UPDATE | Elections 2021: Significant swings overnight as the battle for SA’s metros draws to a close

As of Thursday morning, five of the country’s eight metros will not have an outright winner, paving the way for vital coalition talks.

02 November 2021 - 09:51

If coalition talks haven’t yet begun, perhaps they should start soon. Such is the situation on Thursday morning across SA’s metros that multiparty teaming up is going to be the order of the day.

The ANC and the DA were neck-and-neck in Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay, while the former had been able to open up a gap in Johannesburg. The ANC had also squeaked over the 50% mark in Mangaung, but this could easily change as the final dust settles.

Only in two councils, Cape Town and Buffalo City, is the ultimate winning party set to get more than the 50% needed for an outright majority. Coalitions will be the order of the day everywhere else.

Exactly who the big winners and losers are will be revealed when the IEC releases the official results on Thursday evening, but it is looking increasingly clear that the ANC has been this election’s big loser.

Editor’s note: This story will no longer be updated, as final results are expected Thursday evening. 

SA has eight metropolitan councils — Buffalo City and Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape, eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Town in the Western Cape, Mangaung in the Free State, and Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg and Tshwane in Gauteng — and these are key battlegrounds, given how tightly contested many of these were in the last local vote in 2016.

Below is the situation in each of these metros, with results correct as at 8am on Thursday on the Electoral Commission (IEC) website.

TimesLIVE has kept the earlier summaries below the latest situation as an indication of how the votes are developing.

We’ll start with the coastal provinces and move inland.

City of Cape Town

At 8am on Thursday:

On Wednesday night, the DA projected that it would end below 60% in the City of Cape Town, and it appears that this will be the case.

By Thursday morning, the party had secured 59.77% of the vote — a drop in performance from the last local government vote in 2016. However, this was still a comfortable lead over the ANC (17.37%) and GOOD (3.98%). The EFF was closing in on the third spot in the metro, climbing to 3.85% overnight. 

At 8pm on Wednesday:

DA leader John Steenhuisen said on Wednesday afternoon that residents of the Cape Town metro had given the party the mandate to govern for another five years. Even though the results are not yet official, he is correct in his assessment.

By Wednesday night, nearly 48 hours after polling closed, the DA has continued to hold a commanding lead in the Western Cape’s only metro. The party has secured 61.74% of the vote, some 45% clear of the ANC (14.29%). No other party has reached the 5% mark in the metro.

At 2pm on Wednesday:

The DA’s dominance continued on Wednesday, growing its overall support from earlier in the morning.

The DA was on 62.27% of the vote at 2pm, up slightly from the 61.87% from the morning. The ANC remained second, well off the pace on 13.26%. GOOD held on to its third spot (4.47%), opening up a bigger gap over the Cape Coloured Congress (3.76%) and the EFF (3.04%) in the top five.

This one is in the bag for the DA. 

At 8am on Wednesday:

The only major change overnight in Cape Town is that the Cape Coloured Congress (CCC) has failed to maintain third place,  having been overtaken by former mayor Patricia de Lille’s GOOD party.

According to IEC figures, GOOD moved to 4.44% overnight, while the CCC was on 4.11%. It will still be close for third spot as votes continue to come in.

The DA continued to sit comfortably on top of the pile in the Western Cape’s only metro, with 61.87% of the vote by just after 8am. The ANC was a distant second on 13.25%. The EFF (2.96%) and the ACDP (2.8%) could be in for a scrap to determine the fifth-best party. 

At 8pm on Tuesday:

The DA looks to have Cape Town wrapped up, with just the margin remaining to be seen.

At 8pm on the IEC website, the DA had secured 60.89% of the vote (292,732 votes), with the ANC lagging well behind on 14.74% (70,863 votes) and the CCC still in third spot with 4.17% (20,052).

At 2pm on Tuesday:

The DA’s early strong start in Cape Town has continued through the day, though the margin of its lead has come down.

The ruling party in the council had secured 60.97% of the vote, translating to 140,919 votes. The ANC was its closest challenger with 14.43% (33,360 votes), followed by the CCC (4.91%, or 11,340 votes). GOOD (4.28%) and the EFF (3.1%) make up the last two parties in the top five.

At 8am on Tuesday:

The ruling DA is off to a strong start, obtaining 66.28% (40,056 votes), followed by the ANC with 8.39% (5,072 votes) and the CCC with 5.75% (3,477 votes).

