ANC wins, but...

2011-05-22 10:44

Johannesburg - The ANC has won the election, but the governing party has lost ­support in at least 62% of the local and metropolitan municipalities it contested in 2006.

A comparison by City Press of this year’s election results and those of 2006 reveals that:

» KwaZulu-Natal is the ruling ­party’s new heartland after ­it ­secured a massive voter turnout and raised its support from 2.4 million votes in 2006 to 4.2 million this year;

» The ANC’s support base in ­Eastern Cape has declined significantly. Out of the 34 municipalities analysed, the party only managed to increase its support in three;

» In Free State, Northern Cape and Western Cape, the ANC’s support shrank by five percentage points or more; and

» The DA has strenghthened its ­support in 78% of the municipalities it contested in 2006, growing by a massive 17.8 percentage points in Western Cape.

Black leader

On Friday, DA leader Helen Zille told City Press that her party was ­preparing to govern South Africa after the 2019 national election, by which time “in all probability” it would be led by a black leader.

Final election results declared on Saturday showed that while the ANC’s support in all nine provinces has declined, the DA grew in all.

Although ANC leaders have been putting on party faces in ­public, backroom operators were hard at work trying to figure out what caused the party’s national ­support to drop from more than 66% to 62% in this election.

If it wasn’t for a steep climb in KwaZulu-Natal, the ruling party could have dipped below 60%.

Together, the ANC and IFP breakaway leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi’s National Freedom Party (NFP) obliterated the IFP’s stronghold on municipalities in the province.

The IFP’s support in KwaZulu-Natal fell by 21 percentage points – from 38% in 2006 to 17% this year.

No major inroads

The ANC went up from 47% to 56%, and the newly-formed NFP managed to pull 11% of the vote in its first election.

On its own, the ANC will govern the majority of municipalities in KZN.

It is further expected that the party will govern in coalition with the NFP in a number of Zululand municipalities, leaving the IFP with negligible power.

But outside KwaZulu-Natal, the ANC did not make major inroads into any other province, particularly losing popular support in the three Cape provinces.

If the ruling party’s KZN results are omitted from the equation, the percentage of municipalities where the party shed votes goes up to 79%.

If the same equation is applied to the DA’s results, the party showed growth of 89% in municipalities (excluding KwaZulu-Natal), and saw a drop in support in only 11% of municipalities.

Big percentage drop

The ANC is in trouble in Eastern Cape, where it has lost 8.3 percentage points, when compared to its 2006 result.

The party’s biggest drop in the province was in Nelson ­Mandela Bay, where its support declined by 15.2 percentage points to 52%.

The drop was one of the ruling party’s 10 worst in the country. The rest of this list is dominated by municipalities in Western Cape and Northern Cape

Interestingly, the ANC’s 11th ­biggest percentage drop was in former president Thabo Mbeki’s hometown Idutywa – from 83.9% in 2006 to 70.2% this week.

Zille said on Friday that 20% of the DA’s voters were now black.

Apart from Western Cape, where the party has firmly consolidated its rule, the DA also improved its performance in Northern Cape (by 8.25 percentage points), North West (+7.46), Free State (+6.84) and Gauteng (+6.65).

Prince Albert surprise

The party managed for the first time to win predominantly black wards in places like Emakhazeni (Belfast) in Mpumalanga; and ­Missionvale township and Joe Slovo settlement in Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth); and wards in Ekurhuleni and Tshwane, both in Gauteng.

At a press briefing on Friday, Zille said the DA had taken at least 133 wards from the ANC and had only lost five to the ruling party.

The only municipality in which both the ANC and DA saw a drop in support was Prince Albert in Western Cape, where the new ­Karoo Gemeenskapsparty won.

  • REVO - 2011-05-22 10:54

    I would have voted ANC, but the current amount of corruption is just ludicrous...voted DA instead.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-22 11:03

      Now thats the perfect sentiment for Democracy right there.

      AJ - 2011-05-22 11:19

      @REVO: I would have voted ANC too, but I had a problem with the corruption, mismanagement of funds, cadre deployment, decision making at parastatal level, targeting of minorities, dumbing down of standards, lack of accountability, foreign policy, service delivery, the arms deal, attacks on the media, manipulative electioneering and preying on the naivety of the uneducated and general intolerance of those who dont happen to share their hope for what undoubtedly is going to be a crappier South Africa for most, that ultimately dissuaded me from this as an option.

      shannonmomberg - 2011-05-22 11:29

      "Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another…" Nelson Mandela, Inaugural Address, Pretoria 9 May 1994. The ANC are a disgrace to the legacy left by Madiba. They are destroying everything that one of the worlds greatest leaders fought so hard to give us. They operate in an environment of unnacountability and promote racism via the likes of Malema and Faku. From the unity of a rainbow nation Madiba built to the cANCer that is destroying it.

      BigMoose - 2011-05-22 12:22

      I'm still waiting to go to hell and the others who voted ANC are still waiting for the Rapture.

      johan - 2011-05-22 12:23


      Tc - 2011-05-22 15:02

      I am so proud of the many thousands of Black voters who shed the ANC shackles and decided to think for themselves. They are our Black Brothers ana Sisters who used their votes to really give us new hope for this country. Let's take hands and claim the future together. Wonderful!

      RVQ - 2011-05-22 15:35

      Ex-ANC supporter here too...

      Ekhaya - 2011-05-22 15:38

      Good for you Revo..Me too. I hav always been voting ANC, but this time, my vote went to DA.

      Sapere Aude - 2011-05-22 15:55

      Bravo! Not because I'm pro-DA or anti-ANC, but such rational thoughts are refreshing to see!

      Nunya - 2011-05-22 17:00

      Hahahaha to you Amos...The ANC is going down my man..DOWN, I tell you. You can say what you want , but you know it as well as I do!!! THE ANC'S DAYS ARE NUMBERED!!!!

      whereu - 2011-05-23 05:26

      Shannonmonberg, Support in KwaZulu-Natal has shifted from the IFP to the ANC, and in the rest of the country from the ANC to the DA. I wonder whether this means the the ANC is becoming the new IFP and the DA the old ANC (with Nelson Mandela its visionary). Just a thought.

      hollochris - 2011-05-23 05:53

      @amos.. yebo, we understand. That is how the ANC do their maths. Like Malema ( winnie's piccanien ) wants 104% support... Eish...GO GUYS!!!

      Hardtail - 2011-05-23 08:33

      whereu...if you remember a few years ago...under the old NP, IFP was aligned with that the ANC is so closely resembling, in thought action and words, the OLD it any wonder that the IFP are aligning themselves with the New ANC/NP?...a old enemy they detested? Reason? because the OLD ANC, has undergone a transformation, it is now the OLD NP, just under the OLD ANC's colours...

