying on the labours of others to survive. And by the way, Cape Town was the only metro given a clean bill of health by the auditor general, while every other metro is drowning in filth and corruption. So STFU, if you don't know what you are talking about.

      allie - 2011-05-22 08:33

      It`s the blackman`s 350 year hatred of the whiteman that drives the ANC and their followers.It will be there for another 1000 years.Cut your nose to spite your face.And the only reason is colour and maybe an infereority complex.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:41

      TJ - 2011-06-01 09:25

      Poor GrinchSA, how convenient of u to talk only about the decline in results or outcome, let us look at the percentage in terms of people who went to the polls and compare it to the one in 2006 and once again do not ignore the fact that these were municipality elections. I agree that DA was able to get more votes than they got in 2006 but the mistake all of you are making including the so called political"prophets of dooms'' analyst as well as the bias SA Media is that political loyalty will remain for the next 20 or so years. Majority of the previously disadvantaged people know that it was not DA who helped them to stop walking the streets of SA without passes in their pockets, They know that should they give power to a white man , just maybe the past might resurface. So if I were politically educated as yourself I will accept the fact that DA will never rule SA (maybe after both me and you have left this world)no matter how much they can grow, The day DA takes over the republic it will be predominantly black leadership on top and guess what by the way you seem to take a black man for it will be a bitter pill for you to swallow and let me warn you that very soon you will have leadership squabbles in the DA for as long as you have more and more darkies as this is natural. A minority party will never rule SA and majority of the people here are black which means for you to rule you have to be black or you will remain and opposition for life.

  • Shorts1 - 2011-05-22 08:28

    The final outcome has shown the will of the people, and that is what democracy is all about. What is most noticeable however is that where the DA has been running the local government councils, it has increased it's support among the voters in those areas. In the Western Cape, after the 2006 elections, the ANC were the majority party in 22 of the then 28 councils, with the DA ahead in 5. The 2011 results now show that the DA are the majority party holding 20 of the councils with the ANC retaining 3 ( out of a total of 25 ). If one then looks at each of the Metropolitan areas, the DA have made noticeable gains in Cape Town, which they now retain with an increased majority, George ( now 51% ), Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, East London, Kimberley & Bloemfontein. Whilst not being in the majority in the last six of the above, the gains that the DA have made in terms of seats now held will most certainly put the ANC under increased & sustained pressure to perform much more effectively & hopefully significantly reduce their abuse of power & wastage of public expenditure. The tide has turned and if the ANC do not realise this fact and act accordingly to fulfill the expectations of their voters, the 2016 municipal elections will see substantially more support for the DA.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:41

  • Ndlovu - 2011-05-22 08:32

    If a party go's too big, there is no delivery anymore... the prof has been given!Now ANC faces a challenge to do bether in leading this country otherwise it will go down below 50 % next elections. Thats why a multi-party system works well. . one pushes the other..! So we can expect a brighter future for everybody. Aside all comments... This country, where I am a guest only , has performed in toto very well and I am proud for the people of this new SA wich has become a second "mother-country" to me! Thanks for all the friendship wich I coud get from people of all races!!! If everybody is giving its best the road to prosperity is open for all and finally the corruption and selfish politicians will fade away.. by next and overnext elections. Good things needs time!

      Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-22 10:08

      An "outsider" / "new-comer" is always better able in unbiased observation, analysis and reporting free from emotional baggage... I couldn’t have said it better than you!

      Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-22 10:09

      I agree on the larger (any party thing) - Almost like Rome, it has to collapse at some point.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:42

  • haveyoursay - 2011-05-22 08:36

    The funny thing is Cape Town is the only municipality that got a clean bill of health from the auditors. We will see the other councils look on with envy at the DA run Councils. Corruption in the ANC is endemic and cant be rooted out because even though JZ gives lip-service to clearing corruption he keeps on appointing his cronies in key positions.

  • grinchSA - 2011-05-22 09:54

    @thobsion. ANC FACT: DA popularity growing, ANC popularity decreasing. If you know anything about the fundamentals of politics (which by your comments is unlikely) you will know that when there is a swing in support its hard to stop. Especially with the amazing job the DA has done in Cape town. You obviously live in JHB, where like there rest of the sewer rats don't know any different. I suggest a visit to CT. No potholes, huge police presence, no blue light brigade, no arrogant Malema's. Its paradise down here. Its like our own little republic, a utopia surrounded by a pile of incompetent bigots. Its not about race anymore, its about delivery. We will not be fooled.The DA is the only political party that registered growth in the elections, garnering 23.9% of votes nationwide and winning the City of Cape Town with 62% of the vote.

