The IEC closing ceremony in Tshwane. Photo Timothy Bernard/African News Agency(ANA)
The IEC closing ceremony in Tshwane. Photo Timothy Bernard/African News Agency(ANA)

THURSDAY PM LIVE BLOG: Elections 2021 – Here’s the final official results

By IOL Time of article published Nov 4, 2021

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The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) this evening declared the 2021 local government elections free and fair.

IEC chairperson Glen Mashinini said there were 26.1 million voters registered for the elections, close to 370 000 were registered in the pre-approved MEC 7 list, and a total of 12.3 million South Africans voted in these elections.

Mashinini announced that the ANC achieved a majority in 161 municipalities.

They were followed by the DA which achieved a majority in 13 municipalities, followed by the Inkatha Freedom Party which achieved a majority in 10 municipalities.

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Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie slams DA MP Ghaleb Cachalia for calling him a convicted bank robber

Patriotic Alliance (PA) leader Gayton McKenzie has hit back at DA MP Ghaleb Cachalia who commented about his criminal history and increased voter support in Johannesburg.

The PA has been seen as one of the kingmakers after it grew its support in the local government elections.

McKenzie said the support has been significant in the polls and he would enter into coalitions with other parties on his own terms.

The PA grew its support not only in Johannesburg but other parts of the country including the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and other provinces.

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Ramaphosa calls on the 10 400 elected councillors to ’get down to work’

President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the over 10 400 newly-elected councillors to get down to working for their communities and for leaders to set aside their differences.

Ramaphosa was speaking at the announcement of the final results of Monday’s local government elections at the Electoral Commission of SA’s national results operations centre in Tshwane.

”Those in whom they have placed their trust – the elected councillors – now need to get down to work,” he said.

Ramaphosa spoke after the ANC’s overall support across the country’s 257 municipalities dipped below 50% for the first since 1996 when democratic South Africa’s maiden local government polls were held.

He congratulated South Africans for holding an election that was peaceful, free and fair.

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This is what the ANC, DA will need to do to govern Gauteng’s big three metros

As the horse-trading begins among the biggest political parties in Gauteng’s three hung metropolitan municipalities, the allocation of seats has shed light on the number of councillors needed to form coalition governments.

In the City of Johannesburg, a party needs 136 seats from 270 to form a government and the ANC has the biggest share of the seats with 91 including 87 ward and four proportional representation (PR) councillors.

To continue governing Johannesburg, the ANC will require 45 votes from smaller parties to form a coalition government.

The DA is the second biggest party in the country’s economic hub, with 71 seats – 43 wards and 28 PR.

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ANC achieved majority 161 municipalities


The IEC’s Sy Mamabolo says as with any election, not all contestants emerged victorious

Elections 2021: The wait is over! Results to be announced soon, here is a recap from the leader board

The wait is finally over!

Results from the local government elections will be released tonight at 6pm from the national results operations centre (ROC) in Pretoria.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will also be present to address the media and nation.

The ROC has now had a complete security sweep and turnover in preparation for the announcement in a couple of hours.

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EFF outlines key coalition demands to ANC, squares up with DA and FF+

Julius Malema has warned the ANC that the EFF will not enter into coalitions if the governing party does not vote with it to amend the Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.

Speaking at a media briefing at the Electoral Commission of SA’s (IEC’s) national results operations centre in Pretoria on Thursday, the EFF president said that the expropriation of land without compensation was non-negotiable for the EFF.

”Ourselves and the ANC actually agree on that, but the ANC of (President Cyril) Ramaphosa goes to Parliament and then summersaults. We should have amended the Constitution by now if Cyril had not sold out,” he said.

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ANC and DA jostle for power in hotly contested Nelson Mandela Bay - as both need 13 seats to form coalition govt

With both the DA and the ANC failing to win an outright majority in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, both parties will have their work cut out in convincing smaller political parties to join them in a coalition.

The DA and the ANC each won 48 seats in the hotly contested metropolitan council, with 24 seats going to smaller parties. The two parties gained support of 39.9% and 39.4%, respectively.

There are 120 seats in the Nelson Mandela Bay council and to control the municipality, a political party needs to have 61 seats.

This means that the DA or the ANC will need 13 more seats from other political parties in order to form a government.

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Zikalala says ANC’s drop to below 50% in eThekwini will ’destabilise’ service delivery

ANC KZN chairperson Sihle Zikalala says that the party’s dip below 50% in eThekwini Municipality has left the ANC at risk of not having the ability to implement service delivery effectively in the only metro in the province.

Zikalala, alongside provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli and provincial spokesperson Nhlakanipho Ntombela, were briefing the media on Thursday following the announcement of the preliminary results of the local government election.

He said that with the metro being the economic hub of the province and the municipality with the largest population, no outright majority by a party there would destabilise service delivery.

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Hung municipalities, including eThekwini, to give KZN a headache

There are 18 hung municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal, which could prove troublesome for South Africa’s Local Government Association (Salga) and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) in KZN.

The Electoral Commission of SA in the province released the preliminary results for the 2021 local government elections on Thursday at the results centre in Mayville, Durban.

The eThekwini Municipality, KZN’s only metropolitan area with a population of just over three million people, is one of the hung municipalities announced by the IEC, indicating that the ANC has lost its majority vote.

The 18 hung councils are eThekwini, uMdoni, Msunduzi, uMuziwabantu, iNkosi Langalibalele, Alfred Duma, uMvoti, Newcastle, Dannhauser, eDumbe, AbaQulusi, Nongoma, uMhlabuyalingana, Mtubatuba, uMhlathuze, Mthonjaneni, Kwadukuza and Mapumulo.

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WATCH: Zikalala outlines what he thinks led to the electoral losses of the ANC in KZN

KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson, Sihle Zikalala, outlines what he thinks led to the heavy electoral losses of the ANC in the recently concluded local government elections. Among the issues he raised is corruption allegations against leaders and infighting.

EFF leader Julius Malema says EFF will close all borders of ESwatini


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