ANC parties, DA happy

Alfred Moselakgomo and Riot Hlatshwayo

Alfred Moselakgomo and Riot Hlatshwayo

While final votes have not yet been tallied, ANC supporters in Mpumalanga celebrated and the DA was confident it would remain the official opposition in the province after Wednesday's general elections.

By late yesterday the ANC was leading with 754293 votes, followed by the DA's 743347. Cope was in the third place with 24660 votes.

Since Wednesday ANC supporters have blocked Brown Street - where the provincial ANC offices are situated - blowing vuvuzelas and chanting slogans.

Thebe's latest hit, Siyabangena, is the song of the moment at the celebrations as ANC supporters claim to be "invading other parties' backyards".

Another party took place at Nkomazi near the Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland border.

Those celebrating told Sowetan that they would party until the morning. They started sending SMSes inviting the media to "the burial of the Congress of the People", saying it was a sad day for a toddler to die.

DA provincial premier candidate Anthony Benadie was at the IEC centre in Nelspruit from afternoon. He vowed to stay there until all results had been issued.

ANC premier candidate David Mabuza celebrated with supporters in the streets.

Meanwhile, the ANC in Mpumalanga has distanced itself from a list containing new faces for the next executive council.

According to the list, Clifford Mkasi is tipped to be health MEC, Cosatu secretary Norman Mokoena is to be MEC for public works, Sibongile Manana is destined for education, while Matthews Phosa's wife Pinky is earmarked to become MEC for economic development and planning.

Screamer Skhosana is apparently destined for finance, Refilwe Mtswene for local government and housing, while Violet Siwela will be agriculture and land administration MEC.

Vusumuzi Shongwe is tipped to become roads and transport MEC, currently held by Jackson Mthembu, who will apparently be moved to safety and security.

In reality, the ANC wants David Mabuza to become the premier and Siphosezwe Masango the speaker.

But Lucky Ndinisa, ANC provincial secretary, said: "We will only meet next week to discuss the names of the new executive. I want to tell the public, that list is fake."