Other parties in the top five were GOOD (4.75%) and the ACDP (3.4%). The EFF has made a slow start, with 1.82%.

Nelson Mandela Bay (Gqeberha)

At 8am on Thursday:

Just 2,500 votes and less than 0.5% separate the DA and the ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay, with the former snatching a narrow lead overnight.

On Thursday morning, the DA was on 39.92% of the vote, followed by the ANC on 39.44%, while the EFF had dipped slightly to 6.4%. With a host of parties securing 1% of the vote, there is going to be big horse-trading when it comes to coalition discussions. 

At 8pm on Wednesday:

It has remained extremely close in Nelson Mandela Bay as the afternoon progressed, with the ANC and the DA neck-and-neck. But as things stand, neither party has enough support to enter into a two-party coalition, meaning that support will be needed from a host of other players to cross over the line.

By Wednesday night, the ANC had 40.8%, followed by the DA on 39.07%. The EFF was next best, on 6.75%. No other party had breached the 2% mark, but seven parties had obtained more than 1% — an indication that a multiparty coalition, however fraught, could well be possible. 

At 2pm on Wednesday:

It has remained extremely tight in the Windy City, with the ANC and the DA still separated by just a few percentage points. This race will go down to the wire.

The ANC had secured 40.01% of the vote by Wednesday afternoon, while the DA was on 38.86% and still within touching distance. The EFF was on 6.81%, a dip from where it was overnight.

No other party has been able to breach the 2% mark.

At 8am on Wednesday:

In a worrying state of affairs for the ANC, the DA has significantly closed the gap at the top of the standings in the Eastern Cape’s biggest metro.

The DA slashed the ANC’s lead to less than 2% overnight, claiming 38.93% compared to the ANC's 40.81%. The EFF was in third spot (7.29%). No other party has been able to pass the 2% mark in Nelson Mandela Bay at this stage, meaning coalition negotiations are going to be incredibly fraught if the state of play remains.

There is still a fair way to go in the metro, so expect this situation to change fairly rapidly throughout the day as more results come in.

At 8pm on Tuesday:

The ANC continued to hold its lead in Nelson Mandela Bay, with 44.38% of the vote (49,131 votes), followed by the DA on 36.99% (40,949 votes) and the EFF on 7.3% (8,084 votes).

The number of votes counted means the situation could well change, but it is looking like another coalition will be needed to determine which party’s rep ends up wearing the mayoral chains.

At 2pm on Tuesday:

The ANC has overturned the early DA lead in Nelson Mandela Bay and has taken pole position in the Windy City.

The ANC has 46.84% of the vote (24,644 votes), followed by the DA with 33.6% (17,678 votes) and the EFF with 7.76% (4,084 votes). Newcomers the Abantu Integrity Movement (1.9%) and the Defenders of the People (1.81%) make up the top five.

One might suggest the Friendly City nickname might not apply if the race continues to tighten and chop and change over the next few hours.

At 8am on Tuesday:

The DA leads in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro. The DA had obtained 9,351 of the votes counted by 8am, translating to 44.83%. The ANC was next, with 7,340 votes (35.19%) and the EFF third with 1,289 votes (6.18%).

The Defenders of the People (2.33%) and the VF+ (1.75%) rounded out the top five.

Buffalo City (East London)

At 8am on Thursday:

The ANC’s support in Buffalo City dropped overnight, but it still held a comfortable lead. In fact, the situation in the East London-based council is almost a mirror reflection of what is happening with the DA in the City of Cape Town.

On Thursday morning, the ANC was on 59.46%, with the DA on 19.64%. The EFF had also made some ground in the council, sitting on 11.95%.

No other party had secured more than 1% of the vote. 

At 8pm on Wednesday:

Much like the DA in Cape Town, the ANC will be the comfortable winner in Buffalo City. In fact, the party had increased its lead since early afternoon.

By 8pm on Wednesday, the ANC was on 61.1% of the vote, followed by the DA on 17.43% and the EFF on 12.21%. No coalition needed here.

At 2pm on Wednesday:

The ANC has kept its grip firmly on Buffalo City, and is unlikely to be dislodged.

By Wednesday afternoon the situation had basically remained unchanged from the morning, with only fractional dips and increases in performance.

