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DA, ANC take a pounding in by-elections as voters desert them for independents

12 November 2020 1:55 PM
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"Voters were shopping around, choosing independents and small parties," says elections analyst Wayne Sussman.

On Wednesday, South Africans in some areas headed to the polls in 107 by-elections to fill vacant ward councillor positions in 95 wards.

The final numbers are in; it’s clear the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the African National Congress (ANC) took a beating.

Picture: Cindy Archillies/Eyewitness News

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In the Western Cape, its stronghold, the DA lost ground in 10 of the 11 wards they contested.

The African National Congress (ANC) lost a rural ward in the Eastern Cape and received a stiff challenge from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Gauteng.

The IFP took five out of 12 wards it contested in Kwazulu-Natal, including Nkandla, previously under the ANC.

  • Is this an indication of what’s to come in 2021?

  • Should incumbent parties (read, the ANC and the DA) be worried?

Lester Kiewit interviewed elections analyst Wayne Sussman who has been crunching the numbers.

It was a very tough night for the Democratic Alliance… the numbers are a nightmare! …In George… parties like GOOD and a local party - Plaaslike Besorgde Inwoners - made huge strides…

Wayne Sussman, elections analyst

In the Western Cape… the ANC had a very poor night… the two biggest players – the DA and ANC - lost a lot of voters last night. They were shopping around, choosing independents and small parties…

Wayne Sussman, elections analyst

The ANC had a tough night in KZN…

Wayne Sussman, elections analyst

The EFF didn’t win any wards last night… The Freedom Front Plus won a ward off the DA…

Wayne Sussman, elections analyst

Listen to the interview in the audio below.


12 November 2020 1:55 PM
Tags:
EFF
Democratic Alliance
African National Congress
ANC
Nkandla
Economic Freedom Fighters
Elections
Politics
Freedom Front Plus
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Lester Kiewit
by-elections
The Midday Report on CapeTalk
Wayne Sussman

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