Elections 2016

Municipalities have a week to hold first meeting

Municipalities have until August 24 to hold their first council meeting after the August 3 elections, the ministry of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs said on Tuesday. The clock started ticking on August 10 when the results of the local government elections were gazetted, said Cogta Minister David Van Rooyen. The[…]

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EFF meeting to decide coalition partner

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has not yet decided which political party it would partner with to form a coalition government in various hung municipalities, but the removal of President Jacob Zuma is a non-negotiable condition if the ruling party wishes to partner with it, EFF said on Monday. The[…]

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DA declares victory in Tshwane

While DA leader Mmusi Maimane says his party has won the Tshwane metro in the local government elections, he did not want to comment on Johannesburg. “I will wait a bit till I have a clearer picture,” he told reporters in Pretoria. On the capital city, a beaming Maimane was[…]

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Malema lays down coalition conditions

EFF leader Julius Malema has two conditions for any coalition partnership between his party and would-be suitors: that the deal will “change the life of the African child” and an agreement to “give the people the land”. With the party currently neatly placed to play the kingmaker role in three[…]

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IEC: Round up of voting day

As the much anticipated local municipal election process draws to a close, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), after two years of planning and employing 18 000 staff, confirms that everything is running on track. Provincial Electoral Officer for the IEC in the Western Cape Reverend Courtney Sampson explains that while nationally[…]

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Cape Muslim parties disappointed by DA’s victory

This week, political parties throughout the country competed for seats within their respective metro’s in the Local Municipal Elections. For many Muslim parties, particularly in the Western Cape, the provisional results have been a source of great dissatisfaction. While, Muslim parties appose blatant corruption, which has greatly impact the leading[…]

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Three murdered candidates win polls

It was a bitter-sweet, emotional victory for the families of three ANC candidates who were gunned down in KwaZulu-Natal in the run-up to this week’s municipal elections. The Umuziwabantu Municipality’s Ward 1 candidate Bongani Skhosana, Newcastle’s Thembi Mbongo (Ward 6) and Ladysmith’s Khanyisile Ngobese-Sibisi (Ward 20) all emerged victorious in[…]

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DA tops its 2011 performance

With a quarter of the results from South Africa’s local government elections still needing to be revealed, the country’s second-largest political party had already topped its performance in the 2011 elections. Those elections, which were at the time marked as a milestone for the Democratic Alliance, saw the party grab[…]

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