ANC retains Free State, Mpumalanga

The counting of votes in the Free State has been completed. The African National Congress (ANC) has obtained nearly 61% of the provincial vote, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has 20% and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) close to 10%.

The ANC has managed to win all the councils, including the Mangaung Metro, which includes Bloemfontein. Voter turnout in the province was 56%.

After counting a total of 829 349 votes, the results show that support for the ANC in the Free State has dropped by 10%  from the 2011 local elections.

This was also reflected in the Mangaung Metro Municipality results. ANC has 58 council seats, while the DA has 27 and the EFF nine.

Meanwhile, new kid on the block in the local government elections – the EFF – has claimed the main opposition party status in two of the municipalities in the Free State. 

Party leader in the province Khotso Morapela expressed excitement for becoming main opposition in Maluti a Phofung and Nala.

Freedom Front Plus (VF plus) and the African Independent Congress (AIC) both have two seats.

Agency for New Agenda and Congress of the People (Cope) each have one council seat.

ANC Mayoral Candidate Olly Mlamleli will now lead the Mangaung Metro Municipality.

In Mpumalanga,  the ANC won with a landslide majority. 

The party won with over 70%, trailed by the DA with jut over 12%.

“In other municipalities the margin was very high, we got a municipality like Albert Luthuli where we got 85%, municipalities like Nkomazi, where we got 84%. It means the ANC is still enjoying political monopoly,” says Mpumalanga ANC’s Mandla Ndlovu

While the DA party increased its percentage, it also lost seats.

“We grew percentage-wise, we lost seats. In some of our municipalities we showed standing growth. We are happy with that but we are disappointed in some of the municipalities we lost a PR seat because of the allocation and formula that they use,” says the DA’s Bosman Grobler.

The EFF is standing at 9%, it has won seats in all the municipalities.

“Being the first time to contest the local government elections we have done pretty well, we are proud of our performance, we managed to acquire seats in all the municipalities in the province,” says Crily Chwuene of the Mpumalanga EFF.

Voter turn out in the province was just over 56%.


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