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:42

      thobsion.ANC - 2011-05-23 09:26

      Fair enough but I still wish you referring to Cape Town not a portion of Cape Town. Well I have been to Cape Town and had a privilege of visiting the townships surrounding it (hope you have). Well I had mixed feelings about it. Stop being stuck to that Cape Town, go around this beautiful country, you may spot one or two things positive about this organisation you despise so much. Another thing that you mustn't forget is that when ANC took over there was basically nothing done by the previous government for the majority population of this country. I'm sure you don't have a clue of what I'm talking because you were swimming in milk pool, playing swing with a sausage then, I understand. Well, I'm saying this confidently as then a rural and township boy because I know what I'm talking about. ANC has done a lot my friend but I don't expect you to see it that way, I understand.

  • ptrbnd - 2011-05-22 18:35

    Helen Zille's heart as far as what is best for all of SA is in the right place, I don't believe the " Wise Men " can easily manipulate her when it comes to putting all of SA's people first. The other clowns in the other a party are the real sellouts of SA's people, they have no compassion for the dire suffering of most of SA's people of all colour as long as they can enrich themselves and their big fat egos, they are easy fodder for the Vatican et al and other global manipulators.

  • Monica - 2011-05-22 21:44

    ANC will always be in charge as there is very few white and black educated people in this country; if you are a friend of the President; you do not have to have education to get a foot into the door. It is not a problem for the ANC to be in charge; the problem is what is happening with the tax-payers funds and what they use it for. There is a serious mis-use of funds and criminals are working for the ANC government and so much are being put under the carpet; NO COMMENT is the logo of the ANC; in Mauritius; it is NO PROBLEM; I hope they will now wake up and take away affirmative action; it is rasist and the best person that is qualified for the position; should get the job! Affirmative action is wrong as there are fewer white people and other races than black people. It is time that the ANC put the history behind them as with BEE they have gained so much without working for it. It is now time to work together to build a better country! Finances is a huge problem and it is spent incorrectly. No government in this world should take care of so many children and wives of the President. It is a new wife every 2 years! It is children we did not even know that existed! It is time to take stock and employ the right people to take care of the Municipalities! Mugabe destroyed a beautiful country; I have been there many years ago; no one want to visit the country now. I waited 6 months for my tour at the Victoria Waterfalls then; now you can book for the next day!

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 21:52

  • - 2011-05-23 08:07

    @ Everyone, with the elections behind us and the results on ours minds, why not comment on your thoughts more comprehensively submit an article to, we always enjoy hearing what’s on your mind. Otherwise visit our site and tell us what you think.

      PaulChinchen - 2011-05-25 08:49

      The DA have 1/4 or 23.94% of all of the votes whilst the ANC have 2/3 or 62% of all the votes. This means that the DA have 38.61% of the ANC 100%. This is significant because it is a significantly larger amount than at the last Municipal Elections held in 2006.

  • Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-23 08:24

    I see Mr Thobsion.ANC has removed his comments....

      thobsion.ANC - 2011-05-23 09:01

      I told you before, and I'm telling you again that DA is fake organisation with its fake agendaz. I don't care if my comments are being deleted here as long as you I have conveyed what I wanted to convey, besides this is media as well.

      sefeddt - 2011-05-25 08:06

      thobisonANC, from day 1 when the ANC lost CT to the DA they have tried dirty tricks. When Helen Zille became mayor, the ANC government tried to downgrade her powers as mayor to that of a ceremonial one with no powers. When she became premier they warned her that as national government they will step in and take over if she failed to deliver, that is their right but none of the other provinces were issued with the same threat. Question is what is the ANC so afraid of.

  • PaulChinchen - 2011-05-25 08:14

    The DA have 1/4 or 23.94% of all of the votes whilst the ANC have 2/3 or 62% of all the votes. This means that the DA have 38.61% of the ANC 100%. This is significant beacause it is a significantly larger amount than at the last Municipal Elections held in 2006. I take issue with the Headline of this article: How can the ANC be firmly in charge when they cannot run Municipalities, their own party or even an Election! without losing support and messing up?

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