The ANC was comfortably in front on 60.73% of the vote, the DA well behind on 18.17% and the EFF in third on 11.84%. A host of other parties were hovering around the 1% mark.

At 8am on Wednesday:

In another blow, the ANC also took a huge overnight knock in this East London-based municipality, though its lead remained comfortable by Wednesday morning.

The party had secured 60.65% of the vote, meaning an ANC majority was likely in the traditional stronghold. The big overnight winner in Buffalo City was the DA, which shot up to 18.43% of the vote, with the EFF dropping slightly to 11.82%.

The ATM and the PAC just scraped over the 1% mark to round out the top 5.

At 8pm on Tuesday:

In Buffalo City it appears the council will remain an ANC stronghold. At 8pm, the party had 69.37% of the counted vote, roughly in line with its 2016 performance. The EFF lags well behind with 12.33% of the vote, and the DA is further back on 11.4%.

Much like in Cape Town, it seems the winner is clear and it’s just the margin that remains to be seen.

At 2pm on Tuesday:

The EFF is continuing to make its presence felt in Buffalo City, increasing its support since 8am. However, it still lags significantly behind the ANC which, despite it being very early in the counting process, will be happy.

The ANC has 71.94% of the support by 2pm (35,915 votes), followed by the EFF (13.19%, or 6,584 votes), the DA (7.59%, or 3,791 votes), the African Transformation Movement (1.21%) and the PAC (1.19%).

At 8am on Tuesday: 

A very slow start in Buffalo City, but the ANC was first out of the blocks.

The party secured 83.16%, but this was based on just 2,627 votes counted for the ANC. The EFF was second with 10.79% (341 votes) and the DA third with 2.25% (71 votes). No other party had secured more than 0.8% of the early votes by 8am

eThekwini (Durban)

At 8am on Thursday:

The ANC has stayed stable in eThekwini overnight, but will now almost certainly lose outright control of the council.

On Thursday morning its support had slipped slightly to 42.61%, the DA was on 25.12% and the EFF on 10.51% (a slight jump overnight). The IFP (7.09%) and ActionSA (1.85%) round out the top 5.

At 8pm on Wednesday:

The ANC will be the leading party in eThekwini once official results are announced, but it is very unlikely to end up with an outright victory.

Despite another small increase in support over the course of the afternoon, the ANC had only climbed to 42.92% by 8pm on Wednesday — meaning that it will need a coalition partner to lead.

The DA was second on 26.71%, and the EFF on 10.14% — a result that, if it holds, means an ANC/EFF coalition would be enough to surpass the 50% mark.

At 2pm on Wednesday:

The ANC's fortunes had improved slightly in eThekwini by Wednesday afternoon, but the party was still significantly down on where it would have hoped to be. As more votes come in, the unlikely pre-election scenario of a coalition government in eThekwini is looking more and more likely.

By 2pm, the ANC had secured 42.52% of the vote (up from 40.18%). The DA was on 27.05% (down 3% from the morning) and the EFF on 10.12% (up from 9.31%).

It is clear that the EFF has significantly eaten into the ANC's support — a worrying situation for the ruling party.

At 8am on Wednesday:

The ANC suffered a big blow in eThekwini overnight, slipping further below the 50% mark in an area considered a stronghold. This is certainly a big headache for the ruling party.

Overnight, the ANC had secured 40.18% of the vote, the DA 30.15% and the EFF 9.31%. The IFP (6.66%) and ActionSA (2.13%) also dented the ANC in eThekwini.

This is arguably the most surprising of the ANC’s collapses. With a provincial turnout of just 36%, it perhaps could have been foretold but not to this extent.

There is a long way to go as eThekwini’s results are often the last to be finalised, but there will be much soul-searching at the ANC’s provincial HQ.

At 8pm on Tuesday:

The ANC could be in for a battle in Durban. Though it is still early — eThekwini results often lag other metros — the ANC has dipped below the 50% mark.

At 8pm, the ruling party had 48.31% of the vote, the DA 24.35% and the EFF 10.94%.

This will be one to keep an eye on as more results start coming through.

At 2pm on Tuesday:

After a slow start, we finally have some early results in eThekwini. It is worth bearing in mind that the lag in the release of these results mean the situation in the Durban-based council is behind the other metros so there is room for potentially big shifts in support.

