The 2016 Municipal Elections concluded and Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)declared the elections free and fair on Saturday, 6 August 2016.
The African National Congress (ANC) retained majority support in 5 (Buffalo City, City of Johannesburg, Ekhurhuleni, eThekwini and Mangaung) of the 7 metros the party controlled since 2011. However, the City of Johannesburg and Ekhurhuleni have both become hung councils as the ANC did not enough get votes to secure an outright majority on the respective councils. In highly contested battles, the Democratic Alliance (DA) wrestled majority support in both Nelson Mandela Bay and the City of Tshwane from the ANC. Both these councils have become hung councils and the next two weeks are expected to be abuzz with ‘coalition’ talks to secure those majorities.
The metro results show the following interesting outcomes:
The ANC has lost support in all 8 metros since 2011 with the biggest decreases in the City of Johannesburg (14%), Ekhurhuleni (13%) and Buffalo City (11%)
The DA increased its support base in all metros except for Mangaung and their biggest increases are in Nelson Mandela Bay (6.5%) and eThekwini and Ekhurhuleni (5.6%)
Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekhurhuleni and Nelson Mandela Bay have become hung councils
The DA secured 154 seats on the council in the City of Cape Town, almost three time more than the ANC (57)
Access all results here and see infographic below for a breakdown of the election results for the metros: