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LIVE BLOG: 2016 Local Government Elections Results

Aug 5, 2016
LIVE BLOG: 2016 Local Government Elections Results

Final Update:


Full results for the Eastern Cape have been tallied up with the ANC coming away with 65.31% of the vote followed by DA (19.7%), EFF (5.18%), UDM (3.68%) and AIC (1.33%).

The ruling party has the most seats in the various councils with 996 versus the DA’s 211 and EFF’s 73, as well as the most districts with 31 (which includes the Buffalo City Metro) compared to the DA’s two (Kouga and Nelson Mandela Bay). 

This also concludes RNEWS’s live coverage of the 2016 Local Government Elections.





As it stands, 99% of all votes in the Eastern Cape have been counted with results only being outstanding in the Mbashe Municipality. The ANC leads in the province with 65.31% over the DA's 19.7% and EFF's 5.18%




With 100% of all votes now in, the IEC has confirmed that ANC has regained control of the Buffalo City Metro with 58.74% of the vote compared to the DA’s 23.4% and EFF’s 7.97%. 

This takes the ruling party’s tally to 30 victories in province, with the DA the only other party to have won (Kouga Local Municipality and Nelson Mandela Bay Metro). Only the Mbashe Local Municipality remains accounted for. 



As it stands in the Eastern Cape on Friday evening, the ANC has now won 28 municipalities to the DA's two. The ANC maintains a comfortable overall lead at 65.31% (or 2,390,906) of the votes counted so far while the DA trails at 19.71% (or 721,671 votes) and the EFF at just 5.18% (or 189,732 votes). 

So far the ANC has won 932 seats in various municipalities across the province while the DA has won 188 and new-comers, the EFF, have done somewhat ok with 59 seats. 

The UDM managed a comeback and won 45 seats to overtake the AIC, which has 12.

Other smaller parties:

  • The CIVIC has won 8 seats;
  • The CI has won 5;
  • The MRRA won 4 seats;
  • COPE has won 3;
  • The ACU 3;
  • The PAC has also won 2;
  • While 'Other' has won 6 seats.

Independent candidates have since won 4 seats across the province.

ONLY results from three municipalities - the Buffalo City Metro, Mbashe and Ngqusha Hill, are yet to be confirmed by the IEC.



Trollip tells cheering DA supporters that the first thing he is prioritising as new Executive Mayor is the Metro's budget. He further says no government workers will sleep at work or come to work late or leave early in the DA-run Nelson Mandela Bay. 

"Everyone in our council has been given a mandate to fulfill all the promises we made when we were campaigning."

He says the DA will also focus on job creation.

He adds that they will be entering into a coalition with the UDM and that they have already had engagements. 

Trollip promises to transform Nelson Mandela Bay to equate Cape Town in just ten years!



DA Mayoral candidate Athol Trollip currently holding a press briefing at Donkin Park after the DA defeated the ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay. 

Trollip says change has come to Nelson Mandela Bay and that the DA is going to "roll up our sleeves and work hard. We won't let the people down. We will work opposition parties in our partnership".



While the DA has won the Nelson Mandela Bay election with 57 seats to the ANC's 50, the coalition question lingers on as a party needs at least 60 seats to govern the Metro. Will the DA work with UDM, ACDP, EFF or Cope? 



It has been reported that the DA has obtained enough seats in Nelson Mandela Bay without the need to form a coalition with the EFF or smaller parties.

According to the IEC’s Dashboard, the DA has taken 57 of the available 120 seats in council, meaning it only needs four for a majority council. The ANC has amass 50 seats and the EFF six, with the UDM taking two and the African Independent Congress, United Front, Cope, ACDP and Patriotic Alliance one each.

The party’s leader and mayoral candidate Athol Trollip is expected to address the media at 16h00 today.




Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the media in Pretoria that the ANC will learn from its mistakes and “listen carefully to our people” in the wake of the ruling party losing control of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro to the DA.

The ruling party however remains on course to retain the Buffalo City Metro with 58.13% against the DA’s 29.93% and EFF’s 8%. Just over 96% of all votes have been counted.

Control of the remaining Metros remain balanced on a knife edge with only 0.60% separating the DA (42.91%) and ANC (42.31%) in Tshwane, and 0.12% in the City of Johannesburg (DA 41.68; ANC 41.80).




ANC says it is still too soon to comment on news of major defeats across the country including in the hotly-contested Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.



Internet memes, like the ones below, flood Twitter as users poke fun at the ANC's reaction to its defeat in Nelson Mandela Bay. 




No official statement yet from the DA after snatching the Nelson Mandela Bay away from the ANC in the 2016 Local Government Elections. Even world media covering the result like a major world event. 

