DA, EFF win over disgruntled Cope voters in N Cape

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) appear to have mopped up the votes shed by the Congress of the People (Cope) in the Northern Cape national elections. 

By noon on Thursday, the DA had 96 993 votes, an increase of nearly 43 000 on the 54 215 it won in the 2009 election. This means its percentage of the votes has increased from 13% to around 24%.

The EFF had debuted with 19 382 votes, about 5%. This is around the same number of votes that the Independent Democrats won in the province in 2009 (19 584).

The ANC has yet to reach the 253 264 votes it won in 2009. At noon it was sitting at 249 968 votes, which means it retains the same 61% of the province it had in the last election.

Cope’s tally dropped from 66 082 in 2009 to 15 943 – a loss of about 50 000 votes.

By noon on Thursday, more than 90% of the voting districts in the province had been counted: 404 502 votes had been counted, of which 6 774 were spoilt. The voter turnout was 74.16%, according to the IEC.

There are just under 600 000 registered voters in the Northern Cape.

The results of the Northern Cape provincial elections largely mirror the national election results, with the ANC at 249 539 votes, just over 63% of the votes; the DA on 97 213 votes (25%) and the Economic Freedom Fighers at 18 802 (5%). Cope is in fourth place with 14 698 votes (3.74%).

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Related stories

Calls for climate change to top DA policy conference agenda

Some people in the Democratic Alliance apparently have a narrow view of what sustainability means, but voters are concerned about the climate crisis

Metro cops, SAPS clash over control

Tensions between the City of Cape Town and the police service over responsibilities mirrors the strain between national and local government

Bravo Bongani Baloyi!

Midvaal’s young mayor dispels all the persistent myths of young leaders not being able to govern effectively

Comrade Andrew Mlangeni was the embodiment of service

Kgalema Motlanthe paid tribute to ANC struggle stalwart Andrew Mlangeni, who died on Tuesday, at his 95th birthday celebrations last month

Sewage still flows into ‘Poo Lake’

Despite Ekurhuleni spending R2.8-million on a sewer line to prevent further damage to a pump station, raw waste has contaminated a wetland

Saving southern Africa’s oldest languages

The decline of N|uu dates all the way back to 1652, when the first Europeans arrived by ship at the Cape of Good Hope.

Vaccine trial results due in December

If successful, it will then have to be manufactured and distributed

White men still rule and earn more

Women and black people occupy only a few seats at the JSE table, the latest PwC report has found

The PPE scandal that the Treasury hasn’t touched

Many government officials have been talking tough about dealing with rampant corruption in PPE procurement but the majority won't even release names of who has benefited from the R10-billion spend

ANC still at odds over how to tackle leaders facing...

The ANC’s top six has been mandated to work closely with its integrity committee to tackle claims of corruption against senior party members

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday