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Parties wait for the results to come in during the 2021 Local Elections – Photo: IEC / Twitter

Elections 2021: Coalitions on the cards for FIVE major SA metros

There are no fewer than 66 hung councils in municipalities across SA following the finalisation of the Local Government Elections.

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Parties wait for the results to come in during the 2021 Local Elections – Photo: IEC / Twitter

The 2021 Local Government Elections have thrown out a number of surprises, with support for both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and African National Congress (ANC) having dropped substantially since the last elections in 2016.

One of the major results of the latest elections is the number of wards and municipalities that remain in the balance, with no less than FIVE of South Africa’s largest metros.

A total of 66 municipalities now have hung councils, and we look at some of the major metros that are yet to decide on who will be in charge after the final results were announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Thursday evening.

Election results: Which metros are set for coalitions?


Johannesburg is one of the metros currently without an outright winner, and a coalition between the ANC and the DA in the city is now likely.

The ANC garnered 33.6% of the total votes, while the DA received 26.47%. Big winners in Gauteng are Action SA, who received 16.5% of the votes.

Nelson Mandela Bay

The political future of NMB is on a knife-edge, with the DA and the ANC both garnering 39.4% of the total vote and therefore leaving the city without an outright winner.

The DA lost nine seats in the metro and the country’s largest opposition party seem resigned to occupying the back benches of Nelson Mandela Bay, having unequivocally stated that they have no interest in entering a coalition with the Red Berets who received 6% of the vote and now find themselves in the role of kingmaker.

Ekurhuleni elections results

In Ekurhuleni, the ANC received 38.19% of the vote, while the DA received 28.72%. The EFF were able to secure only 13.57% of the votes.

The ANC were unable to secure the requisite 112 seats out of 224 available that would have ensured that they retained control of the Gauteng metro. Ultimately, the ANC garnered 85 seats, with the DA securing 65 seats. the EFF secured 31 seats to complete the council.


eThekwini is one of the 18 hung municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), where the ANC failed to gain a majority and concluded their vote tally on 42.02%, with the DA on 25.62% and the EFF received 48%.

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala accepted the results of the elections earlier on Thursday, and said that he will do everything in his power to facilitate the structuring of coalitions in the multiple wards and municipalities with hung votes.

“As we accept these results today, as a government we will play our part in facilitating a smooth transition and re-establishment of all municipal councils. Now that the elections are decided, it is time to respond to the needs of the communities,” he said.

Tshwane election results

In Tshwane, the ANC received 34.31% of the vote, the DA received 32.34% and the EFF garnered a total of 10.62% of the vote.

Without an outright majority having been secured by any party, another ANC/DA coalition is therefore on the cards in that metro.