Local elections 2021: news & insights

Keep up to date with the latest on the local elections

27 October 2021 - 10:28
By SOWETANLIVE

'We supported DA in metros to weaken ANC,' says Malema

Weakening the ANC by keeping it out of power and leveling the playing field for the EFF had been the reason behind the ...

Siviwe Feketha
Political reporter

'We gave the ANC a chance to salvage itself': Malema on voting with the DA

EFF leader Julius Malema says the ANC has itself to blame for the dismal loss of power in some of the country’s richest ...

ANC was punished at the polls for not convincing SA it was dealing with ...

The ANC head of elections Fikile Mbalula admitted that voters punished the party for being unconvincing in its promise ...

READER LETTER | Elections perpetuate oppression of our people

Now that the elections and swearing in of councillors and mayors is almost done, it's time to educate the voters about ...

By READER LETTER

Double blow for ANC in Ekurhuleni as DA takes mayor, speaker posts

The DA's Refiloe Nt'sekhe has dismissed claims she absconded from the Ekurhuleni council meeting at which a new mayor ...

By Nonkululeko Njilo and and Penwell Dlamini

EFF, ActionSA’s support came with no strings attached, says DA

Addressing DA supporters following the party's big wins in Ekurhuleni and the City of Johannesurg on Monday, DA leader ...

Nomazima Nkosi
Senior council reporter

Masina promises new DA mayor peaceful power transfer, cooperation

Former Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina has committed the ANC into working with the new DA led-administration to ...

DA has to govern Joburg by consensus: Phalatse

The people of Johannesburg did not give the DA a clear majority, therefore the party cannot be expected to exclusively ...

Nomazima Nkosi
Senior council reporter

Small parties to the fore in hung municipalities

Smaller political parties who hold sway over who gets to govern hung municipalities across the country, including the ...

Isaac Mahlangu
Senior reporter

Meshoe calls for stability in hungcouncils

ACDP leader Rev Kenneth Meshoe wants the looming coalition governments in hung councils to be vehicles to help ensure ...

By Isaac Mahlangu and Siviwe Feketha

Ramaphosa asks parties to work together

President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the outcome of this year’s municipal elections as a clear expression from South ...

Siviwe Feketha
Political reporter

DA keeps Cape Town but with a reduced majority of 58%

It's official: The DA will govern Cape Town for another five years, but with a reduced majority.

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent

IEC declares SA's elections 'free and fair', despite challenges

The electoral authority announced that the ANC had won the majority of the country's councils, but that 66 were "hung" ...

ANC wins broken Ditsobotla by 51.58%

The ANC has retained the dysfunctional Ditsobotla local municipality in Lichtenburg, North West, with a slight majority ...

Mpho Koka
Journalist

'There was a coalition before and it didn’t help us'

Residents from Gauteng metros have expressed mixed reactions to the prospects of coalition governments in their ...

By Mpho Koka, Promise Marupeng, Tankiso Makhetha and Keletso Mkhwanazi

"ANC losing support an indication of what may happen in 2024"

The ANC's poor showing in the local government elections which saw its national electoral support drop  below 50% for ...

By Isaac Mahlangu and Siviwe Feketha

Vuwani residents vote for ANC after a 10-year boycott

Residents of Vuwani in Limpopo, who boycotted voting in municipal elections in 2016 over demarcation issues, have ...

Jozi wards snatched from the big players

While many Johannesburg wards remained in the hands of political parties that previously ran them before the local ...

By Tankiso Makhetha and Yoliswa Sobuwa

IEC members ambushed in Mpumalanga after elections, votes secure

The ballot papers had been counted before the attack so the votes were not compromised.

Praying for a saviour in remote Matebeleng village

Community members of  Matebeleng - a remote village next to the N1 highway en-route to Polokwane say it is only God who ...

ANC enjoys lead in early voting results with five councils secured so far

As results for the municipal elections continued to trickle in on Tuesday morning, the ANC maintained its lead despite ...

Siviwe Feketha
Political reporter

‘Confident’ Malema says the EFF will win the local government elections ...

Malema said victory was imminent for the party and that the youth's vote could be decisive when all the votes are ...

Blind granny (90) losing hope for RDP house

All that 90-year-old blind granny Zithulele Manganye hopes her vote will get her is an RDP house.

By Keletso Mkhwanazi

Thembisa turnout 'worst ever'

Deep distrust, apathy, wariness and weariness - the mood in Thembisa, Ekhuruleni, on election day is palpable.

