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2016 signals a new era in politics: hung councils

By Sipho Kekana
As the 2016 Local Government Elections come to a close, power shifts to challenge the dominant party in both the big metros and local councils emerged, seemingly ringing in a new era of coalition and compromise.In more than 20 local councils no party managed to get a majority. It is mostly a result of the close contest between the ANC and the DA, with the third role player ranging from the EFF to IFP, VF Plus, COPE, KDF, KOP, KSR as well as independents required to decide which parties will govern the councils.

In some local municipalities, as in Mtubatuba in KwaZulu Natal and Kannaland in the Western Cape, it is the DA and the ANC who are poised to play the role of kingmaker. Smaller parties like ICOSA are emerging as strong enough to win municipalities, while more and more independents are able to contest wards and win.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro remains hung with the DA as the leading party and possibly the EFF playing the role of kingmaker. The City of Tshwane, City of Johannesburg, and possibly Ekurhuleni look set to have more than one party making up mayoral committees.

With the results of less than 10 municipalities still to be declared, the following hung councils will require some kind of cooperation or coalitions between parties to form governing majorities:

The metros

Nelson Mandela Bay Metro

DA – 46.71%, 57 Seats

ANC – 40.92%, 50 Seats

EFF – 5.12%, 6 Seats

City of Tshwane Metro (Counting continues)

City of Johannesburg (Counting continues)

Ekurhuleni (Counting continues)

Western Cape

Beaufort West

DA – 46.68%, 6 Seats

ANC – 34.93, 6 Seats

KDF – 14.84%, 1 Seat

Hessequa

ANC – 46.14%, 8 Seats

DA – 42.49%, 8 Seats

VF PLUS – 4.86%, 1 Seat

Laingsburg

ANC – 46.08%, 3 Seats

DA – 43.88%, 3 Seats

KOP – 4.5%, 1 Seat

Bitou

DA – 48.58%, 6 Seats

ANC – 40.99%, 6 Seats

AUF – 5.36%, 1 Seat

Kannaland

ICOSA – 48.14%, 3 Seats

DA – 27.52%, 2 Seats

ANC – 21.51%, 2 Seats

Prince Albert

DA – 33.53%, 3 Seats

KGP – 32.52%, 2 Seats

ANC – 31.63%, 2 Seats

Witzenberg

ANC – 46.73%, 8 Seats

DA – 41.01%, 7 Seats

KSR – 5.15%, 1 Seat

Knysna

DA 49.61%, 10 Seats

ANC 32.14%, 7 Seats

COPE 5.71, 1 Seats

Gauteng

Mogale City

ANC – 48.845, 38 Seats

DA – 34.88%, 27 Seats

EFF – 11.65%, 9 Seats

Limpopo

Modimolle/Mookgopong

ANC – 47.58, 13 Seats

DA – 24.11%, 7 Seats

EFF – 19.44%, 6 Seats

Thabazimbi

ANC – 45.3%, 10 Seats

DA – 22.21%, 5 Seats

EFF – 20.24%, 5 Seats

KwaZulu-Natal

Mtubatuba

IFP – 44.86%, 18 Seats

ANC – 43.98%, 18 Seats

DA – 3.82%, 2 Seats

Estcourt/Loskop

ANC – 49.48%, 23 Seats

IFP – 39.73%, 18 Seats

DA – 4.165, 2 Seats

Nquthu

DA- 33.53%, 3 Seats

KGP – 32.52%, 2 Seats

ANC – 31.63%

Abaqulusi

DA – 33.53%, 3 Seats

KGP – 32.52%, 2 Seats

ANC – 31.63%, 2 Seats

Endumeni

ANC – 49.53%, 6 Seats

IFP – 30.52%, 4 Seats

DA – 15.59%, 2 Seats

Jozini

ANC 47.885, 19 Seats

IFP 46.18%, 18 Seats

EFF 1.99, 1 Seat

eDumbe

ANC – 50.65%, 8 Seats

DA – 29.26%, 5 Seats

IFP – 15.51, 3 Seats

Northern Cape

Kgatelopele

ANC – 43.05%, 3 Seats

DA – 28.1%, 2 Seats

KCF – 22%, 2 Seats

Ubuntu

ANC – 42.04%, 3 Seats

DA – 31.21%, 2 Seats

Independents – 13.76%, 2 Seats

Nama Khoi

ANC – 46.73%, 8 Seats

DA – 41.015, 7 Seats

KSR – 5.15%, 1 Seat

Free State

Metsimaholo

ANC – 45.08%, 19 Seats

DA – 28.97%, 12 Seats

EFF – 17.87%, 8 Seats

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