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Mmusi Maimane ‘excited’ about DA’s ‘incredible growth’

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is “quite excited” about the “incredible growth” it has shown in the 2016 local government election‚ its leader Mmusi Maimane...

Xolobeni delivers ‘anti-mining vote’

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...

ANC to withdraw Nelson Mandela Bay objection: Mantashe

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...

Candidate mix-up could force by-election

By SIPHE MACANDA The ANC in Buffalo City Metro might be forced to hold by-elections immediately after the local government elections after it emerged that...
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu votes at Milnerton High School in Cape Town

Archbishop Desmond Tutu hopes that black people use the opportunity to vote‚ as the struggle icon cast his ballot earlier in the Democratic Alliance...

Silent protest during Zuma’s results address

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...

Bantu Holomisa loses his hometown to ANC

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...

Many parties to contest polls for first time

A number of political parties will be contesting the local elections for the first time. Here are brief profiles of them: Abantu Democratic Revolution: The...

EC murder-accused voted in as ward councillor

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...

Why the DA is likely to win the coalition war in...

Who can form a government in Johannesburg? The ANC has the most votes‚ but there are several scenarios in which it could be unseated...

Mbete arrives at polling station without ID

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...

ANC Pindile Miza wins BCM Ward 3 back from the DA

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...

Juju celebrates EFF win in his hometown ward

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...

Election battle hots up in KSD

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...

NEC meeting to focus on election outcome: Mantashe

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...

Nelson Mandela Metro cliffhanger has DA ahead by a hairsbreadth

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....

ELECTION 2016: Coalitions explained in 6 easy points

With no party winning a clear majority in Nelson Mandela Bay‚ Tshwane and Joburg‚ these metros — and several other councils — are likely...

Kouga’s new mayor vows to ‘clean up’ problems the ‘ANC never...

Elza van Lingen is rolling up her sleeves‚ anticipating a lot of hard work during her stint as the first Democratic Alliance (DA) mayor...

Eastern Cape poll presiding officer dies

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...

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...

Voter collapses, dies queuing at polling station

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...

E Cape polling plans all locked and loaded – IEC

It's all systems go for Wednesday’s municipal elections in 4669 voting stations in the Eastern Cape’s 715 wards. Of the 3.3-million registered voters in the province,...

Presiding officers in Mthatha get the boot

A presiding officer and his deputy were fired this morning in Mthatha after being found to have influenced two special voters at a polling...

Man removed from voting station for heckling Motlanthe

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...

Holomisa warns against ANC ‘thieves’ at the polls

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa yesterday warned party agents to be extra vigilant in voting stations during Wednesday’s municipal elections. He cautioned that if they looked...

‘The person who must be most worried is Zuma’: analyst

Poll results reflecting an erosion of support for the African National Congress (ANC) in key parts of the country could deal a body blow...

Elections 2016 like a hamburger: ANC is the meat in the...

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...

Nkandla threat: ‘If you vote‚ tell your family to make funeral...

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...

IEC sets deadline for Eastern Cape municipalities count

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%...

DA way ahead in Nelson Mandela Bay as counting almost completed...

The counting process in Nelson Mandela Bay is nearing completion with 95% of the voting stations counted by 7am‚ the Electoral Commission (IEC) has...

ANC lodges dispute over ‘manipulated’ Nelson Mandela Bay vote

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...

12 000 officers out on election high alert

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...

While you were sleeping: #ElectionResults

Results trickling in overnight highlighted a titanic battle in the key metros of Tshwane and Johannesburg between the African National Congress (ANC) and Democratic...

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...

IEC reveals drop in voter turnout

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...

ANC loses Beaufort West to the DA

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...

Marked increase in special votes

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...

Special voting for municipal polls opens

A total of 719 222 people who applied for a special vote‚ could cast their ballots on Monday and Tuesday. These will be the first...

Zille ‘delighted’with ‘spectacular’ Western Cape results

The Western Cape results have been “truly spectacular”‚ former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille said at the Election Commission of SA (IEC) results...

Elderly and frail brave weather to cast their votes

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...

BCM independents to lodge disputes with IEC

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...

Opposition parties to check IEC results centre’s readiness

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...

Gutsy Gogo goes extra mile to ensure she places her mark

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...

They came, saw, and voted

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...

ANC all but concedes early defeat in cape Town

The African National Congress (ANC) has all but conceded early defeat in the Cape Town metro where the Democratic Alliance (DA) is looking at...

Claim municipal vehicle used on ANC campaign trail

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,...

Presiding officials booted after influencing voters

A presiding officer and his deputy were fired in Mthatha yesterday after being found to have influenced two special voters at a polling station...

Prayers for a peaceful poll

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...

ANC stalwarts urge voters to pick ruling part

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...

Alleged irregularities mar start of Eastern Cape elections

IEC Electoral Officer Thamsanqa Mraji was in the hot seat on Wednesday morning after political party agents registered numerous complaints against political parties and...