The campaign to succeed President Jacob Zuma has moved up a notch with two presidential hopefuls launching their campaigns in the Eastern Cape this weekend. Yesterday Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu confirmed that she was still considering whether or not...
An Eastern Cape man facing two counts of murder after a savage mob-justice attack in 2013 shocked a court when he revealed that he was recently elected as an African National Congress (ANC) ward councillor. The Herald (www.heraldlive.co.za) reported on Friday...
The African National Congress’ national executive committee meeting will focus on the election outcomes which saw the party support decline‚ the party’s secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. “We will look at all those statistic and what are implications...
Voters in the mining-wracked Xolobeni area on the Wild Coast have brought change into the political mix. Activists yesterday said the voting pattern in the recent local government elections had strengthened their anti-mining cause. The IEC results dashboard showed three red...
Who can form a government in Johannesburg? The ANC has the most votes‚ but there are several scenarios in which it could be unseated by an opposition coalition. These are the number of seats won by the parties in the...
With no party winning a clear majority in Nelson Mandela Bay‚ Tshwane and Joburg‚ these metros — and several other councils — are likely to be governed by coalitions. How do they work? 1. If no party wins more than...
President Jacob Zuma’s address to the nation following the announcement of the 2016 local government elections was marred by a silent protest by a group of women, harking back to the rape case against him before he took office. Four...

DA wins Tshwane

The Democratic Alliance has won the City of Tshwane. Just after 1pm‚ all votes had been counted and the DA led with 43.11% followed by the ANC with 41.22 and the EFF with 11.7%. This is the first metro in Gauteng...
While the Electoral Commission (IEC) registered 3.3 million potential voters, only 1.8 million people turned up to vote in the Eastern Cape. IEC provincial head Thami Mraji yesterday said of the 1.8 million votes, 67% of them went to the...
It’s back to the drawing board for the ANC after having suffered humiliating setbacks in three major metros – Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and Johannesburg – in this week’s local government elections. The election belonged to the DA who are...
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has won a number of wards in in Seshego‚ the hometown of commander-in-chief Julius Malema. The red berets’ leader took to social media on Friday morning‚ as official local government elections vote counting was nearing...
Independent candidates contesting elections in Buffalo City Metro (BCM) were dealt a heavy blow when they failed to win a single seat. None of the 22 independents managed to make a significant impact during Wednesday’s elections after losing in all...
Jesus has returned and was “spotted” in the newly Democratic Alliance Nelson Mandla Bay metro on Thursday night. As the outgoing African National Congress (ANC) had all but conceded defeat in the contested Windy City‚ former Congress of SA Trade...
Results trickling in overnight highlighted a titanic battle in the key metros of Tshwane and Johannesburg between the African National Congress (ANC) and Democratic Alliance (DA) for control of the country’s capital city and economic powerhouse. The numbers continued to...
Poll results reflecting an erosion of support for the African National Congress (ANC) in key parts of the country could deal a body blow to President Jacob Zuma. Support for the party has dipped below 60% nationally for the first...
ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has told the Sunday Times that the ANC will withdraw the dispute over the Nelson Mandela Bay elections as it was “not worth it“. Earlier on Thursday‚ the party lodged a dispute with the Independent Electoral...
The ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay has lodged a dispute with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) over alleged voting irregularities. The party’s regional task team coordinator‚ Bheza Ntshona‚ said it had raised concerns about a “systematic attempt to manipulate the...
United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa has been defeated by the African National Congress in his home Ward 22‚ Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape. “That ward is Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa’s land‚ so they beat me at home. If a...
The Democratic Alliance (DA) is “quite excited” about the “incredible growth” it has shown in the 2016 local government election‚ its leader Mmusi Maimane said at the Electoral Commission of SA’s (IEC’s) operations centre in Tshwane on Thursday. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6WJD-3JzQo] “We...
This election can best be described as a hamburger. Think three layers: bottom roll‚ the meat and top roll and you’ve got it. South Africa’s electoral map looks increasingly like the three-layered American delicacy. At the bottom is the DA roll extending...
President Jacob Zuma’s bold prediction that he would soon be living in an ANC-run municipality has fallen flat. Results issued by the Electoral Commission at 2pm Thursday show that the Inkatha Freedom Party has comprehensively won the municipality‚ obtaining 54%...
The election commission has set a deadline to announce results for all Eastern Cape municipalities, provincial head Thami Mraji announced at midday today. Mraji said 61% of Buffalo City Metro results had been completed by midday and in Nelson Mandela Metro...
Elza van Lingen is rolling up her sleeves‚ anticipating a lot of hard work during her stint as the first Democratic Alliance (DA) mayor of the rural Kouga Municipality in the Eastern Cape. “We have got to clean up Kouga...
The DA has lost a ward in Buffalo City Metro to the ANC, the latest official elections commission results show. This will see ANC provincial communications officer Pindile Miza become Ward 3 Councillor, a ward which covers Southernwood, Braelyn Heights, Milner Estates...
The African National Congress (ANC) has all but conceded early defeat in the Cape Town metro where the Democratic Alliance (DA) is looking at a landslide victory.  By 11am the DA was looking at an outright majority‚ with 69% of...
Beaufort West‚ led by controversial mayor Truman Prince‚ has fallen to the Democratic Alliance (DA) which obtained 49.25% of the municipal election vote.  The African National Congress (ANC)‚ according to preliminary poll results‚ retained 42.23% of the vote and smaller...
The Western Cape results have been “truly spectacular”‚ former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille said at the Election Commission of SA (IEC) results centre on Thursday.  “I’m delighted with them‚ and it looks as if there’s more good news...
The counting process in Nelson Mandela Bay is nearing completion with 95% of the voting stations counted by 7am‚ the Electoral Commission (IEC) has confirmed.  Party representatives from the African National Congress (ANC)‚ Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters...
Despite not being able to vote on special voting days after their names did not appear on the special voters’ roll, senior citizens in the Buffalo City Metro braved the cold weather to go and cast their votes yesterday. BCM experienced...
When IEC officials failed to knock on 83-year-old Nombuyiselo Mbengo’s home to allow her to cast her vote on Tuesday, she got up yesterday and, despite a bent back, picked up her stick and hobbled to her local voting...
All eyes are on the hotly contested Nelson Mandela Metro today where the ruling ANC is going neck-and-neck in a race against the Democratic Alliance. Tallied votes by 8.30am, had DA with the majority of votes in the metro also...
Former ANC PR councillor John Badenhorst will not return to council as a portfolio head of finance after more than 15 years in the position because he did not make the mayoral list. But he’s not settling back into a...
A presiding officer and his deputy were fired in Mthatha yesterday after being found to have influenced two special voters at a polling station on Tuesday. Provincial elections commission head Thami Mraji said concerned residents at Maweni voting station in...
There were few serious incidents to mar yesterday's local government elections across the country, although the freezing, rainy and windy conditions played havoc with voter turnout in many districts of the Eastern Cape. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) national centre announced...
An anonymous letter threatening people not to vote in the Nkandla area caused a stir amid otherwise peaceful polls in President Jacob Zuma’s hometown. The hand-written letter in Zulu‚ which was sent to Tiso Black Star Group Digital‚ reads in...
The local government elections have not been without their drama‚ even in the leafy suburb of Killarney. An unidentified man had to be escorted from the Killarney Country Club after heckling former president Kgalema Motlanthe. The man‚ in his mid-twenties‚ continuously...
A voter in KwaZulu-Natal died in a queue in Ingwe municipality outside Pietermaritzburg. Electoral commissioner Mawethu Mosery said the voter collapsed on Wednesday morning. “We trust that the family will find strength that the voter died while doing this civic duty‚”...
A presiding officer and his deputy were fired this morning in Mthatha after being found to have influenced two special voters at a polling station on Tuesday. Provincial elections commission head Thami Mraji said concerned residents at Emaweni voting station in...
Archbishop Desmond Tutu hopes that black people use the opportunity to vote‚ as the struggle icon cast his ballot earlier in the Democratic Alliance (DA) stronghold. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT0YPtOWffM] Tutu and wife Leah bypassed the long queue at Milnerton High School in...
An angry opposition councillor in Matatiele local municipality is demanding answers as to why two municipal cars, including one used by the mayor Momelezi Mbedla, were used during a campaign by ANC members on Monday. DA ward councillor Wonga Potwana yesterday...
The South African Council of Churches (SACC) yesterday called on voters not to disrupt today’s elections, as voting is the best way to change one’s living conditions. Acting chief executive of the council, Reverend Cannon Lulama Ntshingwa, said the Eastern Cape...

