Widespread municipal by-election set for Wednesday

7 August 2019, 9:34 AM
The largest by-election window since the 2016 Local Government Elections is taking place across South Africa on Wednesday, according to the Independent Electoral Commission.
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DA, ANC claim victory in Johannesburg by-elections 25 July 2019, 9:16 AM

Both the African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) are claiming victory in Wednesday’s by-elections in Johannesburg. 

Bheki Gumbi
National People’s Front chairperson resigns 21 July 2019, 1:34 PM

The KwaZulu-Natal National People's Front chairperson Muzi Hlophe has resigned. Hlophe says poor work relations with the party leader have led to his resignation.

SABC election coverage was fair: Media Monitoring Africa 14 June 2019, 11:46 AM

Media Monitoring Africa Director William Bird says despite the public broadcaster’s financial situation, the SABC managed to deliver overwhelmingly fair election coverage.

Know your premier: Professor Job Mokgoro 22 May 2019, 2:37 PM

Mokgoro will be returning for a second time as the North West premier. He was brought in by the ANC National Working Committee (NWC) to stabilise the province after the party's provincial chairperson, Supra Mahumapelo, resigned in 2018 amid growing public pressure for him to leave office.

David Makhura
Know your premier: David Makhura 22 May 2019, 2:35 PM

Makhura will be returning for a second term as Gauteng Premier. Although his first tenure has widely been seen as successful, the Life Esidimeni tragedy that claimed the lives of 144 mental health patients, has stained his legacy. 

Alan Winde
Know your premier: Alan Winde 22 May 2019, 2:30 PM

Winde is tipped to take over the premiership of the Western Cape from Helen Zille. He became MEC of finance, economic development and tourism in May 2009 after the Democratic Alliance (DA) took control of the Western Cape from the governing African National Congress (ANC).

Sihle Zikalala, convenor of the ANC in KZN.
Know your premier: Sihle Zikalala 22 May 2019, 2:27 PM

The 46-year-old KwaZulu-Natal provincial  chairperson joined politics at the age of 15.  His appointment surprised some who had thought he might not be given the top seat as he backed Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's ANC presidency bid at Nasrec during the party's hotly contested elective conference.

Stan Mathabatha
Know your premier: Stan Mathabatha 22 May 2019, 2:22 PM

This will be Mathabatha's second tenure as Limpopo premier. He first held the position in 2013. The Limpopo ANC provincial chairperson has a bachelor of arts degree and a masters degree in development.

North West to announce its Premier candidate 20 May 2019, 5:34 AM

The national leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) is expected to announce the Premier candidate for the North West province later on Monday.

Politics is seen as a self-enriching vehicle: Analyst 12 May 2019, 12:55 PM

A political analyst says access to public resources is partly to blame for many political parties contesting elections in South Africa.

Parties lose millions of rands in election deposits 12 May 2019, 12:20 PM

Over 30 political parties who contested the General Elections have lost millions of Rands in deposit to the Electoral Commission after failing to garner enough seats in the National Assembly and the Provincial Legislatures.

SA must review the electoral system: Holomisa 12 May 2019, 9:51 AM

UDM Leader Bantu Holomisa says there is a need for a review of the electoral system in the country to avoid the incidents that marred the 2019 General Elections.

SCOPA chair fails to secure enough votes for National Assembly 12 May 2019, 7:17 AM

The African People's Convention(APC) leader Themba Godi has thanked the National Assembly for the opportunity to chair the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) for the last 14 years.

ANC, DA shed support in General elections 12 May 2019, 6:45 AM

South Africa's sixth general election of the democratic era has seen the ANC and the DA shed support and the EFF, IFP and FF-Plus gaining in popularity.

ANC seats decline but maintains power base nationally and provincially 11 May 2019, 7:44 PM

By Michael O’Donovan One of the facts of the 2019 elections is that the ANC’s majority in the national and provincial governments it controls, declined. But the party nevertheless maintained it’s dominant position in the National Assembly, where it secured 230 out of 400 votes, and in 8 of the nine provinces, where it collectively […]

No seat no deposit refund 11 May 2019, 7:24 PM

Political parties wishing to contest the 2019 National election were required to pay the IEC a deposit of R200 000. Additional deposits were required for each provincial election they contested. These deposits are returned if the political party gains at least one seat in the respective legislature. Most (34 of the 48) parties competing in the […]

Mzwanele Manyi
ATM drops its decision to challenge election results: Manyi 11 May 2019, 6:15 PM

African Transformation Movement (ATM) has pulled out of its decision to challenge the result of the 2019 National and Provincial election.

