As South Africa wakes up on the first morning after the local government elections‚ one municipality has changed hands and another has yielded no results.
One of the main highlights of the morning was the swing of power in one of the eight municipalities which were declared early on Thursday.
– The Democratic Alliance (DA) claimed its first victory over the African National Congress (ANC) as it took over Swellendammunicipality in the Western Cape.
– Eight municipalities completed their vote counting‚ these were Thembelihle‚ Kamiesberg‚ !Kheis‚ Blue Crane Route‚ Sundays River Valley‚ Vicktor Khanye and Bergrivier.
– President Jacob Zuma’s homestead Nkandla was being taken over from the IFP. The ANC led with 52.3% while the IFP‚ which is in control of the council‚ followed with 46.31%.
– In the only municipality it contested‚ the National Freedom Party struggled to make any gains as it trailed with 7.75% against its rival IFP‚ which led with 42.92%.
– The EFF claimed its first five wards. One ward in Eastern Cape and two wards in both Mpumalanga and Northern Cape.
– In the town with the most legal hurdles in the lead-up to the elections‚ Tlokwe‚ the ANC led with 69.22% followed by the DA with 13.57% and EFF with 9.55%.
– The DA looked set to retain the only municipality it rules in Gauteng‚ Midvaal. The DA led with 62.13%‚ followed by ANC at 29.28% and EFF came third with 4.34%.
– The ANC’s biggest region‚ Ethekwini had not captured any results as the day began.