- The African National Congress' support in municipal councils is below 50%, but only a portion of votes have been counted
- In the Northern Cape, the ruling party has managed to gain 50.5% of support in the Khal Ma Municipality, the first final result released
- Opposition parties such as the Democratic Alliance, Freedom Front Plus and the Economic Freedom Fighters have made their mark in various provinces
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JOHANNESBURG - As it stands, approximately 9% of the total local government elections were counted overnight and preliminary results show that the African National Congress is doing quite well in the local municipal council elections.
However, the ruling party currently has 45% support but will need more than 50% to govern without coalitions.
SABC News reports in the KhaI Ma municipal region in the Northern Cape, the ANC has managed to secure 50.5% and this is the first municipality to complete the counting of votes.
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Of the almost 9 000 seats in Parliament, Monday night's counting results secured the ANC 849 spots, the DA 499 , the FF+ with 151 and EFF 57 while counting continues.
The DA is gaining majority support in the Western Cape, however, the EFF has become a surprisingly strong contender in the province. In Midvaal, Gauteng, the FF+ is doing quite well.
ANC and ActionSA are the most popular parties in Soweto, according to the community
Briefly News previously reported that Soweto residents are split between the ANC and ActionSA in Monday's municipal elections. Many still swear their loyalty to the ruling party while others hope that ActionSA will fill in gaps left by the ANC.
An example of this is the difference in opinion between 79-year-old Maria Motale and businesswoman Lerato Ndlovu. Both live in Soweto but Motale is a firm ANC supporter, while Ndlovu believes ActionSA will provide more than the ruling party.
She has reasoned that by voting for ActionSA, people can move power away from the ANC. In Ndlovu's view, if Herman Mashaba becomes mayor of Johannesburg again, then the city will flourish.
Source: Briefly News