      Gregory - 2011-05-23 09:40

      @Amos - I see your leaders taught you maths as well. I see your maths is of the highest standard.... you state ANC lost 4% from 66% to 66%... well done. I'm sure they are proud of your blind maths and blind sheep following vote... BHAAA BHAAA ... Shave my wool and eat my meat.

      Bratt - 2011-05-23 10:11

      Amos, a drop is a drop. May be insignificant to you and your ANC, but is very significant to the DA. They will build on this year on year and hopefully by the time you and your ANC realize how significant it is, it will be too late for you. Having said that, the DA and its supporters need to be above the antics of the ANC. They need to be better and yet, not have the 'better than thou' attitude. We cannot win this without support of the majority. Who are incidentally black. So instead of looking down on people that voted ANC etc, we need to incite them to change their vote to DA for lasting change for all. So calling people idiots and ridiculing them on forums such as this is counter-productive. We are/should be better than that.

      chiefbambath - 2011-05-23 10:16

      i wanted to vote for DA but with so many white males in their leadership, i feared for my kids future

      Gazza99 - 2011-05-23 11:12

      @Amos -> If the ANC has 66% and loses 4% then they have how much? the answer is 62% --- dumbass. New SA maths - FAIL!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-05-24 09:26

      ....ANC = Anarchy, Nepotism, Corruption.....

      JohnnyBB - 2011-05-24 09:27

      ...ANC = Another Native Circus....

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-22 10:54

    Slow but inevitable...

      Sapere Aude - 2011-05-22 15:57

      I like your thinking, Martin!

  • Slapper - 2011-05-22 10:55

    Great news and it looks very good for the future.

      Sooth Slayer - 2011-05-23 12:53

      I am lost on the logic of this. So the party that got just over 20% or the vote did better than the party that got more than 60% of the vote? Whilst one cannot deny the little gains the DA has gotten, i think amplifying them and blowing them out of proportion doesn't sit well with any principles anywhere! A quick question for the journo who wrote this piece: The DA's biggest gain was obviously in Cape Town with a "massive 17% increase" to quote you. What percentage increase did the ANC ganner in their biggest gain in KZN? If my math is correct it was a paltry 67% increase - to borrow your reasoning. So what's the point I am making? Your article is a pathetic distortion of the true picture of the election. But i give you one thing though. Judging from the comments above and below, you seem to have fooled many more people than just yourself.

      Mark.E - 2011-05-24 11:35

      @ Sooth Slayer. Whenever there was a 5% shift from one party to another in most countries, that would mean a shift towards a new president. Go have a look at other countries histories and what a shift like this means. The ANC might have won this one, but they are going down. It is just a question of time and the DA will take it.

  • Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-22 10:55

    I don't care who governs - As long as the corruption end!

      Alpha - 2011-05-22 11:23

      I agree 100%. Just give use good service delivery, sort out crime, create more jobs so the tax burden is lighter on the 8% paying tax, keep our infrastructure at an exceptable level, give our children a good education and a good health system and I will be happy. So far the ANC has proven not to be that party

      amos - 2011-05-22 15:33

      Its time a law is introduced which will prohibit one person or clique remaining as mayor / manager / ceo etc.. of any municipality for more than TWO consecutive terms. This will partially derail the gravy train and limit corruption.Even the DA has passengers on the gravy train.

      Hardtail - 2011-05-23 08:35

      jeez amos, now that is a idea worthy of supporting....however...i somehow do not think that the powers that be, (ANC) are going to share your sentiments on that one...

      Freddie - 2011-05-23 12:09

      Yes, the corruption must end, but you should also care who governs.

      debbie.van.niekerk - 2011-05-23 12:33

      Oh my hat, @Amos, do you know what is actually going on... Did you not see that out of the top 10 municipalities functioning properly...i.e financially correct etc,..9 of those are in THAT is how corrupt the DA is right??? DUH... Back to bed Amos, back to bed

      Boerseun - 2011-05-23 16:00

      That is a very shortsighted view. Check the policies as in the long term that is what will make the difference and the DA's policies are the same as those of the ANC. Both are socialist and that always leads to disaster as can now be seen in Greece, Portugal and other Europeans lefty/nanny states.

      O'forth - 2011-05-23 20:40

      @Boerseun, From Jan van Riebeeck until 1999 South Africa has basically been a Socialist state, first under colonial governance and then as a country at war with itself. The shift to exploitative capitalism started when Anglo and SAB were allowed to list on the LSE and monetary policy was eased. We need to revert back to many socialist principals, price control for farm produce, forms of tariff protection, using free prison labour, forcing able body grant recipients to perform public service and as said above forcibly cultivating tribal lands if we want to employ, house and feed the growing population. What the ANC and the communists are doing is not socialist, it is capitalist and unfortunately many private sector companies as with the public enterprises are following this criminal exploitive route since they follow the direction of government. If you want to get the majority vote you must be able to provide what the majority need, not even the USA is capitalist anymore by any stretch of the imagination. Socialism is not a bloated public service to buy the votes as the ANC is doing; socialism is centrally planned economic strategies delegated to private citizens with due public oversight combined with purposeful state directed eduction given to the population to service these economic needs.

      Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-23 21:51

      Jis Boerseun, ek hoor wat jy sê, maar ek sien elkgeval nie meer 'n langtermyn toekoms in SA nie... As ons eie mense nie eens kan saam staan nie, hoe de moer gaan ons as 'n minderheidsgroep hier oorleef, wat nog te sê van vooruitgaan.

      Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-23 21:52

      Boerseun - Wat stel jy voor - Geen party het Christelike waardestelsels nie, en die wat het is in die minderheid. Nee wat, dis 'n verlore stryd.

      Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-23 21:53

      Ons moet dit aanvaar en aanbeweeg soos ons voorouers gemaak het.

  • Stox - 2011-05-22 10:55

    I think it'll be quite sad if the DA elect a successor to Zille base on skin colour. If he/she is black and the best candidate, then fine. But Zille has built this party up from the ground by being competent, and she happens to be a white female. The day South Africa can elect a white leader base on competence (given our +- 79% black demographic), then we will be a proper democracy.

      Nordic - 2011-05-22 11:03

      Lindiwe Mazibuko will, in my opinion, be the best successor for Zille. She will not even be 40 years old in 2019, is extremely smart and well-spoken, and would really be the logical choice.

      Rupesh - 2011-05-22 11:28

      I agree Stox. The day majority of whites vote for a black person, and together with what you said above, then we will have a proper democracy. Nordic - Lindiwe Mazibuko for president. I am all about that.

