ANC feels the pinch

2016-08-10 06:00
GOBONAMANG Hammer(89) was amongst the elderly who braced the cold windy Kimberley weather to go and cast her vote at the Kutlwanong hall in Kimberley. She said she will never ever pass an opportunity to vote, ever since she voted for Nelson Mandela in 1994. Photo: Boipelo Mere

GOBONAMANG Hammer(89) was amongst the elderly who braced the cold windy Kimberley weather to go and cast her vote at the Kutlwanong hall in Kimberley. She said she will never ever pass an opportunity to vote, ever since she voted for Nelson Mandela in 1994. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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As if there was a plot against the ruling party by Mother Nature, the ANC saw its power grip in the Northern Cape province beginning to wane. The seventy percent(70%) dream hoped for by the ANC failed to materialise and the weather conditions throughout the province was so bad that some in the ruling party blamed it for their electoral misfortune.

It has always been the case that the Northern Cape had been first to finish the counting of votes as the number of voters in the provinchad always bee less than the national average.

So, while it took other provinces three days to count their votes, the Northern Cape already knew their results the day after casting thyeir votes.

But although the ANC lost its grip, it still holds the largest percentage of counted votes at 58.26%. It therefore means that it has won 14 councils, which translate into 227 seats.

The DA on the other hand has managed to win 24.85% of the counted votes and will therefore get 98 seats, while the much-touted EFF only won 8.6%, which amounts to 34 seats throughout the province.

It is expected that where the results will lead to hung councils, the parties will sit together and agree on joint ruling or coalitions.

Apart from the ANC, DA and EFF there are a number of smaller parties in the Northern Cape whose percentages, when put together, can help reach the expected 51% plus required to rule the council, if approached by either ANC or DA.

The EFF is a possible kingmaker in all of this.

The declining Cope has done badly as it got only 2.54%. Apart from the UCDP, which got 0.17%, and the Freedom Front Plus, which got 1.42% and had been campaigning since 1994, there are new community-based parties such as Save Tsantsabane with 0.69% and based in Postmansburg, Kgatelopele Community Forum with 0.41% based in Danielskuil, Khoisan Revolution with 0.25% based in Upington, Die Forum with 0.33% and African Independent Congress with 0.54%. The department of local government has given all parties fourteen days to form councils and have their mayors installed.

Results – Northern Cape

Governing party

Other

* The figures indicate the number of seats the parties achieved

Independent

Northern Cape

* The municipalities Mier and //
Khara Hais have amalgamated in the meantime

Independent

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