Following what has been declared a “free and fair” municipal government election, the ANC has once again reigned supreme. Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson Glen Mashinini announced that the leading party received a 161 majority in the 213 contested councils.
The DA thereafter achieved majority in 13 municipalities, followed by the IFP with a majority in 10 municipalities. The remaining 66 “hung” municipalities saw no party majority.
While the ANC won over Buffalo City and Mangaung, the DA retained its stronghold on the City of Cape Town. Mishinini says the commission cleared over 280 objections and congratulated 10 400 elected councilors.
Addressing the nation this evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa thanked the 12.3 million South Africans who voted, praising the country for a peaceful election.
According to the president, it is clear that citizens want “their lives improved, better services, equal opportunities and to be treated with dignity”. He urged leaders to set aside their differences and create the change the country needs.
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