      Democrat - 2011-05-22 11:30

      Don't worry. The DA will identify suitable candidates and groom them to take over. There are many Blacks, Coloureds and Indians who would qualify.Remember, the DA is a fully integrated party and will choose the best person for the position. After all, not like the claims of President Zuma, Helen will not be able to rule until Jesus comes, she will have to retire at some point.

      Benny66 - 2011-05-22 11:35

      Nordic - absolutely my sentiments! And she is just the right person not to be stereo typed in her appointments - I have this picture of her Tea "Laddy" being a male named Juiliass.

      tk - 2011-05-22 11:52

      After watching a few of her speeches on YouTube she definitely will get my Vote if she is leading the DA. Patricia, sorry, you still need to mature in your debating skills. You make too many mistakes and insulting voters is not a way to build a respectable party. But as I said, Lindiwe, you make this white South African proud!

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-05-22 11:55

      I think it is very unlikely that the DA will elect a "token" to lead. They are very strong on merit selection, so when a person of colour is leading the DA, it will be because that is the best person for the job. Already they have a number of very dynamic "young guns" rising through the ranks, gaining experience. Ms Mazibuko is clearly a very strong contender for leadership in the not-too-distant future, and I have no doubt we will see more such individuals ascend to very senior positions. It may take a bit longer to do it right, but the long term benefits of this approach are well worth it.

      Statler_and_Waldorf - 2011-05-22 18:02

      President Mazibuko? Or President Maimane? DA - unlike ANC - has many competent black leaders.

      Enuff - 2011-05-23 09:28

      Isn't it amazing that contemplation of DA succession reveals exciting, positive options while contemplation of ANC succession ..... eish!

      chiefbambath - 2011-05-23 10:20

      DA being led by a black person will be the parties death, whites who vote for DA do so cause of its leadership skin colour

      AmandaWhereTo - 2011-05-23 10:56

      Well Lindiwe might be good but as someone pointed out, she won't even be 40 in 2019 so she might be a bit wet behind the ears for a President at that stage. Maybe one day though. The other issue is that I don't mind voting for a competent black person, but many white DA supporters probably will which will dilute the party base. But I suppose black support will increase to fill that void.

  • KPActivities - 2011-05-22 10:57

    Tik Tok, Tik Tok

      JohnnyBB - 2011-05-24 09:37

      ....The majority of the ANC voters vote for the ANC because they are scared of the tokkelosh and the ancestor gosts... ...shame, so primitive......!! ...only in Africa...!! ........he he he he he he he ...!!!

  • Shivermetimb - 2011-05-22 11:01

    The ANC did so badly because they followed a strategy of racial polarisation for this election (using Malema as a conduit). Unfortunately, the consequence was to awaken the White, Coloured, and Indian voters who as a consequence of this vote now beleive they actualy can make a difference. Most of these non-Black voters previously either believed they could not make a differnce, or were indifferent to the ANC. The race card was a bad move on the part of the ANC, but in the end quite likely a very good one for SA. Because although the ANC is unlikely to actually lose an election, they do now face the risk that that can happen. What an interesting space to watch!

      World Traveler - 2011-05-22 11:23

      The anc played the race card. They have no other cards to play except blind party loyalty. And that will evaporate in time. There could be more splits in the anc. Do not write COPE off, could be a conduit for ex-anc voters, first step to COPE or NFP in KZN, second step to DA.

      Democrat - 2011-05-22 11:32

      Wait until the ANC, Cosatu and the SA Communist part split and go their own ways. That will make the South African political scene interesting.

      HopefulXpat - 2011-05-22 12:45

      Exactly Shivermetimb, the ANC has gone directly against Nelson Mandela's vision of a united South Africa by selling blatant, racist lies to their uneducated supporters base. Their description of the DA as a 'white party' with a 'madam' as head is not only fundamentally untrue, but also promotes racial intolerance which should have subsided long ago. But yes, this is good. The ANC have now well and truly crossed the line. Opposition now has enough firepower based on basic ethics and morals to make life very difficult for the ruling party.

      tryanything - 2011-05-22 14:49

      Yes they are going to have to shift When somebody (like Lindiwe) picks up The current Mother of the nation Helens job. Might just be Black..

      Tc - 2011-05-22 15:10

      Quite right. The ANC-racism is no longer an option. Black people are not so stupid to keep on believing that ANC-rubish. What is equally disturbing is the discrimination and insulting of women that is becoming so obvious from that Malema guy!

  • Grant - 2011-05-22 11:04

    The ANC honcho's know very well that they have an electorate comprising mostly uneducated and superstitious people who will vote emotionally rather than intellectually. Without all the religious and ancestral blackmail they would have got a lot less votes. This electorate will not stay this way for much longer and as the latest crop of lies is exposed and non=deliverance continues, the ANC will be under much greater pressure come the national elections.

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-05-22 12:01

      Actually, I think the ANC strategy contributed to the decline in support amongst black people as well. One cannot treat a person's belief system with disdain, and not experience a backlash. I don't think that the ANC "usurping" the authority to speak for God and the ancestors sits well with the people who treasure these beliefs. We should not assume people are idiots simply because we do not believe as they do.

      Tc - 2011-05-22 15:15

      Grant, in this election we can clearly see that Black people are not that 'uneducated and superstitious'. Many thousands of them are breaking free from the ANC-rubish and insults. They are chosing to make up their own minds. I am proud of them. There is now a feeling of hope for the future, for all of us.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-05-22 11:05

    ANC wins, but... - expect crime to continue - expect corruption to continue - expect poor service delivery to continue - expect poor accountability to continue - expect poverty to get worse - expect health and education standards to get worse - expect ministers to look after their pockets - expect nothing, but you will pay more for it - Eish, expect what you voted for.... Yebo, your vote, your choice.

      World Traveler - 2011-05-22 11:25

      Great Expectations! Ouch!

      Rupesh - 2011-05-22 11:29

      I think service delivery could improve in some ANC wards. Especially in those where they have a slim majority. Now there is a real threat to those ward members losing in the next elections. Our healthy opposition is a good enough threat to ANC (at least in some wards).

      subjective-denotation - 2011-05-22 11:48

      come on, be serious. was the DA going to, somehow miraculously make SA perfect place. grow up!

      HappyLoner - 2011-05-22 12:42

      @sub-den Maybe not perfect, but a helluva lot better for sure!

      Sived - 2011-05-22 13:40

      Hau, Baas Mike we've been promised job creation by the President. You must be telling too many lies

      tryanything - 2011-05-22 14:52

      The ANC might even catch a wake up. They might even get rid of this Absolutely USELESS Jhb Metro pig force..

      nn.prv - 2011-05-23 08:42

      So the DA wins Cape Town BUT loses in all the other provinces . 24% is still a dismall performance in any election and there is no sugarcoating it.COPE had a chance of integrating the electorate but oops ! Our opposition parties are just selfish and power hungry.They must unite and give a credible challenge to the ANC or else continue to glorify mediocrity.

