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President Jacob Zuma delivers a speech during the announcement of the final results for the 2014 national and provincial elections at the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s command centre in Pretoria on Saturday.  Picture: GCIS

ANC won despite negative campaigning by opposition, says Zuma

The ANC under Jacob Zuma has faced its most difficult election yet, but the modest showing did no stop the party’s leader from calling party’s performance a ‘historic one’

ANC wins 2014 election with reduced majority

IEC elections results centre in Pretoria. Picture: GCIS

Provisional results show Democratic Alliance increases support nationally, while Julius Malema's EFF party wins third highest support, as COPE, Agang fare poorly

ANC has lost Gauteng, says Malema

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. Picture: THE TIMES

EFF leader Julius Malema accuses ANC of ‘shenanigans’ in Gauteng vote, saying ANC ‘knows in reality they lost the province’

Lowest number of National Assembly seats for ANC in 20 years

Parliament in Cape Town. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

African National Congress drops to lowest number of seats in National Assembly in 20 years, while DA biggest winner of seats and COPE will be a shadow of itself

Army moves into Alexandra

Long queues outside a polling station in Alexandra, Johannesburg, on May 7 2014. Picture: GCIS

Army called in to quell a violent protest in Alexandra, 44 arrested for public violence

Outstanding objections will not prevent final results announcement

IEC chairwoman Pansy Tlakula. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Electoral Commission of South Africa says 97% of votes captured, audited, count has been ‘quickest in history of organisation’, despite reports of irregularities

Increased support emboldens DA’s Zille

MANIFESTO: Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille speaks at the party’s election manifesto launch in Polokwane on Sunday. Picture: THE TIMES

Helen Zille confident that the DA will topple the ANC in the next decade or less but says achieving this will require a realigned opposition

DA, ANC waste no time preparing for Western Cape local elections in 2016

Marius Fransman. Picture: THE TIMES

Provincial elections in fiercely contested Western Cape are barely over but two main parties are already preparing battle plans for local government elections


Any threat to supremacy of ANC will come from within

What happens inside the ANC remains more important to our political future than what happens outside it

Children play in Alexandra, Johannesburg on Saturday, a day after violent protests in the township. Picture: AFP PHOTO

Alexandra tensions rumble on

Residents of township fear violent demonstrations not yet over after army deployed following election-related protests

Final election results streaming in

IEC elections results centre in Pretoria. Picture: GCIS

With the counting of votes 95% complete, the ANC has 62.52% of the vote followed by the DA with 22%

ANC poised to retain Gauteng, but grip easing

DA national spokesman Mmusi Maimane. Picture: SOWETAN

ANC secures 52% of national ballot in Gauteng, which means party has dropped 12 percentage points in province, the epicentre of its political machinery

Election 2014 losses could signal death knell for smaller parties

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO

The trend of smaller opposition parties suffering heavy losses at the polls has continued, as the preliminary results of the 2014 polls indicate

Paul O’Sullivan and Agang part ways

Mamphela Ramphele. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan and Agang SA have decided to go their separate ways

Parties keep wary eye on provincial results


Most hotly contested democratic election has hit small parties hardest, with some surprising changes in terms of which will be official provincial opposition

Voting information

Protesters went on a rampage burning the mayor's house and three trucks on the N12 in Bloemhof in the North West in April. Picture: SOWETAN

NEWS ANALYSIS: Fear, apathy and anger keep Bloemhof voters home

Just 20% of the 12,000 registered voters in Bloemhof voted on Wednesday, according to preliminary results

Economy ‘back on centre stage’

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe chats with EFF political commissar Floyd Shivambu at the Electoral Commission of SA's results centre in Pretoria where representatives of parties gathered to see poll results as they came in after the may elections. Picture: VELI NHLAPO

ANC to focus on continuity of policy after election results show small parties as biggest losers

Constitution provides for smooth transition after election

There will be no leadership vacuum in government after the election as the constitution provides for continuity of the executive authority despite the National Assembly having ceased to exist

DA’s Cape win helped by COPE exodus

Former Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille. Picture: SOWETAN

The DA believes the shift of allegiance by COPE supporters has given it a greater foothold in black communities

New hope dawns as Marikana miners vote

Voters queue at the Rakgatla High School voting station in Marikana, where residents reported waiting on line for more than four hours. Photo: AFP/Skyler

As in 1994, striking workers on platinum belt cast ballots for change, writes Carol Paton

Election results ‘point to need for focus on growth’


Standard Chartered head of Africa research Razia Khan says the ANC’s early lead in preliminary election results is not surprising

Almost quarter of votes counted

A voter is marked by an election official in Attridgeville, Pretoria, on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS

Over 20% of the votes had been counted almost nine hours after voting stations closed

Cape Town electorate seems to be voting along racial lines

People brave the early-morning Cape Town chill to vote in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on Wednesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Coloured and white voters gravitate towards DA while ANC attracts the black vote, with newcomer EFF making its presence felt in Mitchells Plain informal settlements

EFF lodge objection at Rustenburg mine shaft

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. Picture: THE TIMES

Economic Freedom Fighters says presiding officer ‘made mistake’ of not issuing voters at Khuseleka shaft with provincial ballot papers

DA, EFF ‘to displace opposition’ in five provinces

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. Picture: THE TIMES

Legislature dynamics are set to change in Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and North West as DA and EFF take on mantle of largest opposition parties

Voter turnout win for South Africa

Voters queue in the restive Bekkersdal township early on Wednesday. Up to 25-million citizens, including the ‘born free’ generation, which was electing a government for the first time, were expected to cast their ballots. Picture: AFP

Peaceful poll as IEC battles to accommodate long queues

ANC’s share of votes counted climbs above 60%

IEC elections results centre in Pretoria. Picture: GCIS

Political parties adopt cautious approach, expect shifts as results from large stations are reflected on boards, less than one third of votes had been counted by 9am

Only COPE has lost more seats than ANC


African National Congress will give up 13 seats in Parliament, its biggest lost since advent of democracy, while Democratic Alliance has gained most

IFP supporters riled at ‘collusion’

IFP says its supporters wante to know why the ANC agents and the IEC officials have offices in the same building

Smooth polling soothes investors


JSE outperforms emerging-market peers as the smooth general election propels global appetite for local bonds and stocks

ANC appears poised for election victory

Children play at a building in Bekkersdal as voting takes place on Wednesday.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Latest results show ANC has limited its losses and is heading for its fifth landslide election victory, but with a loss of about 3% of its majority

ANC looks set to win 63.3% of vote, according to CSIR projections

Voting gets underway at the Pretoria City Hall voting station in Pretoria on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS

ANC will win 63.3% and DA 22%, according to projections by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, which statisticians say have typically been within 0.5% of final result


Zuma needs fresh energy to reorganise his executive

After an arduous election campaign, President Jacob Zuma now has to summon up fresh energy to plan his second term, writes Anthony Butler


Real election issues fall victim to a weakened fourth estate


Politicians have generally not been raising real issues and the media have not been questioning them


Police set dangerous precedent by entering fray


Police enter elections as protagonist through comments made on Twitter about DA trying to drive a wedge between the police and the community

ANC volunteer shot dead at polling station

African National Congress officer bearer confirms death in Lindelani, KwaZulu-Natal, has been reported to police, case of murder is being investigated

Good voter turnout in Eastern Cape


Voting starts smoothly, on time in province, but Electoral Commission of South Africa says two officials resigned after infractions during poll

Union accuses farmers of thwarting workers’ right to vote


Bawsi Agricultural Workers’ Union of SA says this was ‘deliberate strategy’ by farmers to ensure that ANC received fewer votes

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