TODAY’S THE DAY

Results in the most keenly fought election since the dawn of democracy start rolling in this afternoon and by midnight votes in almost all Eastern Cape municipalities should be tallied. Only the results from two big metros, Buffalo City Metro and...
An Eastern Cape election presiding officer died on Monday night. Thanduxolo Ndamase was the presiding officer of a Lusikisiki voting station. Electoral Commission’s spokesman Kate Bapela said Ndamse failed to report for duty on the first day of special voting (on...
ANC stalwarts have urged South African voters to go out and vote for the ruling party on Wednesday. “No other party has the depth, the courage, the experience or the trust of our people to walk the road that has...
A 12000-strong police force has been deployed in the Eastern Cape to protect tomorrow’s eagerly awaited local government election. There were minor glitches yesterday with two voting stations shut down by rain and two by angry service delivery demonstrators and...
The battle to win control of the hotly-contested King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) municipality looks set to be a four-horse race. The ANC, UDM, DA and new kid on the block, the Mthatha Ratepayers and Residents’ Association (MRRA), are all vying...
Take heed of Baleka Mbete’s mistake‚ and make sure you take your ID with you when you heading to polling stations on Wednesday. The African National Congress’ (ANC) national chairperson – and the speaker of the National Assembly — didn’t...
The country’s two biggest opposition parties will be inspecting the Electoral Commission’s (IEC) Results Operation Centre on Tuesday. The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) national spokespersons‚ Phumzile Van Damme and Refiloe Nt’sekhe‚ are scheduled to pay the Pretoria facility a visit at...
A day before voters take to the polls in what has been billed as one of the most highly contested municipal elections in democratic South Africa‚ celebrities are urging citizens to put pen to paper and vote. “We live in...
The Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) decision to relax requirements for those who can register for special votes, has led to the number of applicants countrywide increasing three-fold compared to the 2011 local government elections. Initially, a few categories of eligible...