      Hardtail - 2011-05-23 08:44

      Actually mike, if the anc analyse the results of the election, see the trends, and do some soul searching, they may actually start to deliver. If they do that, and it is not yet too late...then they may make up the lost votes, if however, they continue to live in denial, their in-action will play into the hands of their political opponents. Another reason why the anc lost the support they did, was their electioneering tactics using race, insults and veiled references of us and you. A different fact to consider, the record of delivery in certain key areas of this country by opposition, makes their immediate neighbours ask questions...the kind of questions that the ANC cannot reply to...The challenge for the opposition is now to DELIVER to these new areas, these new supporters, and in 5 years, the ANC neighbours, having seen for themselves what DELIVERY is, will also abandon the support the opposition. Because, it is fine to believe in a dream, but if that dream does not materialize, you do wake up sooner rather than later. So, i hope that the opposition actually manages to DELIVER, because, actions speak louder than words.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-05-24 09:30

      ....ANC = powerful in numbers, .....otherwise useless....

  • 1SAIBn88 - 2011-05-22 11:05

    "hard at work trying to figure out why" Ha ha ha, that's a difficult one! Gonna take a while to figure that one out!

      ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-22 12:56

      Good one bro. Freaking mind boggeling

      whatashame - 2011-05-22 16:37

      They going to set up an internal committee to see where they have gone wrong. More millions to spend. I'll tell them for free!!!.

  • Eliza.bethB100 - 2011-05-22 11:10

    Thanks Adriaan... good article..

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-22 11:11

    Well done DA! Not there yet but we do not want to peak too soon. Let the anc stew in their historical stew a bit longer. They will be at each others throats! Trouble is, they could get dangerous through desperation. The next elections are vitally important!

  • AJ - 2011-05-22 11:15

    Most of the ANC's support is a vote for the party's past. Very few vote for it based on the party's current performance and even less it's future. History books (solely) should record this country's past. The fact that the majority rely on the ballot box in the present to do this (to their own detriment) stopped being tragic a couple of elections ago and to be honest has started becoming comical. It also shows a fundamental misunderstanding of what an election is all about. Elections are an opportunity to choose a better future, and to hold incumbents to account; elections are NOT an opportunity to prove loyalty, the fact the ballot is SECRET anyway is proof enough of this concept.

      Rupesh - 2011-05-22 11:31

      This is not entirely true. ANC has brought in benefits to many people. It is just that these benefits are largely funded by tax payers like me. I spoke to a black DA supporter whose husband is voting for the ANC. She told me about all the benefits he has received from the ANC in terms of social and educational grant. You and I may think that free hand-out is wrong, but he has a very valid reason for voting for them. Because of those hand-outs, he has now a degree from one of the best universities in SA and a life full of opportunities where he will now pay into the tax pool.

      AJ - 2011-05-22 11:43

      @Rupesh - one can trot out benefits brought about by the ANC, no doubt. But based on what we see in financial management and service delivery, one can argue that the DA for example would have done so much more with the same amount at its disposal. Slight progress, is still progress, but that does ont make it an acceptable outcome, when so much more ought to have been done. IN the end it has been a huge failure nonetheless. It should not be rewarded at the polls, by those who are were in most need of the very best effort over the last 15 years...

      AJ - 2011-05-22 11:52

      @Rupesh - essentially what I am saying to go back to your example, is that when a party supported by tens of millions needs an exception to be rolled out as proof of the effort then something is wrong. In fact I suspect the success of the man in your example started out well before the ANC got involved, there is clearly other positive influences there. Millions receive these grants, similarly, now, the vast majority will have a totally different outcome. I am more liable to heap praise on the individual not the ANC for his outcome. He should be smart enough to know that too in fact. And his vote (as per my point) is to say thanks for the past, but not a vote for the future of the rest of the country - hence my initial comment.

      tk - 2011-05-22 11:57

      I would agree, the ANC has done a lot for this country, and they definitely did provide basic services to many people and improved their lives. My question is, how well would other political parties have faired? It was good to have ANC start the changes in this country, and put in policies to benefit the previously wronged, and I am sure another political party will be forced to continue with these policies if they take over, especially if they want to stay in power. But, I believe another political party or parties can now take over and make these policies actually work in a sustainable manner, and maybe remove a few that holds the country back in the long run such as friendlyness towards investors, and maybe make changes to the AA/EE policies so that they are not 100% relying on demographics, but say only 80% and in doing so allow freedom to let the best candidate have a possibility of getting the job.

      World Traveler - 2011-05-22 14:43

      @Rupesh ... Wrong! Any party in government would give some sort of social grant to the various deserving citizens. If the governing party is more efficient and less corrupt the social grants would probably be higher. The anc is getting undeserved credit for giving sub-standard service.

  • theprodigy - 2011-05-22 11:25

    The ANC will drop below 50 % in the next Local Election (2016)...the DA will slowly but surely strenghten, the ANC will become even more desperate, racist & intolerant, within 7 years the ANC will lose power. They will then be forced to transform & we will have a real democracy for the 1st time.

      Ndlovu - 2011-05-22 11:46

      Yebo... it takes time.. it grow's slow. but it grow's!

      whatashame - 2011-05-22 14:18

      Hopefully - but we need Cope to resurrect itself now that it has got the ANC moles out. Not a big fan of Lekota though - he has also had a shady past in the ANC, but judging by the 62% of the population voting for ANC, corruption and fraud does not seem to bother them much. Cope should work hard now to give their supporters a new confidence. In that way we get DA as well as Cope and this will reduce the majority a lot quicker. Hopefully the NFP can grow as well. Ideally it should be ruling party with 1 strong opposition, but perhaps for the next elections we need 2 or 3 strong alternatives. So far I am supporting DA because of their clean governance despite the dirty tricks by ANCYL but still open to look at others. ANC based their campaign on racism and dividing a nation as well as spitting on Nelson Mandelas dream so I have no respect for them anymore( Sorry - I still respect ANC policies and ideals but not the majority of current leaders) Racism will never work for me. Hated being on the receiving end so will never be party to doing it to someone else. I wasn't around 350 years ago so I will read the history and learn from it but I certainly won't stay stuck in this victim mentality. I know the past but now I want to see a future. The ANC has adopted the same degrading mentality of the Nats. Keep the masses poor and dependant and create another 'baas' mentality but they will also turn eventually as we did in 76.

      Noitol - 2011-05-22 14:37

      @whatashame: Oh, it bothers them alright, but they are too blindly stupid to link the corruption and fraud to the self-serving money-grubbers they keep voting into office. Perhaps their eyes will open one day, but by then in all probability it may be too late. Cry again, the beloved country!