The IEC website at 2pm showed the ANC had secured more than half the vote (50.91%), but this is from just 23,831 votes. The DA is second (25.74%, or 12,051 votes) and the EFF third (8.48%, or 3,968 votes). The IFP (4.02%) and the ACDP (1.08%) round out the top five.

Still a long way to go, and this will be a key one to watch as a litmus test of the ANC’s support.

At 8am on Tuesday:

Often the last metro to be concluded, the IEC website said there were “no results” available by 8am.

Mangaung (Bloemfontein)

At 8am on Thursday:

The ANC had a big — and potentially significant jump — overnight in the heart of the Free State, climbing to above the 50% mark and, potentially, clutching onto a tight but nonetheless outright majority.

On Thursday morning, the ANC was at 50.63%, more than 7% up from the night before. The DA had slipped to 25.73% (about 7.5% down), while the EFF grew overnight to 11.31% (about 2% up).

The VF+ also dropped overnight to 4.48%, as did the Patriotic Alliance, which fell to 1.8%.

The final results in Mangaung will be interesting to watch.

At 8pm on Wednesday:

The ANC's lead over the DA in Mangaung had declined since early afternoon on Wednesday, but it still held strong as leading party. However, like in five of the other metros, this was not enough for an outright win.

By 8pm, the party had 43.45% of the vote compared to the DA's 33.39%. The EFF also held its position as third-biggest party (9.44%), while the VF+ grew over the afternoon (6.05%) and the Patriotic Alliance dropped (2.58%).  

At 2pm on Wednesday:

Mangaung was one of the ANC's strongest metros in the 2016 local government election, with the party securing an outright majority. But how the situation has changed. IEC results showed that the ANC was unlikely to keep that majority, with a coalition government now the likely eventuality.

By Wednesday afternoon, the ANC had 45.05% of the vote, with the DA second on 31.11%. The EFF was in third on 9.43%, an indication that it has, again, eaten into the ANC's voter base, particularly amid low turnout.

The VF+ (5.43%) and the Patriotic Alliance (3.45%) round out the top five.

At 8am on Wednesday:

No change overnight by 8.30am on the IEC website.

At 8pm on Tuesday:

Much like eThekwini, the ANC could be in for a tight race in a council it won outright in 2016.

The number of votes counted are low and the situation could change but by 8pm, the ANC had 44.9% of the vote, the DA was on 31.27% and the EFF 9.37%.

At 2pm on Tuesday:

The ANC’s early lead in Mangaung has been pegged back, though it is still ahead in a council where it held firm in 2016. Figures at 2pm show the ANC has secured 41.42% (32,223 votes) of support, followed by the DA’s 35.02% (27,245 votes) and the EFF’s 8.71% (6,773 votes).

The performance of the VF+ (6.33%) and the Patriotic Alliance (3.14%) could go a long way to determine whether a coalition is needed in the heart of the Free State.

At 8am on Tuesday:

By 8am, the ANC had 8,400 of the counted vote (46.28%), followed by the DA (27.56%, or 5,001 votes) and the EFF (8.63%, or 1,566 votes).

Rounding out the top five were the Patriotic Alliance (7.78%) and the VF+ (4.62%).

City of Tshwane (Pretoria)

At 8am on Thursday:

The race for Tshwane narrowed overnight, with the ANC and the DA just 1% apart.

By Thursday morning, the ANC’s overnight lead had been cut, with the party sitting on 33.82% of the vote. The DA was on 32.81% having clawed back some of the ground it had lost during Wednesday afternoon.

The EFF’s support dropped in the capital, sliding to 10.62% overnight.

This is a race that’s going to go down to the wire. 

At 8pm on Wednesday:

Big movement in Tshwane through the afternoon, as the ANC had opened up a gap over the DA.

The DA had held the lead, albeit a narrow one, in the early afternoon, but the ANC had overturned it by 8pm. The ANC was on 36.06% and the DA on 30.74% — a significant swing in a council that it likely to be tight to the very end.

The EFF also grew through the afternoon, climbing to 11.34%, while ActionSA and the VF+ stayed in similar positions as they rounded out the top five.

At 2pm on Wednesday:

The battle for Tshwane has got even tighter, with only a few percentage points separating the ANC and the DA in SA's capital.

