Out of an estimated 56 million people in South Africa, only 17, 405, 959 casted their votes for their respective political parties in the 6th democratic elections of the country on the 8th of May 2019, and 234, 949 of those were spoilt votes.
The ruling party ANC maintained their winning streak with an overall victory of 57.50% in the national elections, while also achieving 72.23 % in Mpumalanga, followed by the Democratic Alliance with 20.79% while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) sit in third with 10.78% nationally.
Although victory was imminent for the governing party, it is also worth noting that the percentages have dropped significantly from 78.80% in the previous elections in Mpumalanga, with opposition parties caving in.
In Mpumalanga, the EFF gained a considerable amount of momentum. After having previously finished as the third best party in the province in their first elections in 2014, the EFF will be proud as they have now become the official opposition of the ANC in the provincial executive council with 11.51%, followed by the former opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on 9.12%.
The EFF will occupy four seats in the provincial executive council (PEC). The regional chairperson of the EFF Surprise Kubayi said that they feel very important as a party; “the people of Mpumalanga have made us feel very important in their lives and we’re very happy for trusting the EFF,” he said.
In Bushbuckridge, out of 145, 296 registered voters, only 142 554 residents voted, with 2 771 of those votes were spoilt. Of those legible voters, 80.5% voted for the ANC, 8.27% voted for EFF, 4.66% voted for Better Residents Association (BRA), 3.26% went to the DA and 1.12% for the African People’s Convention (APC).