  • Rodney Emmerich - 2011-05-22 11:37

    The ANC & the captain of the Titanic have the same outlook..........Full speed ahead , phuk the icebergs . Disaster is inevitable!!!!

  • joe - 2011-05-22 11:41

    @shivermetimb & Grant: yes, this does sound exciting but only for as long as the ANC carries on playing by the rules. I suspect that, because their "leadership" consists of ex-freedom fighters and other fools like Malema,instead of politicians, the little Mugabes inside of them will come out into the open once they see that they're in trouble. Then we will unfortunately start seeing the worst they have to offer. Remember, the word "democracy" lies only skin deep with these "leaders".

      whatashame - 2011-05-22 15:12

      Yes Joe agreed - I suspect Winnie will be waiting to bring her necklaces back for the 'traitors'. Perhaps they will even re-introduce the Quattro Camp. History has a bad past for torture even for the ANC but it seems liberation is the only thing people hang onto (like the ANC make us believe that they were the only ones that can claim this victory). Mugabe has done everything possible to all but wipe out his oppostion but he liberated them so he just can just carry on and SA just sit silent and bring in all their people when we can't feed all our own. That country can be prosperous again if they force Mugabe out but they won't because he is seen as a hero. This must be the African way and the African solution. Lets get over ourselves and move on democratically and maturely. This is what we wanted and now that we have it we are wasting it. Power should not be in the hands of the masters in government - it should be in the hands of the people and we can use it wih our vote. Nats - 'baas', ANC - 'Masters' Same thing!!! ANC masters serve and answer to ANC and rule the people. DA serves and answers to the people. Until the ANC understand this concept my vote stays with DA. ANC are not my master and Zille has never claimed to be my 'madam'

  • Benny66 - 2011-05-22 11:41

    Where is malema now that the "madame" and the "tea lady" have thoroughly whipped his ass?

      Tc - 2011-05-22 15:35

      Malema and Manyi and the others are in conference, planning their next racist attacks and some more meaningless rhetoric. They are also working out who to blame for their rejection at the poll by thinking Black people - maybe blame the media, or apartheid? And, if time allows, some 'farmer shooting'?

      Marlene - 2011-05-23 09:37

      Perhaps Malema should think about cleaning up his act - thinking before he speaks. He has made comments that clearly show his lack of education and professionalism: what can you expect from a man who's public CV reads like this: Malema successfully completed his secondary school education at age 21 after failing Grades 8 and 9. [10][11] His poor school performance has been attributed to his obsession with political activism.[12] If my kids were members of ANCYL I would be seriously worried.

  • Perfume - 2011-05-22 11:42

    I like I like the DA's support has grown, come 2014 it will be a different story!!!!! Well done Helen, Patricia and Lindiwe!!

  • Ndlovu - 2011-05-22 11:44

    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! Go well, my loved SA!!!!!!

      edward.abrahams - 2011-05-22 13:45

      Beautiful words, Ndlovu...

      World Traveler - 2011-05-22 14:50

      @ Ndlovu ... Right on, like an elephant, we will go forward. The anc will be vanquished! It will take time.

  • louwen - 2011-05-22 11:46

    The problem with democracy is that it only takes 2 idiots to out vote one person with insight to the problems in this country

  • Huey Freeman - 2011-05-22 11:51

    The rumours of the ANC's demise are much exaggerated. The press will focus on an angle that sells papers. 62% is still an overwhelming majority. The ANC have time to regroup and come up with new strategies. We (the general public) may hope those new strategies include a focus on clean governance, financial control and quality. With the level of influence from the left, that seems unlikely, rather a focus on more legislation, more rhetoric and more poor economic policy. Say what you like about the DA, but their growth in support will either get the ANC to clean up its act or go the ZANU route. We hope sanity prevails.

      Marcell - 2011-05-22 12:12

      The only thing the ancESTORS can clean up is the state funds.

      Sapere Aude - 2011-05-22 16:11

      Remember, this isn't the first election after which the ANC lost a little support... they lost a few percent after the last National elections too. DA in 2019 is going to be a heavyweight contender!

  • saliem - 2011-05-22 11:57

    Lindiwe Mazibuko is an obvious successor to Zille, but expect some improvement from the ANC - they are unlikely to continue with a "business as usual" approach after this. The main thing I hope for is that it will lead to better service delivery for all... irrespective of who governs!

      Marcell - 2011-05-22 12:11

      I agree. The ancESTORS stealing will become more urgent and desperate as their time is running out.

      Mamma Mia - 2011-05-23 00:16

      The ANC dont have any bright, intelligent ones. The DA have a lot of bright, intelligent people like Lindiwe. The ANC will always have mamparras leading them.

      BigD - 2011-05-23 07:16

      @mamma mia. many young people voted for the anc. Not all are stupid. The problem is we see the old cardres and the malema's in the forfront of the anc. That gives the impression of the party in general. I think the anc will insist that the ancyl gets an educated leadership, one that can compare with the youth we see in the DA. That will turn around some of the negetive publicity of the anc. On Debra's show on etv, the DA and Cope ladies were very good, then we saw the lady from the anc, a whole level lower.

  • solly - 2011-05-22 12:03

    Get ready for more insults towards the DA. The DA is going to have a tough time with the ANC now... Watch Malema go balistic.... Go DA go!!!!

      Tc - 2011-05-22 15:40

      When I look at Malema growling his no-logic rhetoric and cliches, then I wonder.. whether his breath smells with the cr@p he talks?

      booboo - 2011-05-22 21:18

      Yes Stimorol should be his sponsor whenever he has courage enought to do a live tv debate with the DA

  • Scaramouche - 2011-05-22 12:08

    The times they are a changing

      solly - 2011-05-22 12:30

      the ANC will have to face the music,!!?

  • Marcell - 2011-05-22 12:12

    'majority of municipalities in KZN' will now have no service!

      henri.cloete - 2011-05-22 12:22

      Marcell, although I haven't been in Natal in the last three years (and then it was only to the north western part), from what I gather the service in the rural parts of the province can't really become much worse than it already is.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-22 14:38

      You can't take away whats not there to begin with.

  • Chris - 2011-05-22 12:22

    I bet the ANC supporters won't like this article, but they will just have to face the music. Their support is busy declining and it is a fact. Did they really think that they are untouchable? With people like Malema and other racists leaders I don't foresee a good future for the ANC. Long live DA, you are the reigning party of the future.