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist

Election hopes high in Emfuleni, but residents demand change

Residents in major townships in Emfuleni local municipality say they have cast their vote to bring about change that ...

Beer-drinking takes centre stage at dysfunctional Ditsobotla

It was a day of mixed emotions during election day on Monday as residents of the dysfunctional Ditsobotla in North West ...

Mpho Koka
Journalist

Man arrested for trying to vote twice

A man was arrested on Monday for trying to vote twice in the local government elections at the Sindawonye Primary ...

By Dimakatso Modipa

Former Joburg mayor promises to resolve Soweto electricity problems

Sowetans took to the streets on voting day to show their dissatisfaction at the lack of services and the rolling ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

'They are all full of nonsense': Disillusionment and dissatisfaction in ...

Voting is slow in Nelmapius, and voters are generally not happy with their political leaders.

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter

Juju Valley resident Molomo hopes voting will take her out of misery

After casting her vote, Shela Molomo got on with her day as she pushed a wheelbarrow to fetch water.

Marikana remains hot potato for political parties

Madoda Goniwe, who cast his vote at Marikana Combined School in ward 31, said tribalism and corruption had resulted in ...

Lindile Sifile
Journalist

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Residents vote to change Nyanga’s status as ...

Residents in Nyanga hope their votes in the 2021 municipal elections will help win the fight against crime in the Cape ...

KZN communities dig trenches, lock gates and ...

Road closures, locked gates, trenches and a voting station break-in were some of the incidents that hampered the ...

By Staff Reporter

Residents walk into voting stations to fetch water

"We have not had water in four days. This is the first time that Etwatwa has not come out in their numbers to vote in ...

Residents of dysfunctional Ditsobotla hoping for the best

Despite an almost two-hour delay to the start of voting at Thabo Mpempe Primary School, dozens of residents in the ...

Mpho Koka
Journalist

Thembisa turnout 'worst ever'

Deep distrust, apathy, wariness and weariness - the mood in Thembisa, Ekhuruleni, on election day is palpable.

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist

Motlanthe urges people to choose councillors who will give service

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe is hoping for less load-shedding.

Yoliswa Sobuwa
Journalist

The pain of not finding my name on the roll

Kaylee Veeran was looking forward to cast her vote at Hofland Park Recreational Centre in Johannesburg but her name was ...

Yoliswa Sobuwa
Journalist

Residents shut down polling station over lack of water

The community of Emaphupheni, near Daveyton on the East Rand, have shut down a voting station as they protest over ...

Makhabane, fellow stars vote for change

When gospel legend Sipho Makhabane cast his vote on Monday morning, he was voting for change and more development in ...

We need honest people not thieves - Mbeki

Mbeki was speaking at Holy Family College in Parktown where he casted his vote on Monday.

Yoliswa Sobuwa
Journalist

First time voters urge youth to come out in ...

First time voters have appealed to their generation to to go to the polls in numbers.

Karabo Ledwaba
Journalist

Voters in troubled Emfuleni municipality say they will cast votes for jobs ...

Residents of the troubled Emfuleni local municipality who cast their vote today say they are doing it for employment ...

Deliver on your promises, mom and daughter tell political parties as they ...

Soshanguve residents who came to cast their votes at Nchuncheko primary school are complaining about service delivery.

By Keletso Mkhwanazi

Orlando residents upbeat about voting despite electricity problems

Residents of Orlando in Soweto have vowed to vote, despite the lack of services in the area.

"I woke up at 4.30am to cast my vote"

As the sun rose on election day, the first person to catch the rays while waiting at the gates of Sedi-Laka Primary ...

Thulani Mbele
Running Matters

ANC scrapes together Nelson Mandela Bay coalition and takes mayor's chair

The ANC managed to form a minority government on Monday, with the party taking the mayor’s chair in Nelson Mandela Bay.

By Yolanda Palezweni

Double blow for ANC in Ekurhuleni as DA takes mayor, speaker posts

The DA's Refiloe Nt'sekhe has dismissed claims she absconded from the Ekurhuleni council meeting at which a new mayor ...

By Nonkululeko Njilo and and Penwell Dlamini

Angry Umlazi voters protest outside eThekwini council inauguration

Disgruntled ward 78 residents staged a protest outside the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Monday, where the ...

By Mfundo Mkhize

DA mayoral candidate in Ekurhuleni withdraws from race

The DA’s mayoral candidate in Ekurhuleni Refiloe Nt’sekhe has withdrawn as a councillor candidate in the metro.

