Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

A nail biting finish for the ANC in Gauteng

The ANC has retained its majority in Gauteng by the slightest margin in its history.

With 99.96% of the votes counted in Gauteng, the ANC has won the province with a slight majority of 50.1%. More than 4.3 million voters came out to vote on May 8 in Gauteng, with just more than 2.1 million ballots cast for the ANC.

This will enable the party to occupy the requisite 37 seats in the legislature to form a majority government — it takes about 58 000 votes to get a seat.

Though the party will retain the province by the skin of their teeth, it decreased its support by three percentage points from the 2014 national elections when it was able to retain 40 seats. The Democratic Alliance decreased its support by four percentage points.

Using the calculation of 58 000 votes for a seat, there are only four parties in total that will receive seats in the Gauteng legislature — the Democratic Alliance as the official opposition, with the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Freedom Front Plus taking up the remainder of the seats.

The Gauteng province’s numbers were the last to trickle on Friday night with more than 60 areas that had not been captured, including Soweto, which had 62 voting districts uncaptured. Areas still outstanding included Johannesburg, Tembisa, Roodepoort, Centurion and Mamelodi.

Subscribe for R500/year

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 get a 57% discount in your first year.

M&G Data Desk
The Data Desk is the centre for data journalism at Mail & Guardian

Related stories


If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Subscribers only

South Africa’s mothballed ‘supermall-ification’ sets strip malls up for success

Analysts agree that the country has enough malls and that, post-Covid, the convenience of local centres lure customers

Mabuza’s Russian jaunts and the slippery consequences of medical tourism

For more than five years the deputy president has remained steadfast in his right to travel abroad to receive medical treatment

More top stories

Deputy president Mabuza begs Tshwane voters: Don’t abandon the ANC’

Angry Atteridgeville residents hurl insults at ‘dysfunctional’ ANC full of ‘corrupt individuals’ as Mabuza fails to placate them with party T-shirts and doeks

Taxi operators clash with cops over disputed Route B97 in...

Three suspects remain in custody following their arrest on charges of attempted murder and assault after eight taxis were impounded

SA teens, you’re next in the queue for a vaccine...

Teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 will be able to register to receive their Covid-19 jab from 20 October. This group will be given only one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, for now

Former US secretary of state Colin Powell dies aged 84

The 84-year-old died as a result of complications from Covid-19

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…