  • Sensible One - 2011-05-22 12:31

    Let's make it simple; 23.65 million people were registered to vote, so the actual turnout of voters was 13.66 million people representing a 57.64% turnout. The ANC wins 62% and the DA wins 16.7% = 2 Million votes. 20% of these are Black votes (I assume this means coloureds as well) which means that the total number of blacks/coloureds/indians that voted for the DA = 400,000 people. These votes were mostly cast in the western Cape. Out of a population of 50 Million + people, it's not even 1%. I wouldn't be getting too excited, in fact I am starting think Zuma is right, The ANC will be governing till the end of time!!!! Pack your bags before it's too late.

      pompie1 - 2011-05-22 13:18

      "The ANC wins 62% and the DA wins 16.7%" The DA got 23.9% of the votes. That`s a growth of nearly 50% since 2006. Quite spectacular.

      Achmed - 2011-05-22 13:26

      @Sensible One. Your maths and facts have some fundamental flaws in. Please look at the elction facts . Here are some references.

      Mamma Mia - 2011-05-23 00:21

      The ANC only have mamparras to lead and for followers like you. Get the facts before you comment.

      MustBeCrazy - 2011-05-23 13:40

      @Sensible One. Your 50million+ people, includes the younger generation that cannot vote...Given 7 to 10 years, this generation will obviously vote for no corruption, less crime, proper living standards better service delivery and no racism. The Struggle will be the least incentive to vote at that stage. Think about it... just like you...the ANCs ignorance will be their own demise! Peace Out!

  • Achmed - 2011-05-22 12:38

    The debate between Helen Zille and Gwede Mantashe on "The Justice Factor" on E-TV said it all. Treat yourselves there is a repeat at 17:30 today and 9:30 tomorrow on E-News (dstv channel 403).

  • pompie1 - 2011-05-22 12:43

    Playing the race card was the worst thing to do by the ANC. They have now side-lined most of the non-black vote and these people will never trust them again. Also, I think most people in this country want to live in peace and harmony with thy fellow citizens and the ANC will lose more and more votes as the realisation of this hits home.

      booboo - 2011-05-22 21:24

      Yes - the obliteration of the smaller parties pointed that people in SA still believe in the vision of Mandela, even if the ANC does not anymore. Go DA - take us towards a non-racial society where government create an economic environment conducive to economic growth and personal developments. The ANC, on the other hand limits growth due to heavy handed and ineffective government interference and its muddled freedom-fighting thinking.

  • Griffen - 2011-05-22 13:08

    From 'tea girl' to President - way to go Lindiwe.

      Achmed - 2011-05-22 13:33

      Correction: From educated ethic "tea-girl" to president Unlike From UN-educated, UN ethical, Corrupt, Racist, etc. "goat-herder" to President. What a wonderful SA. Silence!!! I ---- you.

  • scotty scotty - 2011-05-22 13:23

    Zuma has said he would like to increase the ANC support in SA's minority. The ANC need to do the following headed by Zuma as this will be certain to increase it. All the suggestions below have been made by Zuma or senior ANC officials 1) When adressing farmers, be sure to take Malema along and let him repeat his vision of confiscating the land, whites are criminals and stole it. Wrap the meeting up by telling them they will be haunted by ANC ancestors and toyi toyi at the end 2)In KZN, repeat Manyani's comment about Indian's bargaining their way into positions. Wrap the meeting up by telling them they will be haunted by ANC ancestors if they dont vote ANC and toyi toyi at the end 3) In the Western Cape, repeat Manyani's claim that there are too many coloured's, they are stuck in the past and racist. Wrap the meeting up by telling them they will be haunted by ANC ancestors if they dont vote ANC and toyi toyi at the end. 4)When addressing SA business leaders ensure Malema is with so he can repeat his vison of nationalizing business's such as mines and banks. Wrap up the meeting up by telling them they will be haunted by ANC ancestors if they dont vote ANC and toyi toyi at the end. In all the avove cases repeat the ANC held belief that minorities are racist and stuck in the past. Happy electioneering for the next elections.

      scotty scotty - 2011-05-22 13:33

      Regards point 1 also include singing "Kill the boer, kill the farmer" encourage Malema to get the farmers to sing along.

  • Aabels - 2011-05-22 13:34

    I received this new doggy as a present. I tried to call him Julius but he protested. Now I call him Blackie and he is happy.

  • marco - 2011-05-22 13:42

    We can learn a thing or two from South Africa's American cousins and see American Echoes in South Africa.Following the America's Declaration of Independence(1776),the successful War for Independence(1783)and the U.S. Constitution(1789),the U.S. didn't have a two-party system like we see today.Instead the "Federalists" ruled America from it's inception until 1860.The Republican Party or The Northern Abolitionist Movement was only formed in 1856.Like the DA of South Africa,to Americans the word Republican implies rule of law and protection from a potential tyranny of the majority.Whereas like the ANC wannabes,for the Democrats of America the word Democratic implies the will of the people or the masses.Only as far along as 1864(from 1776)did America eventually became a two party state.Up until then it was like we were most recently,a one party state-namely the ANC ruling everything everyhere.Up until The Great Depression of 1929 and beyond the Republicans held Presidential power in America for 72 years and the Democrats for only 16 years. The DA needs to do something really big to sway public opinion amongst the 80% black population voters for the 2014 general election.Alexander Hamilton for example created a national bank that came to be known as the Bank of America in July 1791 by convincing George Washington swiftly by penning an opinion of almost 15,000 words presenting his case.Similary the DA can for example tackle the issue of say the record 111 protests against a lack of basic services such as water,sanitation and housing of last year,our country’s 2,700 shanty township menace and pandemic-a real cesspool of filthy living conditions and standards compared to the civilized world.Something really big and massive to make voters sit up and take notice.If Helen and the DA can take something like this and any other issues on who knows what big sway she'll get come 2014 elections.

      tryanything - 2011-05-22 14:45

      So what if the leader of the DA is black.AS long as they make an effort to stand up straight when standing and sit up straight when sitting and deliver the goods.

      booboo - 2011-05-22 21:27

      Even better - farmes and their tractors shouldn't be an election day occurrence. The DA should organise volunteer days for its supporters to better the lives of the poor. No even more, by teaching them to fish instead of living of entitlement.

  • CyberDog - 2011-05-22 14:11

    It is blatantly obvious... The writing is very clear on the wall... The ANC either has to shape up or ship out. The people of South Africa are finally demanding what is their rights. They are demanding that the government they employ actually does what they are paid to do. This is the most impressive sign of democracy in South Africa.. Ever!!! South Africa is Finally growing up. Now we can start having progress, and delivery, regardless who it is from.

      allie - 2011-05-22 14:25

      If you take all the morons that didn`t know what voting means,off the ANC`s role,they would have lost by far.

      Mamma Mia - 2011-05-23 00:28

      If the ANC have any decency, they would withdraw from politics. It will be the right thing to do, because they are useless and corrupt.

      chiefbambath - 2011-05-23 10:36

      and still the ANC tops, whites cant stop talking about my party.