It is apparent that by winning Nelson Mandela Bay, which is named after the late icon and former president Nelson Mandela, the DA has hit at the heart of the ANC.



BREAKING: With 100% of all votes counted, the IEC has made it official that the DA has won Nelson Mandela Bay with 46.71% of the vote with the ANC taking 40.92% and the EFF 5.12%. According to various reports, the ruling party has also lost 25% of its support since Jacob Zuma took over from Thabo Mbeki.

The result however means that the DA will most likely enter into a coalition with the EFF or smaller parties to get the majority it needs to run the Metro.



Buzz on social media being created around imminent announcement of DA’s victory in Nelson Mandela Bay. Still awaiting confirmation from IEC however



Results from Ward 43 in Nelson Mandela Bay has placed the EFF second behind the ANC with 19.96% of the vote versus 41.07%. In a video posted on twitter, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the ruling party's expected defeat in the Metro should serve “as a lesson in humility”.

“To that classroom, in the historic lesson on humility for the ANC, we are going to open it, they must walk in there dabbing, take their seats and learn never again to underestimate the people’s vote and the people’s vote”.

With 99% of votes counted in Nelson Mandela Bay, the DA now looks set to win with 46.55% compared to the ANC’s 41.02. The EFF remains third with 5.15%. 




The ANC has reportedly concede it might lose Nelson Mandela Bay with its Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu, being quoted by Eyewitness News as saying “we might lose [Nelson Mandela Bay] because of our own doings. As much as we celebrate victory, we will accept defeat”.

He has also indicated that the nationwide turnout of just over 54%, although more than the DA, “is a cause for concern”.




ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu has reportedly told News24 it expects the full results of Nelson Mandela Bay to be out by 11h00. As it stands, the ruling party still trails the DA with 40.99% of the vote compared to 46.65%.

According to the IEC’s dashboard, 98% of all votes in the Metro have been counted. The EFF still remains third with 5.07% and the UDM fourth with 1.93%.

The ANC still has the most votes in the province with 65.38% compared to the DA’s 19.66% and the EFF’s 5.15%. It has also taken victory in 26 municipalities versus the DA’s one with the results of three still outstanding.

In the Buffalo City Metro, the ANC is likely to remain in control with 58.7% of the vote ahead of the DA with 23.36% and the EFF with 7.97%. 




Strange bed fellows... At this moment in time, it looks like the EFF will be the kingmaker in Nelson Mandela Bay politics - and the two big parties, the ANC and the DA, will now have to deal with the unpredictable EFF in their midst.

At the moment, we are still waiting for results in 5 Wards – Wards 2, 37, 43, 47 and 59. The final result is expected around 11am.



As it stands in the Eastern Cape on Friday morning, the ANC has now won 25 municipalities to the DA's one. The ANC maintains a comfortable overall lead at 65.37% (or 2,331,699) of the votes counted so far while the DA trails at 19.71% (or 703,039 votes) and the EFF at just 5.14% (or 183,390 votes). 

So far the ANC has won 823 seats in various municipalities across the province while the DA has won 143 and new-comers, the EFF, have done somewhat ok with 47 seats. 

The UDM managed a comeback and won 23 seats to overtake the AIC, which has 10.

Other smaller parties:

  • The CIVIC has won 8 seats;
  • The CI has won 3;
  • The ACU won 3 seats;
  • COPE has won 2;
  • The PAC has also won 2;
  • The UFEC has won 1 seat;
  • While 'Other' has won 2 seats.

Independent candidates have since won 3 seats across the province.



IEC says it will not announce final result for hotly-contested Nelson Mandela Bay tonight as it is still busy with exceptions. Final result now expected at 11am on Friday. 



The ANC has now withdrawn a complaint lodged with the IEC earlier on over what it alleged was ballot fraud.



The DA is confident it will be biggest party in the Nelson Mandela Bay when the final result will be declared. It has already approached the UDM for a coalition. Meanwhile, third placed EFF, earlier on, indicated that they are open to a coalition in the Bay with other opposition parties - "as long as it is not a coalition with the ANC".



As it stands, the ANC has passed the 40% mark in votes counted so far for the first time. Meanwhile the DA maintains a lead at 46.65% of the confirmed vote to the ANC's 40.99% and the EFF's 5.07%. However, the ANC is currently leading in seats at 34 to the DA's 21 while the EFF is yet to win a seat. 98% of the ballot has been confirmed.



Still no final result in Nelson Mandela Bay despite IEC early saying result was expected tonight. The IEC also still to officially comment on ANC claims of ballot fraud and rampant irregularities.



