Mzansi to enter a coalition government

Mzansi to enter a coalition government

Political parties are now getting ready for negotiations to enter a coalition government following the National and Provincial Elections that failed to produce an outright winner.

The 2024 elections changed the face of politics in South Africa, for the first time since democracy the country has no outright winner in the elections ushering in a coalition government. This would mean that each party must be willing to reach a compromise and let go of some their fundamentals.

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (IEC) in South Africa Mr Mosotho Moepya said the 2024 elections were the most highly contest ones and the commission managed to conduct them with transparency and adherence to the highest standards of democratic practice.

The elections were not without challenges, from special votes and to the general elections day on 29 May 2024, various political parties and individuals lodged complaints about the conduct of the IEC.

“Yet, our journey was not without its challenges. It sometimes entailed concerted significant attacks on the Members and Key Staff of the Commission, attempts to undermine the credibility of this institution, relentless and targeted social media attacks, disinformation campaigns, unwarranted allegations, and sometimes, what appeared to be acts of intimidation,” said Moepya.

Despite the many challenges, after announcing the results on Sunday evening, 2 June 2024 and in accordance to section 57(3) of the Electoral Act of 1998; Moepya declared the elections free and fair.

Though predictions were that the ANC will at least reach 45 or 42 percent, however, the results showed that the Congress received 40.18% (159 seats), the DA came in second with 21.81% (87 seats) and the most surprising performance was that of the five months old MK Party coming in on third place with 14.58% (58 seats) and the EFF at fourth place with 9.52% (39).

The Provincial results were as follows:                                                                               

Eastern Cape Province:

Party                                 Support                            Seats

ANC                                    62.16%                              45

DA                                      14.89%                              11

EFF                                     10.14%                              8

UDM                                  3.71%                                3

PA                                      2.31%                                2

ATM                                   1.55%                                1

MK                                     1.44%                                1

Free State Province

ANC                                   51.87%                              16

DA                                      21.88%                              7

EFF                                     13.52%                              4

ACT                                    1.83%                                1

MK                                     1.93%                                1

VF Plus                              3.01                                   1

Gauteng Province

ANC                                   34.76%                              28

DA                                      27.44%                              22

EFF                                     12.93%                              11

MK                                     9.79%                                8

ActionSA                           4.16%                                3

PA                                      2.03%                                2

VF Plus                              2.33%                                2

ACDP                                 0.74%                                1

BOSA                                 0.76%                                1

IFP                                      0.87%                                1

RiseMzansi                       0.98%                                1

KwaZulu Natal Province

MK                                     45.35%                              37

IFP                                      18.07%                              15

ANC                                   16.99%                              14

DA                                      13.36%                              11

EFF                                     2.26%                                2

NFP                                    0.56%                                1

Limpopo Province

ANC                                   73.3%                                48

EFF                                     14.12%                              9

DA                                      5.96%                                4

MK                                     0.85%                                1

UAT                                    0.82%                                1

VF Plus                              1.09%                                1

Mpumalanga Province

ANC                                   51.15%                              27

MK                                     16.97%                              9

EFF                                     13.87%                              7

DA                                      12.02%                              6

ActionSA                           0.5%                                  1

VF Plus                              1.53%                                1

North West Province

ANC                                   57.73%                              23

EFF                                     17.37%                              7

DA                                      13.24%                              5

ActionSA                           1.7%                                  1

MK                                     2.06%                                1

VF Plus                              2.6%                                  1

Northern Cape Province

ANC                                   49.34%                              15

DA                                      21.19%                              7

EFF                                     13.25%                              4

PA                                      8.64%                                3

VF Plus                              1.83%                                1

Western Cape Province

DA                                      55.3%                                24

ANC                                   19.55%                              8

PA                                      7.8%                                  3

EFF                                     5.3%                                  2

ACDP                                 1.29%                                1

Aljama                               1.3%                                  1

GOOD                                1.13%                                1

NCC                                    2.38%                                1

VF Plus                              1.45%                                1

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