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ANC loses support in student areas

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Results from wards heavily subscribed by Johannesburg students show a decrease in support for the ruling ANC (African National Congress).  The governing party lost support by over 18 percent in Braamfontein with areas like Parktown and Melville also seeing a comparative decline.

At Wits University’s Old Mutual Sports Hall, 848 people voted out of 2 513 that were registered, a significantly low voter turnout.  Of those 848 votes, the ANC secured 47.08%, EFF 32.78% and the DA 16.75%.

Braamfontein itself saw extremely low voter turnout with a mere 5 624 voters making their mark out of over fifteen thousand registered voters. The ANC won Braamfontein followed by the EFF with 21.78% and the DA at 16.90%.

At Wits’ Education Campus in Parktown, the ANC slipped by over 11 percent to 29.09%, with the DA (Democratic Alliance), securing the majority of the votes at 50.56%.  Overall, the ANC won Parktown by 53.32% losing some 9% of the votes they had secured in the same area in 2011. The DA followed by 30, while the EFF secured 12.62%.  Melville was won outright by the DA with 79.63%.

While it may appear that the EFF has made a dent in the solid supporter base of the ANC, independent political analyst, Dr Somadoda Fikeni feels others reasons are at play. “The party’s (ANC) leader was limping from one crisis to another and that posed a reputational risk especially among urban workers and middle-class voters”, said Fikeni.  Fikeni added that the party failed to read the mood in order re-package itself.  “During the electioneering, they were still using the old messages of liberation”, he said.

Ward Councillors

The ANC’s Nokuthula Xaba is now the ward councillor of Braamfontein while  Martha Mazibuko of the ANC will be the councillor for Parktown while Bridget Steer of the DA will lead Melville.

Over 2 million voters cast their votes in the City of Johannesburg area on August, 3.  There were 270 municipal seats for parties to occupy.  The ANC got 121 seats with over a million votes, the DA received 104 seats with just under a million votes, whereas the EFF had 30 seats.

 

  Wits’ Old Mutual Sport Hall  Wits’ Education Campus, Parktown Parktown Melville
  VALID VOTES PERCENTAGE VOTES VALID VOTES PERCENTAGE VOTES VALID VOTES PERCENTAGE VOTES VALID VOTES PERCENTAGE VOTES
ANC 396 47.08 313 29.09 2 596 53.32 235 13.19
EFF 278 32.78 173 16.00 613 12.59 83 4.66
DA 141 16.75 544 50.56 1 491 30.62 1 419 79.63
ACDP 8 0.95 6 0.56 13 0.27 7 0.39
COPE 8 0.95 8 0.74 27 0.55    
UDM 4 0.48         7 0.39
AIC 3 0.36 6 0.56 65 1.33
IFP 8 0.74 28 0.58
ALJAMA 11 0.62
VF Plus 8 0.45
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Making a mark against all odds

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Putting a cross in a ballot box may seem like the easiest thing for most people, but Shaun* is one of those individuals who need assistance to make his mark. He cannot make a cross in a box owing to his physical disability which sees him confined to a wheelchair with little use of his arms and legs.  At election time, he needs someone else to help him through the process.

Shaun is a 53-year-old white South African man who believes in the power of the ballot box.  He’s been voting religiously since 1994 despite his inability to write on his own or even hold a pen with his hand.  For him voting is a daunting process that involves being pushed around in his wheelchair and waiting in a queue.  He says he hates the process but also feels that he needs to play a role in deciding on the governance of the country.

This past Monday, August 1, Shaun woke up early, as he usually does, to cast his special vote at the Parkhust Primary School in Randburg.  Arriving at the voting station with his helper, Zodwa, Shaun asked one of the IEC officials to make a cross on his behalf but without giving any reason the official refused.

“No IEC representative could make a cross for me”, said Shaun.  Zodwa came to his rescue, making the mark on his behalf.  Shaun says it was the first time he had had someone from IEC decline to assist him which made him feel as if the voting process is not accommodating of people with disabilities.

His says he is not happy with various issues facing the country like the corruption, lack of jobs and the contracting economy.  Shaun says he wants to be part of driving change in South Africa.   “We need change, the corruption and all these other things are becoming impossible to bear now.  Without our collective votes, that change will never come,” Shaun said.

Shaun was among a record 700 000 registered special voters for this year’s municipal elections.  Those are the people who, by law, applied for special voting because they couldn’t travel to the voting station on Election Day for a variety of reasons including disability or pregnancy. Others registered because they couldn’t be in their respective regions on the day and thus voted on predetermined special voting days, August 1 and 2.