DA supporters in celebratory mood - sensing victory in Nelson Mandela Bay as ANC is set to demand a recount after what it alleges were widespread irregularities. However, the IEC is yet to announce the final result.



While IEC finalises the Nelson Mandela Bay vote, the ANC believes the result, whatever it is, will "not reflect the will of the people".



Social media now abuzz with speculation that the ANC might have have lost the Nelson Mandela Bay, hence its declaration that the election in the region was not free and fair.



The ANC is lodging a dispute with IEC following the marked ballots that were found outside a counting centre earlier on. This is despite the IEC reportedly saying the dumped ballots had already been counted.

"We have noticed irregularities and we consider the elections no longer free and fair," the party says.



Speculation rife as ANC calls a press briefing in Nelson Mandela Bay. 



As it stands, the following Eastern Cape municipalities have been won by the ANC;

  • The amalgamated Baviaans, Ikwezi and Camdeboo local municipality;
  • Sundays River Valley Local Municipality;
  • Kou-Kamma Local Municipality;
  • Ndlambe Local Municipality;
  • Makana Local Municipality;
  • Ngqushwa Local Municipality;
  • Great Kei Local Municipality;
  • Sakhisizwe Local Municipality;
  • Ntabankulu Local Municipality;
  • Umzimvubu Local Municipality;
  • Matatiele Local Municipality;
  • Maletswai/Gariep Local Municipality;
  • Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality; and
  • Blue Crane Route Local Municipality.

The DA still has one municipality - Kouga.

In the eagerly awaited Nelson Mandela Bay, it's still  the ANC currently leads with 17 seats to the DA's 12. 



The ANC leads overally in the Eastern Cape with 14 municipalities won so far while the DA has only one. The ANC leads with 65.69% of the votes counted while the DA has managed 20.15% and new comers, EFF, at nearly 5%. Subsequently, the ANC has won 540 seats at various councils in the province; the DA 100 and the EFF 17 seats.

The AIC has won seven seats while the UDM has won five and a little known party - the Maletswai Civic Association, won a seat. 

So far, only two seats in the province have gone to independents.



As it stands, in the hotly-contested Nelson Mandela Bay, the ANC currently leads with 17 seats to the DA's 12. However, the DA leads with 49.49% of the vote counted, with the ANC following behind at 39.25%. The EFF is at 4.87%. The ANC, for most of the day, had to play catch up to the DA regarding the percentage of votes counted.



As a side note, the IFP have regained control of the Nkandla Municipality by 54% versus the ANC's 44.25%



News24 reports that a number of ballot papers, most of which had been marked ANC and Cope, had been discovered at the back of the IEC’s counting centre in Port Elizabeth. The ruling party currently has 39.25% of the vote with the DA still ahead on 49.49% and the EFF third on 4.87%.



The DA is set for a landslide victory in the Western Cape having taken 63.75% of all votes with the ANC the only other party posting double figures (25.47%). The DA has meanwhile regain control of the George, Mossel Bay and Price Albert Municipalities as well as taking control of the highly contested Oudsthoorn Municipality from the ANC with 55.41% versus 27.18%.



With 90% of votes now counted in the Eastern Cape, the ANC continues to lead with 65.56% from the DA with 20.25% and the EFF with 4.96%.

The ruling party has also made progress in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, trailing the DA by 39.25% versus 49.49% with 82% of votes counted. The ruling party still leads in Buffalo City however with 56.28% compared to the DA’s 28.37%.

In addition, the ANC now lead 14 local municipalities in the province with recent victories coming in the Ntabankula (85.11%) Gariep (66.87%), Sakhisizwe (82.07%), Ndlambe (62.19%), Ngqushwa (84.40%) and Great Kei (70.78%) Local Municipalities.



As it stands, in the Eastern Cape, the ANC currently leads with 65.77% of the votes counted to the DA's 20.2%. Nearly 2 100 000 people have voted for the ANC - giving it 474 seats in municipalities across the province, while the DA received nearly 637 500 (85 seats) and the EFF 156 975 votes. The ANC has so far won eight municipalities; the DA one and the EFF none. 



With 79% of all votes counted in Nelson Mandela Bay, the DA has broken though the 50% mark with 50.1% while the ANC has increased marginally to 38.91% and the EFF to 4.73%.