  • Doublepost - 2011-05-22 14:27

    I personally feel it is shocking to state that the leader of the DA would probably be black by 2019! That creates an expectation and now the leader WILL have to be black by 2019 or the DA will lose votes. I don't really care who leads, as long as they are competent! I also hate the idea that it's some how wrong to have a White leader?! As if this is NOT allowed and Whites must forever be lead by others not of their race. The DA is just a party to me, they are not my leaders. I will lead myself and will stand by my morals and ethics. If the DA have those same ethics and morals, great, but if they screw the White vote like they are currently doing, just to gain coloureds, indians and blacks. They can take a hike! I don't mind them trying to work for all but then they must pick a leader based on merit, truth and work ethic and Whites MUST be given the same chance to lead as everyone else!! If they choose a "token" black, coloured or indian, then they are no better than the ANC?!

      Christy - 2011-05-22 23:34

      I get the feeling that when (not if) the da has a black leader, detractors like yourselves while be screaming "tokenism" however qualified they are. it is absolutely vital that the da grooms a black leader if they are to have any chance whatsoever of beating the anc in the next 8 years. Only once we are a more mature democracy will race not be a factor amongst the majority of the electorate.

      AJ - 2011-05-23 00:57

      The fact that the colour of the party leader plays sucn an important role in terms of providing some sort of credibility to the man on the street, only highlights the immaturity of the voters, and enforces the idea that it is all about the chief, and no-one else, which is hardly democratic and an attitude that is largely to blame for so much of the 'mis-rule' we see in Africa. Grow up..

      Unskinny Bob - 2011-05-23 17:21

      DA's black leader will be called a coconut puppet for the white minority. Witgevaar knows no bounds.

  • Mark - 2011-05-22 14:50

    can u believe that the anc are saying this "backroom operators were hard at work trying to figure out what caused the party’s national ­support to drop" <-- i mean really.. can they really not figure it out?!!??!!? duh

      tryanything - 2011-05-24 04:41

      Backroom operator is a chimp with a dart board and flight.. Whoops missed that one try another.

  • Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 15:10

    Media will always campaign against the ANC. We all know who they are trying to potray as the hero here. Let's compare apples with apples, how many people voted for ANC in 2006 and how many in 2011 and that should give you the real picture. How many people voted DA in 2006 and how many voted I'd in 2006. Add that together and then compare to the votes DA got in 2011 and remember those include ID voters. In a neutral media analysis, I'd will always be counted as some of those new DA voters. Its interting why ID is never mentioned anywhere when it has contributed to DA results.

      ANC-FTL - 2011-05-23 13:58

      put it this way mate the ANC lost alot more voters to the DA than the DA lost to it - what does that tell you? That the media are doing a better JOB? HAHA

  • SoulDaddy - 2011-05-22 15:37

    it's not long before the roles will be reversed from now (ANC all over, Western Cape DA) It'll be the country under DA rule and Kwazulu Natal the one province ruled under the opposition ANC. Only difference is whereas the WC is under DA rule because of it's delivery and accountability, KN will be under ANC rule because of gullability and kak like beliefs in ancestors coming to get you

      int1m1d4t0r - 2011-05-22 21:37

      It is fine.. with the number of fresh graves stacking up in KZN everyday , they wont have anybody to support them by the time 2019 comes around.. there is a silent killer in their midst, no one wants to admit it, but it is taking 50% of the under educated... I have a number of friends who work at government hospitals and easily 50% of young townships girls who are having babies have HIV/AIDS..

  • amos - 2011-05-22 15:52

    Bla bla bla most comments here are from disgruntled whites. Believe what you want to believe from the slanted media reports. These media too are white financed and controlled. The ANC lost overall 4% support from 66% to 66%. Its an insignificant drop. ANC still has an overwhelming majority..

      SoulDaddy - 2011-05-22 16:03

      typical ANC propaganda. you lose 4% from 66 to 66. Only in Africa.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 16:14

      They also forget to mention ANC got more votes than they did in 2006, just count how many people voted in 2006 and how many in 2011 and get the picture.

      SoulDaddy - 2011-05-22 16:20

      yeah, percentages are too difficult for them to grasp

      chiefbambath - 2011-05-23 10:44

      afrikaners will never rule this country again

      middelvinger - 2011-05-23 15:01

      And lost control of a host of municipalities. I suppose that is what this election was all about - control of municipalities

      thebee - 2011-05-23 17:05

      Insignificant? Are you worried and trying to hide it?

  • Human - 2011-05-22 16:54

    Putting a black leader won't help. Most of whites will no longer vote for the DA. They will rather go for FF Plus. That’s how I know them.

      int1m1d4t0r - 2011-05-22 21:38

      Obviously you do not live in the WCape.. whites who dont want to vote for DA can suffer with the blacks who vote for the ANC.. and in my book are just as stupid as the blacks voting for the ANC

      Mamma Mia - 2011-05-23 00:36

      to int1m1d4t0r: Agree the whites in the ANC are just as stupid as the racist ANC

  • Mmoledi - 2011-05-22 16:54

    For the ruling party to win is a right and nice thing for South African black majority and the poor people of this country, so even though they lost some percentages in some places this is a lesson for them that working for people who put them on power is good and must respect it otherwise if people does not get services then they will end up getting tired and changing direction and that is where they will end up in trouble because one vote of a person is very important as if one party got 40 votes then the other party which is opposition get 41 then they are the one who won and will rule this country so the ruling party must start to respect voters while there is still time and not to regret at the end, the words that were said by Minister of sports were not good it shows that they careless of voters,he can not openly say they careless of those who does not going to vote as those who went to vote their votes will be the one to be counted even if they are thirty and the winner will then win,it shows that they do not care of problems people have which is service deliveries, so at the end they may lose some votes and that can end up the ruling party lose some big municipalities next time and at the end the national government.

  • Joe - 2011-05-22 17:11

    Jesus DA, a black leader?? Has the ANC's incompetence not taught you anything about that??

      Human - 2011-05-22 17:45

      Exactly, Joe. I made a right joice for voting the ANC.

      Mamma Mia - 2011-05-23 00:38

      Jesus DA??? How about Joe DA???

      joe - 2011-05-23 09:23

      I don't know who you are and I don't know how you manage to write under my name, but I want to make it clear to everyone out there that I distance myself from your comments.

  • Radrodent - 2011-05-22 17:11

    Amos, I know why you're so negative...Your maths is pathetic.