According to the IEC's figures on Wednesday afternoon, the DA still had a narrow lead in the council, with 34.05% of the vote compared to the ANC's 32.77%. This is likely to the closest race in the country's metros.

The EFF was in third spot on 10.84% of the vote, while ActionSA (8.84%) and the VF+ (7.61%) will also have a significant shout in the eventual coalition government that will rule Tshwane. 

At 8am on Wednesday:

The tight race for control in Tshwane has grown tighter, with the DA’s lead over the ANC cut from 10% to 3.5% overnight.

As of Wednesday morning, the DA had secured 35.07% of the vote to the ANC’s 32.44%. The EFF has gained about 1%, climbing to 10.25% overnight.

With coalitions guaranteed in the capital, how the VF+ (8.18%) and ActionSA (7.65%) fare in the final count will be crucial. 

At 8pm on Tuesday:

It is “squeaky bum time” in Gauteng, for sure, with all three metros incredibly tight.

Starting in Tshwane, where the DA held the majority at 8pm on Tuesday with 38.87% of the vote. The ANC was apparently the biggest loser in SA’s capital on Tuesday night, dropping to 29.07%, while the EFF was at 9.31%.

Herman Mashaba’s ActionSA was a significant reason for the fall in these parties’ fortunes, securing 7.24% of the vote. However, it was the VF+ that will be a big factor in almost certain coalition talks, having shot up to 9.15% as of 8pm.

At 2pm on Tuesday:

Another close race for power is brewing, this time in SA’s capital.

The DA, which was trailing the ANC at 8am, has opened up a slight lead. The party has 35.18% of counted support at 2pm (19,618 votes) compared to the ANC’s 30.89% (17,222 votes) and the EFF’s 11.34% (6,324 votes). The VF+ (9.88%) and ActionSA (7.95%) make up the top five.

Very early days, with a lot of counting to come, but it looks tight in Tshwane.

At 8am on Tuesday:

It’s already looking like it’s going to be a tight race. In Tshwane, the ANC has the early lead, but it is separated from the DA by only 320 votes.

By 8am, the ANC had 3,540 votes (33.35%), the DA 3,220 votes (30.33%) and the EFF 1,333 votes (12.56%). The VF+ also had reached double-figure percentages by 8am (10.24%) and newcomers ActionSA also made good early ground (8.62%).

City of Johannesburg

At 8am on Thursday:

Big gains for the ANC in the City of Joburg overnight, where the party had opened up a gap on the DA in what was an extremely tight race.

By Thursday morning, the ANC was on 34.06% of the vote, ahead of the DA's 25.49%. This will be a pleasing swing for the ANC in what has been a pretty nightmarish election.

ActionSA continued to hold strong at 16.06% of the vote so far, and will be a significant kingmaker in coalition talks. The EFF will also be buoyed going into those talks, having secured 10.75% of the vote by Thursday morning.

At 8pm on Wednesday:

There is just a half-percentage between the ANC and the DA in Johannesburg, in what was, by 8pm Wednesday, the tightest battle in the metros.

Like in Tshwane where the lead changed hands through the afternoon, the DA overtook the ANC in Joburg, even though the council is balanced on a knife’s edge. The DA was on 30.66% of the vote on Wednesday at 8pm, just ahead of the ANC's 30.16%.

ActionSA remained stable at 16.39% while the EFF dropped to 9.9%. The IFP rounds out the top 5. 

At 2pm on Wednesday:

The race for control of Johannesburg got even tighter since Wednesday morning, with the ANC's overnight dip in support continuing into the afternoon. As a result, the DA has closed the gap to just 2.5%, as another metro battle looks set to go the distance.

As of 2pm on Wednesday, the ANC was on 31.65% (down from 44.5% at 8pm Tuesday), while the DA had climbed to 29.11%. ActionSA was still polling strongly for a newcomer, sitting at 16.08%. The EFF was the only other party to hit double figures, on 10.59% by Wednesday afternoon.

At 8am on Wednesday:

Another municipality and another dip in support for the ANC. While the party has continued to hold on to its lead, it has been pegged back by the DA. By Wednesday morning, the ANC had secured 34.68% of the vote to the DA’s 25.5%.

Mashaba’s ActionSA has dipped from its early heights, but still remains the most significant coalition player in SA’s economic hub. The party had secured 16.61% of the vote by Wednesday morning. The EFF's 11.77% will also be a big factor.

