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ANC close to its first big loss of #LGE2016

04-Aug-2016 16:00:00

In its first big loss of the local government elections in 2016, the ANC is close to losing the key Nelson Mandela Bay metro to the DA.

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04 Aug 23:06
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From News24 editor Adriaan Basson who is at the IEC's headquarters in Pretoria: ANC bigwigs in tense poll discussions

Top ANC leaders were holding tense meetings behind closed doors at the IEC results centre in Tshwane as the ruling party was still polling at less than 50% in five of the country’s eight metropolitan municipalities.

ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize and senior party members Jeff Radebe, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Andries Nel were locked in serious discussions in an IEC boardroom as the party’s Eastern Cape branch announced it was challenging the result in Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.

This after DA leader Mmusi Maimane declared earlier in the day that his party would poll between 46% and 47% in the municipality, making it the largest party in Port Elizabeth.

Although the ANC was far ahead in the national vote with 54% of the support, the party had not yet broken through the 50% mark in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.

In Cape Town, with 83% of votes counted, the ANC was lagging behind with 22.4% of the vote, opening the door for DA-led coalition governments in these metros.

In the photo: In the background (meaning, not the man resting his eyelids in the front!), Jeff Radebe, Zweli Mkhize and Andries Nel can be seen deep in conversation.

04 Aug 22:49
So that settles that...
04 Aug 22:44
04 Aug 22:08

Jesse Duarte has just joined the meeting of ANC leaders at the IEC centre in Tshwane, says Adriaan Basson.

04 Aug 22:02

From News24 editor Adriaan Basson who is at the IEC's headquarters in Pretoria: ANC bigwigs in tense poll discussions

Top ANC leaders were holding tense meetings behind closed doors at the IEC results centre in Tshwane as the ruling party was still polling at less than 50% in five of the country’s eight metropolitan municipalities.

ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize and senior party members Jeff Radebe, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Andries Nel were locked in serious discussions in an IEC boardroom as the party’s Eastern Cape branch announced it was challenging the result in Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.

This after DA leader Mmusi Maimane declared earlier in the day that his party would poll between 46% and 47% in the municipality, making it the largest party in Port Elizabeth.

Although the ANC was far ahead in the national vote with 54% of the support, the party had not yet broken through the 50% mark in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.

In Cape Town, with 83% of votes counted, the ANC was lagging behind with 22.4% of the vote, opening the door for DA-led coalition governments in these metros.

In the photo: In the background (meaning, not the man resting his eyelids in the front!), Jeff Radebe, Zweli Mkhize and Andries Nel can be seen deep in conversation.

04 Aug 21:42

The ANC in the Eastern Cape is now giving a briefing at the IEC centre there. They are lodging a dispute with the IEC due to the ballots found outside.

ANC: We have noticed irregularities and we consider the elections no longer free and fair.

04 Aug 21:28
The ANC in the Western Cape has congratulated the DA for its wins in the province.
04 Aug 21:25
The ANC is about to call a press conference in Nelson Mandela Bay. They are just finishing up a meeting.
04 Aug 21:10
The ANC is about to call a press conference in Nelson Mandela Bay. They are just finishing up a meeting.
04 Aug 21:03
04 Aug 20:56
The IEC says: Nelson Mandela Bay results to be completed tonight [Thursday].
04 Aug 20:55
04 Aug 20:53
Further down south...
04 Aug 20:51
The race in Tshwane is so incredibly tight. The ANC is sitting at 42.87% of the votes counted with the DA almost right next to them at 42.72%. The EFF is third with 10.52% of the votes counted. Fifty-Fourt percent of the votes have thus far been counted.
04 Aug 20:42

Jeff Wicks in Durban reports - The capturing of votes in eThekwini has been suspended and will continue in the morning. IEC spokesperson Thabani Ngwira said that staff had been released and would continue in the morning.

"As I am sure you will understand they have been at this for nearly 48 hours. They will continue in the morning to capture the remaining 20%."