Breakdown of Wards in the Metro now accounted for:

  • Ward 8: DA 95.56%, ANC 2.52%
  • Ward 10: DA 87.92%, ANC 8.10%
  • Ward 18: ANC 74.94%, UDM 7.15%
  • Ward 28: ANC 74.82%, UDM 9.04%
  • Ward 29: ANC 50.83%, DA 41.87%
  • Ward 31: ANC 52.47%, DA 39.13%
  • Ward 32: DA 84.31%, ANC 10.55%
  • Ward 37: DA 67.49%, ANC 26.86%
  • Ward 39: DA 90.39%, ANC 6.13%
  • Ward 49: DA 87.36%, ANC 8.10%
  • Ward 53: ANC 44.06%, DA 41.92%


The ANC has upped its municipality victory count to eight by winning 73.56% of votes in the Matatiele Local Municipality in the province’s north east, compared to the DA’s 8.81% and African Independent Congress’ (AIC) 7.12%.



The ANC has retained control of the Makana Local Municipality with 61.84% compared to the DA’s 20.37% and EFF’s 5.01%. The ruling party now leads seven municipalities in the provinces with the DA still on one and the EFF on none.



As it stands, in the Eastern Cape, the ANC currently leads with 66.29% of the votes counted to the DA's 20.12%. Nearly 2 million people have voted for the ANC - giving it 359 seats in municipalities across the province, while the DA recieved nearly 570 000 (71 seats) and the EFF 141,032 votes. The ANC has so far won six municipalities; the DA one and the EFF none.



The ANC has won the new municipality that will emerge out of the amalgamation of the Camdeboo, Baviaans and Ikwezi local municipalities by the teeth. The ANC has won 14 seats (or 51.05% of the vote) to the DA's 13 seats (or 46.59% of the vote). The EFF trailed behind with 1.74% of the vote and no seats.  

The win, so far, gives the ANC six municipalities in the Eastern Cape and the DA only one.



It looks like the ANC will retain the Ndlambe Local Municipality on the Sunshine Coast, which includes the towns of Port Alfred and Kenton-On-Sea. Currently, the ANC is maintaining a 62.19% (or nine-seat) lead over the DA, which has so far won one seat and 30.79% of the vote counted. The EFF is trailing behind at 2.39% and has not won a seat.



As it stands in the hotly-contested Nelson Mandela Bay; despite the DA leading in the number of votes counted at 52.41%(251,765 votes); the ANC is actually leading with eight seats so far despite being at 37.39% (or 179,612 votes); The DA currently has six seats won. New comers, the EFF are in third at 4.49% (or 21,554 votes) and no seats won yet.



Despite the EFF entering the 2016 Local Government Elections as new-comers, they have so far managed to win for themselves three council seats in the rural Umzimvubu Local Municipality in the north-eastern corner of the Eastern Cape and also managed to wrestle a seat in the Sundays River Valley Local Municipality, just outside the important Nelson Mandela Bay. They currently have 4.85% of the provincial vote after nearly 128 000 people voted for them in the province.



Meanwhile in the Makana Local Municipality, the ANC is maintaining a comfortable lead at 62.74% of the votes counted so far to the DA's 28.92% and the EFF's 5.11%. The ANC has so far won 8 seats to the DA's 2 while the EFF has not won a seat yet.


The ANC has marginally increased its share of votes in Nelson Mandela Bay to 36.63% with the DA still ahead on 53.54% and the EFF third on 4.4%.

Breakdown of Wards in the Metro completely accounted so far according to the IEC Dashboard:

  • Ward 9: DA 93.33%, ANC 4.18%
  • Ward 11: DA 88.42%, ANC 7.78%
  • Ward 12: DA 83.98%, ANC 11.76%
  • Ward 13: DA 73.90%, ANC 20.50%
  • Ward 14: ANC 70.23%, EFF 11.62%
  • Ward 15: ANC 53.26%, DA 35.76%
  • Ward 19: ANC 77.41%, EFF 9.86%
  • Ward 22: ANC 73.73%, DA 8.99%
  • Ward 24: ANC 74.32%, EFF 8.08%
  • Ward 35: DA 86.52%, ANC 6.82%
  • Ward 44: ANC 68.54%, EFF 10.99%
  • Ward 45: ANC 62.49%, DA 20.04%
  • Ward 58: ANC 76.30%, EFF 12.80%



Meanwhile in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, which includes the city of East London, the ANC is currently leading with 52.2% (two seats) and the DA following behind at 33.96% (one seat) and the EFF at 6.55%, with no seats won. 



It's a tight race in the hotly-contested Nelson Mandela Bay right now. The DA's lead is now at 55.27% of the vote counted while the ANC is at 35.03% and the EFF 4.25%. However, according to the IEC Dashboard - the DA despite its lead has four seats to the ANC's five - the EFF has not won a seat.

Numerically, 235,519 Bay residents voted the DA so far while 149,293 have voted for the ANC and 18,101 voted for the EFF.



