Photo: DA / Twitter
As SA awaits its final election results this week, the first full day of vote-counting has come to a close. But who’s happy, and who’s not?
Photo: DA / Twitter
Tuesday marked the first full day of vote-counting in the 2021 Local Elections, with the IEC tallying up 58% of the ballots by 23:00. The process is expected to finish tomorrow, and the Commission will announce the final results on Thursday 4 November – it’s fair to say some parties will be much, much happier than others.
It has been a tumultuous time for the more established parties in South Africa, and some smaller organizations have benefitted from a shift in voting patterns. A low voter turnout has also skewed the picture somewhat.
Nonetheless, those who chose to exercise their democratic rights have spoken. We’ve taken a quick look at the real ‘winners and losers’ of the day, with two clear camps emerging late on Tuesday evening.
For the second election in a row, it’s tough to ignore the progress made by the FF Plus. The party may be limited in terms of what it can achieve in South Africa, but they are successfully convincing more Afrikaner voters to join the cause. In fact, there’s evidence that the outsiders are sweeping up citizens who have turned their backs on the DA.
A strong performance in Tshwane, a respectable showing in Mpumalanga, and even the FF Plus’ first-ever ward win in the Western Cape have put a spring in the step of Pieter Groenewald’s party. Meanwhile, the IFP also took some significant strides forward, claiming almost a quarter of all votes in KwaZulu-Natal so far.
The IFP is in pole position to take control of more than a dozen municipalities in KZN, too. Elsewhere, the Patriotic Alliance emerged as kingmakers in several Western Cape districts, and ActionSA has primed itself for a similar role in Johannesburg. The EFF made marginal gains, but their performance on Tuesday wasn’t above par.
Now, the ones who didn’t so well: You don’t have to look any further than the ANC. The ruling party is on course for its worst-ever election result, and they are projected to dip below 50% of the national vote. Their ballot share has been decimated in KZN, and they face an uphill battle to retain control in Joburg and Ekurhuleni.
The DA has also seen a substantial dip in their support compared to 2016. They won some very important municipalities today – including a first-ever victory in KZN – but their vote share in both Cape Town and the Western Cape has decreased. Somewhat ironically, the top two parties in SA are the ones who have struggled the most.