With more than 23 000 voting stations that opened across the country on Monday, the 2021 local government elections have not been without incident. Despite initial fears that the Covid-19 pandemic would render them not free and fair, the elections proceeded on Monday, 1 November after the Constitutional Court rejected a bid by the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) to postpone them to next February, citing the Covid-19 pandemic.
More than 26 million South Africans were registered to vote in the elections, the majority of which were between the ages of 30 and 39 years.
Those South Africans who turned up to cast their ballots at voting stations have made their choices from more than 300 political parties and 900 independent candidates and the results are slowly trickling in.
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There has been much discussion about whether the ruling ANC will hold onto key metropolitan areas and municipalities in the wake of festering corruption and poor service delivery for more than two decades, while the majority of municipalities are unable to function.
The stage is set for various coalitions to emerge even though on Sunday ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa repeated his campaign message that the party was preparing for an outright victory at the polls and had no plans to go into coalition talks with any organisation.
The 2021 local government election results will be streamed below
The Council for Scientific Research is providing media organisations with its predictions for the final vote count based on current numbers. Updated hourly.