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Newcomers unseat opposition parties in the Northern Cape

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Vote counting is still under way at Sol Plaatje, Gamagara, Joe Morolong and Ga Segonyana municipalities.

Election officials count ballots. Picture: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

WHILE the ANC has retained an overwhelming stronghold in the majority of municipalities in the Northern Cape, up-and-coming parties are unseating traditional opposition parties.

Vote counting is still under way at Sol Plaatje, Gamagara, Joe Morolong and Ga Segonyana municipalities.

The EFF is the official opposition in a number of municipalities, while the Patriotic Alliance has secured seats in a few councils in the Province.

Community-driven service delivery forums outshone the “big three” political parties in some municipalities.

The ANC increased voter support in the troubled Phokwane Municipality, where it received 47.17 percent of the vote compared to 42.21 percent in the last local government elections in 2016. The ANC will have 10 seats in council.

The EFF is now the official opposition at Phokwane Municipality, having secured four seats in council and an overall 23.36 percent support.

The DA received 11.61 percent with two proportional representative seats (PR), while the FF+ has claimed one seat after receiving 5.76 percent of the votes.

Newcomers, the Phokwane Service Delivery Forum secured 3.36 percent and the Forum 4 Service Delivery received 2.33 percent, with each party earning one seat in council.

The Umsobomvu Residents Association is the official opposition to the ANC at Umsobomvu Municipality with four seats in council after winning 29.29 percent of the vote.

The EFF is the official opposition at Dikgatlong Municipality, where it obtained 17.36 percent of the vote and clinched three proportional representative (PR) seats.

The ANC received an increase in support – from 42.21 percent in 2016 to 51.07 percent this time round. They will occupy eight seats in council.

The Patriotic Alliance (PA) will have two seats in council with a 10.63 percent share of the vote.

The DA and Dikgatlong Independent Forum were awarded one seat each in council.

The Save Tsantsabane Coalition is the official opposition at Tsantsabane Municipality after it won 19.17 percent of the vote.

The ANC won the municipality by a 50.42 percent majority, with the DA claiming 14.57 percent and the EFF taking 12.02 percent, compared to the 1.37 percent it received in the last local government elections.

While the FF+ did not receive any seats in council, its support increased from 0.72 percent to 2.37 percent.

The ANC failed to secure an outright win in the Richtersveld, where it won 47.29 percent of the vote, while the DA received 28.36 percent.

The Namakwa Civic Movement received the second highest number of votes at Khâi-Ma Municipality with 19.62 percent, while the ANC took 50.55 percent.

Cope and the EFF managed to secure one seat each in council.

The Namakwa Civic Movement will occupy four seats in the Nama Khoi Municipality and one seat in Kamiesberg Municipality.

At Thembelihle Municipality, the ANC won 39.81 percent and will have five PR seats, followed by the EFF with 24.54 percent and three seats.

The DA, FF+ and Siyathemba Community Movement will have one seat each.

The EFF is the official opposition in the Thembelihle, Kareeberg and Magareng municipalities.

At Kai! Garib Municipality, Hope for the Future is the official opposition party with 21.49 percent of the vote, followed by the DA with 18.03 percent, the EFF with 4.9 percent and the FF+ with three percent. The ANC won 44.36 percent of the vote.

The PA is the official opposition in Kgatelopele Municipality after it received 18.47 percent of the vote and two seats in council. The DA also has two seats with 16.97 percent support.

Independent candidates won the third highest number of votes at ǃKheis Municipality, with 12.62 percent, and will occupy two seats in council.

The DA is still the official opposition in Hantam, Dawid Kruiper, Kamiesberg, ǃKheis, Emthanjeni, Siyacuma, Renosterberg and Nama Khoi.

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