Smaller parties remain optimistic

2011-05-19 17:38

Johannesburg - A number of smaller opposition parties, which ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said were "being gobbled up", were still optimistic about their prospects on Thursday afternoon.

African Christian Democratic Party MMP Jo-Ann Downs said although it was too early to tell how they had fared in the local government elections, the trend seemed to indicate the party "gained what it lost in the last election".

Downs said they did very well in Limpopo, with one ward gained in Musina. The ACDP was second to the ANC in the province.

"We also did very well in Stanger (KwaZulu-Natal) and Swellendam (Western Cape).

"Whilst we are positive at the outcome so far, we are saddened at the way South Africa has been polarised… that was evident at the polling stations yesterday. Indians, whites and coloureds vote DA, while black people vote ANC," Downs said.

The party said even with a tight budget, it still increased campaigning around the country.

"This is a good thing, it gives something to base our future on."

The FF Plus' Pretoria leader, Philip Van Staden, said they were confident of doing well in the city.

"Although it's still early to say, we have gathered loads of results in Pretoria. We have also done well in Midvaal and Meyerton.”

The Pan Africanist Congress of Azania's (PAC) efforts were "beginning to bear fruit" its secretary general Mfanelo Sicwatsha said.

"Projections are that we are going to do better… We’ll do better this time as compared to 2010 [elections]."

They had done well so far in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo, Sicwatsha said.

Jana Warffemius, chief administrator of the United Democratic Movement, said they didn't have as "sophisticated" spreadsheets showing results as the ANC did.

There had been a delay in results on her computer, so it was difficult to say at the moment how they had done.

  • Yucca - 2011-05-19 17:52

    Such songs belong with the "K" word: IN THE PAST. Especially that in an average life expetancy in this country(SA) 1 million people are murdered.

      edvermaak - 2011-05-19 18:09

      Wrong forum! I guess you were commenting on the kill-the-boer article elsewhere?

  • Dango - 2011-05-19 18:12

    LOL. Wonder what happened to the Cape Party in Cpt...? They must have spent a few million on those irritating posters which were EVERYwhere.

  • WALOK - 2011-05-19 18:16

    ANC on service delivery, "BMW will deliver my new car after the first service, I am not collecting it.

  • BigMoose - 2011-05-19 18:16

    This election has sounded the death-knell of the small parties. Join a credible opposition party and stand up against the ANC, who are clearly on the back foot.

  • v3 - 2011-05-19 18:41

    Pity about the UDM. They are one of the few parties around with principles.

      BigMoose - 2011-05-19 19:02

      Pity about all of the small parties. The only meaningful contribution they can make is to join the opposition, and bring their principles with them.

      Dango - 2011-05-19 20:04

      @ BigMoose: "Sounds the call to come together, and united we shall stand"

      BigMoose - 2011-05-19 20:16

      Unity makes Strength.

  • annie.kalahari - 2011-05-20 07:57

    Political parties always divide - they do not unite. Their only purpose is to create a huge mass of professional politicians whose only interest is in keeping their fat salaries. South Africa should get away from the political-party system, where professional politicians get elected to stand by a very tiny minority of people. It's such a divisive, British-colonial system I can't understand how people can view this as 'democracy' in any way, shape or form.

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