Disclosure of political party funders satisfies rights groups

The publishing of details of funding received by political parties has been hailed as a step that will strengthen SA's ...

By Isaac Mahlangu and Nonkululeko Njilo

Cyril Ramaphosa and Patrice Motsepe donated money to ANC ahead of election

Brothers-in-law Cyril Ramaphosa and mining mogul Patrice Motsepe came to the rescue of the financially strained ANC ...

READER LETTER | Recent elections exposed IEC bias

Please allow me to voice my feelings about the Independent Electoral Commission of SA. The recent elections have ...

By READER LETTER

IEC to recount votes in 14 Cape Town voting districts

The Electoral Commission has confirmed that it will do a recount of votes in 14 voting districts in the city of Cape ...

Aphiwe Deklerk
Political reporter

READER LETTER | Coalitions must work for all citizens

I have observed the behaviour of opposition political parties since the official announcement of results by the IEC and ...

By READER LETTER

Experts weigh in on what to expect from the medium-term budget

Investment and economic analysts hope to see the new finance minister prioritise policies that grow the economy and ...

By Alex Patrick and Gill Gifford

Isipingo residents take their anger to the streets

Scores of residents from Isipingo, south of Durban, took to the streets to protest on Monday morning, burning debris ...

By Yasantha Naidoo

SOWETAN | Claims of IEC's decline are not fair

Asked by journalists what election management lessons the Independent Electoral Commission has learnt over this period, ...

By Sowetan

IEC declares SA's elections 'free and fair', despite challenges

The electoral authority announced that the ANC had won the majority of the country's councils, but that 66 were "hung" ...

Why young adults stayed away from polls

Tumi Miya from Freedom Park, south of Johannesburg, is among young adults aged 18 and 19 who did not participate in the ...

Yoliswa Sobuwa
Journalist

ANC could lose full control of all Gauteng's nine municipalities

The ANC in Gauteng finds itself in even deeper trouble as IEC results show it has so far failed to secure an outright ...

Aphiwe Deklerk
Political reporter

Ramaphosa asks parties to work together

President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the outcome of this year’s municipal elections as a clear expression from South ...

Siviwe Feketha
Political reporter

At least 96% of votes captured as IEC closes in on final results

The commission’s general manager on electoral matters, Granville Abrahams, said 96.9% of results were already in the ...

Ramaphosa to visit IEC results centre on Thursday 'in his capacity as ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to visit the national results operation centre on Thursday in his capacity as the ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Cape Town mayor-elect Hill-Lewis thanks voters, vows to earn their faith

Cape Town mayor-elect Geordin Hill-Lewis has thanked Capetonians for giving the DA another mandate to govern the city.

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent

ANC takes a hammering in Ekurhuleni metro

By lunchtime on Thursday, the ANC had scored 86 seats in the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality, needing a further 26 ...

Lindile Sifile
Journalist

You will not get load-shed if you live in an area with an IEC results ...

The IEC has reached an agreement with Eskom to hold back on load-shedding in areas where election results centres are ...

Mawande AmaShabalala
Political journalist

ANC wins Soweto wards where protesters blocked roads to party election ...

Despite trying to block the party from holding its final election rally last week, residents of Senaoane and Dlamini in ...

Aphiwe Deklerk
Political reporter

Losing candidate disrupts WC results announcement, brings proceedings to ...

“It's not time to sweep things under the carpet," Democratic Independent leader Anwar Adams shouted as he disrupted ...

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent

'We all want the same thing': Ramaphosa urges parties to work together

"They want to live in a better South Africa with equal opportunity, where their rights are realised, and where they are ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

IEC says it’s not to blame for poor voter turnout, set to release final ...

The IEC says it is not responsible for the poor voter turnout in the 2021 local government elections, saying it ...

OPINION

THAMSANQA D. MALINGA | Zuma has done more than Mbeki and co. for ANC's ...

I hold the opinion that the ANC's brown sheep and former president Jacob Zuma has done more for the ANC's election ...

By Thamsanqa D. Malinga

READER LETTER | Think deeply before you choose your leaders

South Africans, we’re a few days before the sixth municipal elections. Obviously, we know that the concept of service ...

By READER LETTER

LINDIWE SISULU | Hope is restoring ANC to heart of the people who love it

Usually, campaigning is an exciting exercise, spending more time on the ground with our people, listening and learning, ...

By Lindiwe Sisulu