With half of all votes across the country now counted, the ANC continues to lead with 52.19% with DA second on 29.95% and the EFF third on 7.04%.

The DA continues to lead in Nelson Mandela Bay with 54.73% while the ANC now stands on 35.35%. The ruling party has however retained control of the Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality with 66.34% versus the DA’s 20.63%.



In the highly-contested Nelson Mandela Bay, the DA is leading with 56.84% of the vote counted while the ANC is trailing at 33.67% and the EFF 4.14%. However, according to the IEC Dashboard - the DA despite its lead has two seats to the ANC's four - the EFF has not won a seat.



As it stands in the Eastern Cape at the moment - the ANC is currently leading with 4 municipalities won and 67.01% of the provincial vote (241 council seats); the DA follows behind with one municipality at 20.08% of the vote (51 seats); the EFF is at 4.8% (4 seats); the UDM at 3.09% (3 seats); the AIC at 1.14% (2 seats). Smaller parties have also made a dent in the vote for the bigger parties. One seat has been snatched away by an independent candidate. 



The ANC has retained the Umzimvubu Local Municipality with 77.15% of the vote to the DA's 7.2% and the 6.38%.



Situation right now in the Eastern Cape - ANC still leading, while the DA and EFF trail behind.



 The ANC has retained the Blue Crane Route Local Municipality with 60.43% of the vote to the DA's 37.57% and the EFF's 2%.



The ANC retains the Sundays River Valley Local Municipality - with 11 seats to the DA's 4 and the EFF's 1.



The DA could win the new municipality that will emerge after the amalgamation of the Camdeboo, Ikwezi and Baviaans local municipalities. About  97% of the vote has been counted, and the DA has 51% of the vote.



As it stands nationally, the ANC is leading with 51.45% of the vote while the DA follows behind with 31.18% and the EFF in third with 6.79%. The IFP has 4.14% while 'other' is at 3.74%.



The ANC has managed to hold onto the Kou-Kamma Local Municipality by a small margin. With 100% of the votes counted, the IEC has the final result as follows:

  • ANC: 51% (57% in 2011)
  • DA: 44% (42% in 2011)
  • EFF: 2%


In the highly contested Nelson Mandela Bay metro, the DA and ANC had have won two seats. About 90% of the votes in the region had been counted and about 30% had been audited and captured. While the DA has claimed its first municipality in the Eastern Cape with victory in the Kouga Local Municipality where all votes have been counted - the ANC's Deputy Secretary General, Jessie Duarte, told the SABC that they were not aware of that result and as far as they concerned they stillhave Kouga.


The first lot of votes has been counted in the country’s fifth democratic Municipal Elections, which have been described as the most hotly contested since 1994.

Polling stations across the country opened their doors to millions of voters at 7am. Stations officially closed at 7pm, even though those who arrived at voting stations before the cut-off time were still allowed to make their mark after 7pm.

Leading up to the 2016 Local Government Elections, there were over 26 million voters on the national voters’ roll. The true reflection of how many of these registered voters cast their ballot will emerge as results continue to stream in from the country’s 22 612 voting stations.

At the time of the Electoral Commission briefing just after 9pm on Wednesday, 22 votes had been counted from Ward 6 in the Great Kei in the Eastern Cape. The Democratic Alliance (DA) secured 45.45% of the votes, while the African National Congress (ANC) received 31.82%.

“We’ve reached the moment that we’ve all been looking forward to and it’s a moment of pride as a nation that once more, we have conducted our elections,” the Electoral Commission’s Chairperson Glen Mashinini said on Wednesday night.

Independent candidates garnered just over 22% of the votes counted so far. Most stations, said Mashinini, opened on time.

Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo said consultations with provincial electoral officers have been concluded.

“Indications are that the majority of voting stations have now closed. Some are still operating in the region of about 10% across the country,”  he said, adding that voting hours had not been extended past the 7am to 7pm time allocation.

Inclement weather conditions in many parts of the country, especially in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and parts of the Northern Cape, affected proceedings where temporary structures had been used. In some instances, proceedings had to be moved to other venues to allow voting to take place in environmentally secure conditions. At least 30 tents were reportedly significantly affected by gale force winds.

The IEC printed a record 73.9 million ballot papers for these elections. These ballot papers include 4 649 unique ballot papers representing political parties and independent candidates contesting each municipality and each ward.

Security around election proceedings was also beefed up, with over 75 000 police members deployed countrywide to ensure a safe and successful election process.

Results will continue coming in throughout the course of the night.

The IEC is scheduled to hold a media briefing at 11 on Thursday.

– SAnews.gov.za