The poll results for KZN's largest Metro had been delayed on Thursday, and will now only be finalized on Friday morning. When staff were relieved, the ANC had 46% and the DA 39%. According to the IEC dashboard, KZN was 85% complete.

04 Aug 20:37
Solly Msimanga from the DA says coalition talks will happen before the end of the week, reports Tshidi Madia.
04 Aug 20:32
Now the ANC have started dancing on the floor at the IEC in Nelson Mandela Bay, reports Thulani Gquirana. Maybe they know something the DA doesn't...
04 Aug 20:28
ANC member and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini telling eNCA she's still feeling positive about the results thus far for her party.
04 Aug 20:13
ANC member and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini telling eNCA she's still feeling positive about the results thus far for her party.
04 Aug 19:36
The picture in Tshwane is much the same where 52% of the vote has been counted.
04 Aug 19:31
The DA is still in the lead in Joburg but by the skin of their teeth - 42.09% to the ANC's 42.02%. Talk about a tight race! Bare in mind though that this is with 58% of the results counted.
04 Aug 19:23
DA leader Mmusi Maimane is speaking live to News24.
04 Aug 19:23
DA leader Mmusi Maimane is speaking live to News24.
04 Aug 19:21
He must be fairly satisfied with his party's results thus far. The party managed to retain the Nkandla ward, among other wins in KZN. 
04 Aug 19:19
And over in the Western Cape:
04 Aug 19:18
This from our reporter in PE:
04 Aug 19:10
The elections continue to be a boost for the economy as well with the Rand outshining global currencies on Thursday.
04 Aug 19:09
DA leader Mmusi Maimane is speaking live to News24.
04 Aug 18:54
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04 Aug 18:37
From our video team - WATCH: Hundreds of marked ballots found behind IEC counting centre in Nelson Mandela Bay
04 Aug 18:29

DA leader Mmusi Maimane announces that they have won Nelson Mandela Bay according to their polling.

But the IEC has yet to finalise its figures. 

04 Aug 18:24
Aaaand just after that update
04 Aug 18:22
Final results for the Western Cape are due to be announced any moment now. News24's Jenna Etheridge will be tweeting live from the IEC centre in Cape Town.
04 Aug 18:20

Cope deputy president Willie Madisha says the party is far from dead, and that they have not "thrown in the towel".

Speaking from the floor of the national IEC operations centre, where political parties have gathered to watch the results from the 2016 municipal elections, he said: "We will be okay, this is only the beginning."

04 Aug 18:19

Cope deputy president Willie Madisha says the party is far from dead, and that they have not "thrown in the towel".

Speaking from the floor of the national IEC operations centre, where political parties have gathered to watch the results from the 2016 municipal elections, he said: "We will be okay, this is only the beginning."

04 Aug 18:13
"This has been a remarkable election. One of the most discussed. Many challenges and risks never materialised" Western Cape IEC head Courtney Sampson says.
04 Aug 18:11
Aaaand just after that update
04 Aug 18:06
Final results for the Western Cape are due to be announced any moment now. News24's Jenna Etheridge will be tweeting live from the IEC centre in Cape Town.
04 Aug 17:52
This is how things look at the moment. The DA still has a narrow lead over the ANC in Johannesburg. Just over a percentage point.
04 Aug 17:43
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04 Aug 17:25

Port Elizabeth – Political parties in Nelson Mandela Bay are fuming after hundreds of ballot papers were discovered exposed in a tent at the back of the regional results centre.

The ballots, marked with ANC, Cope and other party votes, were supposed to have been transported to warehouses, but somehow ended up in the tent.

Cope’s Siyasanga Sijadu said elections should be run free and fairly. “It should not be about wanting to be powerful for 22 years. This is utter nonsense. It is ridiculous. These are our votes here,” she said.

04 Aug 17:15
On Ethekwini, Mamabolo says they started slow on Thursday morning and there was a technical glitch with scanning equipment.
04 Aug 17:10
Mamabolo on Nelson Mandela Bay - we are working hard to declare that municipality this evening.

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