At 8pm on Tuesday:

The ANC continued to hold strong as the leading party in Johannesburg, but it is very unlikely to reach the heights it did in 2016 when it received 44.5% of the vote. At 8pm on Tuesday, the party had secured 37.36% (127,217 votes).

The DA was also down from 2016 and was at 21.56% (73,403 votes), but the EFF was up from five years ago, sitting at 12.5% on Tuesday night.

ActionSA continued to perform well, though its proportion of the vote dipped from earlier in the day. At 8pm, the party had 17.86% of the vote.

At 2pm on Tuesday:

ActionSA has continued its strong showing in Johannesburg, even though party leader Mashaba told TimesLIVE he was disappointed the party didn’t do better despite causing chaos in SA’s biggest economic centre.

According to the IEC, the ANC was in control of Johannesburg, with 32.5% of support in its favour, translating to 35,617 votes. The DA was next with 27.84% (or 30,510 votes) and then ActionSA on 19.01% (or 20,838 votes). The EFF has breached the 10% mark, while the IFP is the fifth-biggest party with 1.58% of the vote.

At 8am on Tuesday:

Though it is very early, it appears ActionSA is going to be a significant factor in Johannesburg, where party leader Mashaba was mayor under the umbrella of his previous political home, the DA.

By 8am ActionSA had secured 19.2% of the vote in Joburg (4,292 votes), putting it in third position — a strong showing for the political newcomers. The ANC led early on, with 9,020 votes (35.14%) followed by the DA (23.29%, or 5,978 votes).

Making up the remainder of the top five were the EFF (13.59%) and the IFP (1.38%).

Ekurhuleni (Benoni)

At 8am on Thursday:

The ANC’s lead in the Benoni-based council declined overnight, but the party still held on to a comfortable lead.

On Thursday morning, the party had 36.27% of the vote (down about 2%), while the DA held steady at 28.42%. The EFF’s declines from early afternoon on Wednesday continued overnight, as it slipped to 11.98% (from a high of 14%).

The VF+ (4.23%) and the Patriotic Alliance (1.75%) make up the top 5.

At 8pm on Wednesday:

The ANC continues to hold a comfortable lead in Ekurhuleni, but it will not be enough for an outright victory. The party was on 38.53% of the vote, slightly up from the afternoon.

The DA was down from the 2pm situation, dipping to 28.42%, while the EFF dropped to 13.73%.

At 2pm on Wednesday:

The EFF will be extremely happy with its polling in Ekurhuleni, despite being the third-biggest party on Wednesday afternoon. The Red Berets (14%) were performing better here than in any other metro.

The ANC looks to have secured its spot as the leading party in the Benoni-based metro, but reaching 40% looks like it'll be a tough battle. The party was on 37.75% of the vote by Wednesday afternoon, followed by the DA on 29.07%.

At 8am on Wednesday:

Much like in Johannesburg, the ANC is increasingly likely to be confirmed as the leading party in Ekurhuleni.

The party had secured 38.18% of the vote by Wednesday morning, putting it ahead of the DA (28.74%) and opening up a slight gap between the two from Tuesday night’s tallies.

However, it is the impact of the EFF that will be crucial, with the party performing strongly here and sitting on 13.8%. ActionSA (6.3%) and the VF+ (3.61%) could end up with minor roles to play as the dust settles. 

At 2pm on Tuesday:

It is still incredibly close in Ekurhuleni, with the race tighter here than in any of the country’s other metros. The ANC has taken the lead from the DA since our 8am update, but the margins are very slim.

The ANC had secured 34.58% of the vote (65,369 votes) to the DA’s 33.69% (63,689 votes). The EFF rounds out the top three with 12.18% (23,020 votes). ActionSA (6.19%) and the VF+ (4.74%) make up the balance of the top five.

It’s going to go down to the wire, in all likelihood, in the Benoni-based council.

At 8am on Tuesday:

More votes had been counted in Ekurhuleni than any other metro by 8am, and it was the DA that led from those early results.

The DA received 26,176 of the votes (38.53%) followed by the ANC (29.87%, or 20,294 votes) and the EFF (10.71%, or 7,275 votes).

The VF+ and ActionSA made up the rest of the top five, with 6.3% and 5.6% of the counted vote respectively.


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