CSIR shows its world class prediction expertise in Elections 2019 11 May 2019, 5:41 PM

Three hours after the first voting district in rural Eastern Cape released its results on Wednesday evening,  the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) accurately predicted the number of votes the top three parties would get to, to within 0.8% of the final result announced on Saturday evening. The CSIR made the prediction with […]

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KZN police on high alert as poll celebrations loom 11 May 2019, 2:36 PM

The security cluster in KwaZulu-Natal is on high alert as South Africans prepare to celebrate the performance of their favourite political parties in the general elections.

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ANC retains Gauteng with reduced majority 11 May 2019, 2:34 PM

Vote counting has ended in Gauteng. The ANC has taken the province with 50.19%, a dip from the 2014 final results of 53.59%. 

Youth must take responsibility for their own future: DA 11 May 2019, 1:08 PM

The DA in the Western Cape says young people must take responsibility for their own future by registering to vote in the 2021 municipal elections.

Western Cape final result – DA holds and Good is new 11 May 2019, 12:48 PM

The DA has officially held on to majority control in the Western Cape provincial legislature, securing 55.45% of the votes in the provincial elections. The ANC won 28.6% and the EFF 4.04% of the provincial vote. The Good Party, with 3.01% of the vote, is the fourth largest representative party in the legislature despite competing […]

Mpumalanga final result – EFF overtakes DA as oppostition 11 May 2019, 12:40 PM

The EFF with 12.79% has overtaken the DA, with 9.77%, as the official opposition in the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature. Voter turnout among the 1 951 776 registered voters was 63.2%.    

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IEC rejects calls for independent audit 11 May 2019, 12:32 PM

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has snubbed demands for an independent audit into the 2019 general elections.

Northern Cape final result – EFF doubles but ANC holds majority 11 May 2019, 12:28 PM

The ANC has retained the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature after securing 57.54% of the vote in the provincial elections. The DA is the largest opposition party with 25.51% and the EFF more than doubled its support to 9.71%. Voter turnout in the province was 64.12%.

Limpopo final result – ANC remains majority despite support losses 11 May 2019, 12:00 PM

The ANC with 75.49% remains the largest party in the Limpopo Provincial Legislature after all votes have been counted. The EFF scored to second largest number of votes with 14.43% and the DA third with 5.4%. Voter turnout in Limpopo was 56.36%. Below: Final results from IEC website www.elections.org.za  

Constitution says IEC must ensure free and fair elections 11 May 2019, 11:37 AM

Election commentators and media have been divided over the question of who is ultimately responsible for ensuring free and fair elections in South Africa. But Terry Tselane, former IEC Commissioner and a member of the SABC’s team of Election Analysts has confirmed to SABC News that Section 182 of the Constitution stipulates the responsibility sits […]

ANC loses 10% support and IFP gains in final KZN result 11 May 2019, 11:00 AM

The ANC’s support in Kwazulu-Natal dropped from 64.52% in 2014 to 54.22% in 2019. The ANC retains majority control of the provincial legislature in the province. The IFP has overtaken the DA to become the official opposition in KZN, increasing its support from 10.86% in 2014 to 16.34% in 2019. The DA declined to 13.91% […]

ANC loses support but holds on to Free State control 11 May 2019, 10:41 AM

As the IEC announced 100% of voting districts declared in the Free State, the ANC’s final winning percentage was 61.14%. The party’s support declined by 8% since 2014. The DA with 17.58% and the EFF with 12.58% held on to second and third place respectively. Voter turnout in the province was 61.35%.

ATM secures seats in Eastern Cape legislature – final result 11 May 2019, 10:04 AM

The ANC has retained control over the Eastern Cape legislature, although its support declined marginally from 70.09% in 2014 to 68.74% in 2019. The DA’s support has also declined, from 16.20% to 15.73% – but it remains the second largest party in the provincial legislature. The EFF is third with 7.84% and the UDM fourth […]