Who’d have thought it? The voting district based on Robben Island has turned red in 2021, after the EFF claimed more than half of the ballots registered at this iconic landmark.
Robben Island does have a small, permanent population. Those who work on its upkeep form a vast majority of the residents here, based seven kilometres off the Cape Town coast.
The Robben Island voting district is actually part of Ward 54 – which was comprehensively won by the DA. However, the EFF can taken pride in their small victory, claiming 31 of the votes registered here.
The venue, previously used as an apartheid-era prison and once home to inmate Nelson Mandela, is now a major tourist attraction, as visitors to Cape Town continue making the pilgrimage to this popular site. The party Madiba once led finished second, with the ANC tallying 19 votes. Just five people based on Robben Island voted for the DA.
Finally, the FF Plus and the ACDP ended up with two votes apiece, claiming 3.33% of the vote. The Land Party ended up with a solitary vote, but the IFP, NFP, and the Dagga Party all failed to register a single ballot. Nonetheless, political diversity remains alive and well amongst Robben Island’s residents, it seems.
The 2021 Local Elections have been something of a mixed bag for the EFF. They improved on their last municipal vote totals, but put in a marginally worse performance than their 2019 General Election effort. The party has almost 1 000 council seats nationwide, but they have failed to take control of any municipality up for grabs.
They could, however, become kingmakers in metros like Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg. With coalition talks set to dominate the week ahead, Julius Malema and his comrades will get to lay down the law if any party wants to work with them. And, with the Robben Island vote in the bag, the EFF already have one over on the ANC.