EFF earn votes in right-wing Orania

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A painting of EFF leader Julius Malema is exhibited during the EFF's final rally. Photo: Thobile Mathonsi

Pretoria - It was too early to comment on election results, new party the EFF said on Thursday morning.

“It's still early days to say the picture is clear or not,” Economic Freedom Fighters spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi told Sapa at the election results centre in Pretoria.

He said the numbers were telling a story of what South Africans thought and believed in as a collective.

“Most of us want to be part of running this country so it is very important that we listen attentively to what they have to say,” he said.

By 10.55am the EFF had 318 132 votes, putting the party in third place nationally so far. The party, which was formed less than a year ago, was also holding its own in the provincial polls.

The EFF was second in Limpopo, where leader Julius Malema comes from, as opposed to being third in most provinces.

“There will be a time when these numbers reach a stage and we will say how we feel. For now we are calm,” Ndlozi said.

The EFF also managed to garner four (1.37 percent) national votes in the right-wing Orania in the Northern Cape.

The Freedom Front Plus is the leading party in the town with 224 of the vote (76.98 percent), while the ruling African National Congress won five votes nationally (1.72 percent).

The dominant FF Plus seems to be losing some ground compared to the previous polls where they enjoyed 242 of the vote.

The Democratic Alliance appears to be making inroads in the town winning 44 (15.2 percent) of the national votes, up from 26 during the 2009 general elections, while the ANC are up two from five years ago.

Provincially the EFF won two votes making 0.81 percent of the counted votes with the FF Plus garnering 83.74 percent with 206 votes. The ANC secured one vote on the provincial ballot in Orania, while the DA have 29.

Sapa


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