Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Elections biggest winner benefits from DA losses

The mainly white and Afrikaans-speaking Freedom Front Plus (FF+) appears to be the biggest winner of the 2019 national elections.

With just over half the votes counted, the FF+ has already doubled its 2014 votes.

In the last election, the party garnered 165 715 votes. So far, it’s already received 214 726 votes.

“We came up with the slogan of ‘Fight Back’ because that is how people felt. Now is the time in the election,” FF+ leader Pieter Groenewald said.

Groenewald denies his party campaigned on a ticket of Afrikaner populism, saying his party was only responding to how voters feel.

“We said use your vote in an election. Against ANC corruption. Against expropriation without compensation. I know there’s a perception that it is divisive, we have too much violence. If you say fight back on an election poster, we are saying use your vote,” Groenewald said.

The electoral victims that contributed to the FF Plus’ success appear to be Democratic Alliance (DA).

“There’s no doubt we made inroads in the white electorate of the DA,” Groenewald said.

“We openly came forward for the protection of minority rights, and we said we must abolish black economic empowerment and Affirmative Action. We got a lot of calls from our supporters specifically because of this stance.”

On how many seats the party would be allocated once the official vote result has been confirmed, Groenewald is confident of at least a dozen MPs will be sworn in when Parliament reconvenes. This is more than double their four seats allocated in 2014.

“We hope we can get between eight and 12 members of parliament. During the elections, I asked people to give me a mandate so I can have more time to deliver a speech in the national assembly. Small parties usually only get three minutes. I hope to get about 15 minutes,” Groenewald said.

Subscribe to the M&G

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and receive a 40% discount on our annual rate..

Lester Kiewit
Lester Kiewit
Lester Kiewit is a Reporter, Journalist, and Broadcaster.

Related stories

Advertising

Subscribers only

Seven years’ radio silence for taxpayer-funded Rhythm FM

Almost R50-million of taxpayers’ money has been invested but the station is yet to broadcast a single show

Q&A Sessions: Zanele Mbuyisa — For the love of people-centred...

She’s worked on one of the biggest class-action cases in South Africa and she’s taken on Uber: Zanele Mbuyisa speaks to Athandiwe Saba about advocating for the underrepresented, getting ‘old’ and transformation in the law fraternity

More top stories

No masks. No Covid. But problems do abound

With no cases of Covid-19, a Zimbabwe informal settlement’s residents are more concerned about making ends meet – and their imminent eviction

Cameroon’s democratic repositioning: Is the republic now a de facto...

Franck Biya, a Cameroonian businessman is also the son of President Paul Biya. Does this mean he will be president, too?

Zuma trial postponed to 26 May as defence objects to...

Judge Piet Koen orders a brief delay to give Zuma’s lawyer time to enter a plea that Downer has no authority to prosecute the matter

Modack case postponed because the magistrate is ‘unwell’ after allegedly...

The bail application hearing of alleged underworld figure Nafiz Modack and co-accused has been postponed to 24 May
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×