By Lelethu Mquqo
21 May 2011
The latest election results show that the ANC has won control of the Mangaung Metro, receiving 67% of the vote, the DA was second with almost 28%.
In 2006, the ANC got 73% of Bloemfontein’s vote, while the DA had only 17% support then.
The Independent Electoral Commission has also announced that there is very little doubt that the DA’s candidate Patricia de Lille will be Cape Town’s new mayor.
This is despite a recount of votes from some township areas.
With more than 98% of the votes having been tallied, the DA had secured 62% of the vote in the metro, and the ANC just under 32%.
The IEC’s Courtney Sampson says he is convinced that an official’s failure to hand in voting slips from three areas, which necessitated the recount, was not malicious.
In Johannesburg, President Jacob Zuma said people knew which party had the ability to bring change to their lives.
He says this is why they supported the ANC in massive numbers in this week’s local government elections.
Over a thousand people flocked to the ANC’s victory party near Luthuli House in Johannesburg yesterday evening.
Zuma thanked party supporters and officials who worked hard to keep the party in charge.