  • My2c - 2011-05-22 17:14

    Vir die 20% swart voters van DA: Gaan elk en oorreed nog 2 maaitjies om dit ook te doen

  • Sikhumbuzo - 2011-05-22 17:31

    DA have made no onroads in the ANC strongholds it has won the areas once controlled by the Independant Democrats (ID). The assumption that the DA has made astrides is misleading, the DA and its leader Madam Zille must acknowledge that their merger with ID helped them to go beyond 20% nationally. Patriots and democratic minded South Africans will never vote for the party that promotes the ideals of the defunct National Party; even Helen Joseph is turning in her grave while Colin eglin is worried about the use of the word democatic by such a right wing party. I am also concerned about the so called black voters because in Austerville, Went worth and Adherville loaves of breads and fifty to hundred rands sent people to the poling stations to vote DA. Lindiwe Mazibuko must complete her research on opposition parties in South Africa and give us result. Being now a member of the DA does not mean she must neglect her intellectual obligation.

      Graham - 2011-05-22 20:50

      Go home - your village is missing their idiot! You mention research - its a big word for yu but why not try doing some on Helen Zille and then maybe you will be enlightened!

      DW - 2011-05-22 20:58

      1)There were many thousands more voters who voted in this election than the previous municipal election. 2) The ANC got 4% less of the vote than the previous municipal election. 3) 4% of a bigger voter base is many thousands This means that many thousands who voted ANC last time did not vote for this them time. Pray tell, if it was not DA who got their votes, who did? The Easter Bunny?

      int1m1d4t0r - 2011-05-22 21:49

      Even if the DA didnt make such huge strides with the black people.. the White vote has woken up... this is the first election where I had to wait for more than an hour to vote in my white suburb... My maid worked for on voting day.. I said to her.. 'Are you going to vote?' , she said: 'Zuma is not going to give me R150 and it does not matter if I vote or not, the township will still be a mess' so suck it from the bottom, us whites know that the ANC screws the blacks over more than the whites, also here is a little reality check, do some research and work out the mechanics of this country before running your mouth... the majority of tax payers are no the ANC's township supporters.. remember that.. remember where the money is coming from... follow the trail.. 2019.. it will all change. It sucks for so many to still have to be dependent... and that dependency is going to be the end of the ANC and this country born again as a powerful giant, watch us come , racist cronies will be crushed... The real Revolution is starting now... remember 19th May 2011.. when we are standing at the top of the steps, not waving ANC flags, but our South African flags,... as one... This country started in Cape Town, and we are busy rebirthing it in Cape Town, and there is no need to fear, we bring light and hope... unlike what the ANC stands for. Viva South Africa

      Mamma Mia - 2011-05-23 00:41

      Your mamparra!! She wins 133 councils from the ANC and only loses 5 to them. ANC only have mamparras for followers!!

  • Valkyrie - 2011-05-22 17:47

    Isn't KZN where they were promising free houses by the sea???? By the increase in votes, it looks like the gullibles fell for the ANC lies once again!

  • Sifiso - 2011-05-22 18:12

    ANC is celebrating 100 years of existence next year & over the number of years ANC has prove beyond resoanable doubt that it can cleanse itself. majority of south african voted ANC in the local goverment election & it won overwhelmingly. ANC has realise were it went wrong & ANC is going back to a drawing board to fix the minor set back that has saw DA fooling our people in thinking that it can do better than the ANC. the history & depth of ANC will have it power for a very long time.

      sparky1 - 2011-05-22 19:51

      Listen Sifiso, corruption is like cancer , it does not just go away , it has to be cut out and destroyed , it will take a great leader to do this, at this time the ANC does not have or will in the near future have such a leader, so we all hope South Africa survives long enough for such a leader to emerge, God bless South Africa because we need it.

      int1m1d4t0r - 2011-05-22 21:51

      Keep on thinking that buddy... I bet you have a collection of free t-shirts.. they branded you so they can drive the Mercedes.. enjoy the dirt while they eat the cake... hahaha

      Mamma Mia - 2011-05-23 00:45

      Another mamparra branded with a T-shirt!!!

      Enuff - 2011-05-23 09:56

      So the ANC reckon the problem was their campaign?? Ok, so we'll suffer through the next 3 years while the ANC plans their party and nurses their hangover, then come 2014 - mwa ha ha ha ha! Can't wait!!!! Viva anyone other than the ANC, Viva!

      DW - 2011-05-23 10:14

      Sifiso they lost ground in the last government election too. At that stage Zuma promised in his election speeches that he was going to tackle corruption and that anyone who was guilty of it would be dealt with accordingly. So much for that promise. They forget all about their promises as soon as they are back in power. The next time that they remember that they are there to provide a service to their voters and not to line their own pockets is in the run up to the next election.

      Sanity - 2011-05-23 10:55

      Chap, your line of reasoning is skewed; "(aNC has realise were it went wrong & ANC is going back to a drawing board to fix the minor set back)" How often has the anc being going back to the drawing board over thepast 12years? What have they been 'drawing' all along since they've been in power? They must just stop 'drawing' and start working, period!!!

  • karel.vorster - 2011-05-22 18:40

    On Friday, DA leader Helen Zille told City Press that her party was preparing to govern South Africa after the 2019 national election, by which time “in all probability” it would be led by a black leader. WTF? If what the DA says is true, who cares whether is a black or white or pink leader? We want a leader that can LEAD... Not one that lives off the fat off the land, which is what most politicians do, eitherway. Prove me wrong...

      DW - 2011-05-22 20:53

      karel, you are right to an extent. We dont care what colour the person is who leads as long as they lead and dont drag this country down. However many blacks do care what colour their leader is and Helen Zille being white has been a disadvantage to the DA, as excellent a leader as she is. I have to wonder, if DA had a black leader this time round, what ammunition would ANC have used against them. Mandela's health can't be used as a bribe indefinitely and using racism wont work if the DA has more black representation. I have a huge amount of respect for Zille but change has to come to the demographics in order to reach the masses of blacks who see only colur thanks to the ANC

  • sparky1 - 2011-05-22 19:45

    It just occurred to me reading some of these replies that our education system is in for a hard time , as the ANC must realize educating the masses makes it more likely that they will see the ANC for the catastrophe they are and vote for someone else , hence keep the masses uneducated . (shame)

      int1m1d4t0r - 2011-05-22 21:55

      Why do you think our education system is so bad... because they want the township people to stay stupid so they can keeping on eating the cake. It is indeed fact and well known that it is part of the ANC's strategy to stay in power by destroying the education system. This is why OBE was introduced, in order to truly destroy the education system and set it back 15 years. Disgusting but true. The current ANC leadership is truly evil in what they are doing to the poor people of South Africa.

  • nuclear - 2011-05-22 20:45

    This is such a poorly written article. In one sentence, KZN showed an almost double increase, but in the next paragraph they say,'the ANC’s support in all nine provinces has declined, the DA grew in all.' Contradict yourselves much.