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What the results say of Nelson Mandela Bay vote

Although not enough to propel it to a clear majority support, the ANC remained in the lead, hovering around 46% for ...

By Siyamtanda Capa and Nomazima Nkosi

FF Plus attributes gains to its fight-back slogan

Groenewald said he had felt so strongly about the slogan that he had started testing it out a few months after he was ...

By Michael Kimberley

DA ‘will have to work harder’ after losing support in Kouga

Bhanga said the FF Plus gaining ground in Kouga was the trend across SA and could not be factored into voting trends in ...

By Siyamtanda Capa

Mmusi Maimane calls for independent audit of election results

An independent audit of the 2019 general election results is the only remedy to legitimise them.

By Zingisa Mvumvu

ANC in clear lead, DA slips, EFF and FF grow: Election results taking shape

With just over three out of four (75.06%) votes counted, the ANC and DA are projected to hold their positions as the ...

By Nico Gous

Peace, calm reign at Eastern Cape voting stations

Eastern Cape voters came out en masse and were patient, stoic and chilled in their respective queues at the polls ...

By Loyiso Dyongman; Mpumzi Zuzile; Madeleine Chaput; Tembile Sgqolana; John Harvey and Ziyanda Zweni

Final election results countdown begins after mixed voter turnout

From as early as 4am on Wednesday, some rushed to voting stations across Nelson Mandela Bay, while others seemingly ...

By Deneesha Pillay, Nomazima Nkosi, Siyamtanda Capa, Zamandulo Malonde and Zizonke May

"We will bring the ANC down" says Floyd Shivambu

EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu is adamant that the ANC will not win the Gauteng province with an outright majority.

By Neo Goba

ANC takes early lead in Gauteng, KZN, but it's too soon to call

With just more than two million votes counted, the ANC has taken an early lead at 54.2% of national support, followed ...


'Double voting' raised as political parties question IEC

Dozens of political parties contesting the 2019 elections have raised concerns about possible voter fraud amid ...

By Qaanitah Hunter and Amil Umraw

‘I vote for a better life’: 116-year-old

SA’s oldest voter recalls his life in apartheid SA, when he could only hope to one day make his mark for Mandela

By Belinda Pheto

IEC investigating after ballot boxes found on a Limpopo roadside

The Electoral Commission (IEC) is investigating a video on social media showing ballot boxes lying on the side of the ...

By Nico Gous

Pray for Cyril Ramaphosa, vote for Mmusi Maimane, says Helen Zille

Western Cape premier Helen Zille flew into Port Elizabeth on Sunday to join her DA counterpart, provincial leader Nqaba ...

By Gareth Wilson

'The era of impunity is over,' Cyril Ramaphosa warns at Siyanqoba rally

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has promised that those found guilty of corruption and state capture will not be allowed ...

By TimesLIVE

Protests, closed voting stations mar special voting in Eastern Cape

The first day of special votes in the Eastern Cape was disrupted when communities in Ginsberg, outside King William’s ...

By Mpumzi Zuzile

DA admits it may lose the Western Cape

The DA has admitted that its chances of retaining the Western Cape rely on a high voter turnout in the province.

By Thabo Mokone

IEC calls for calm as election day approaches

With only two days to go before the 2019 national and provincial elections, the electoral commission (IEC) has called ...

By Iavan Pijoos

Julius Malema: Let Cyril Ramaphosa deny that he offered me cabinet post

EFF leader Julius Malema on Sunday repeated his claim that President Cyril Ramaphosa had offered him and his deputy, ...

By Zingisa Mvumvu

Russians, Afrikaans and saluting a 'bru': six quirky moments from the ...

But guys, this election campaign has been the most.

By Jessica Levitt

Everything on track for May 8 poll

It is all systems go for next week’s national and provincial elections, with 27,000 IEC staff to be deployed to Eastern ...

By Nomazima Nkosi

DA in Eastern Cape acts on poster damage

The DA in the Eastern Cape has offered a reward of R50,000 for anyone who might have useful information on the people ...

By Siyamtanda Capa

Democratic Alliance promises to lead coalitions, tackle racism

The DA, although heading for defeat in May 8 national elections, pledged to forge coalitions with smaller parties to ...

By Reuters

ANC 'confident' of overwhelming victory in May 8 elections

The ANC has no appetite for governing through coalitions, and the party is confident that it will win the May 8 ...


Eastern Cape Cope leader joins DA

The DA provincial leader and Premier candidate Nqaba Bhanga has revealed the Congress of the People provincial ...

By Siphe Macanda

Voters in Eastern Cape lead number of election home visits for elections

A total of 774,094 voters have been granted permission to cast a special vote on May 6 and 7 for the 2019 general ...

By Timeslive

Failing health system in spotlight ahead of vote - report

Six psychiatric patients are tied to their beds in two tiny, dimly lit cubicles in the emergency ward of South Africa's ...


Top parties in trouble – poll

With a week to go to the general election, the SA Institute for Race Relations (IRR) has published a new election poll ...

By Carol Paton

Parties spell out plans if they are voted into power

Quality, debt-free education, a stipend for all job-seekers, land and a God-fearing civil servant machinery.

By Siyamtanda Capa, Rochelle de Kock and Nomazima Nkosi

LIVE | The Herald Canrad #SAElections2019 debate

Crime, jobs, housing backlogs and what the plan is to grow SA’s ailing economy. This will all be fiercely debated on ...

By Herald Reporter

Election poll predicts controversial 11% drop in ANC support

A poll conducted by the SA Institute of Race Relations (IRR) predicts a massive drop in national support for the ruling ...

By Staff Reporter


Is Cyril in charge? Will he tackle ANC thugs? Well, don’t ask him

He failed to reassure voters that he will tackle his enemies, and that his agenda, not corruption, will triumph

South African citizens will send strong messages through election

Although they are three different groups, the common theme among all of them is that they are all in a precarious ...

Pedro Mzileni

Greater justice coming so go out and use your vote

All of this notwithstanding, on Wednesday we can celebrate 25 years of our democracy, and if things go as expected ...

Whatever you do, go and vote

How sad, how pitiful, how mediocre that 25 years of democracy has left us with only one choice.

A conversation with myself

The ANC's incompetence makes it very difficult to vote with my heart, but the rest of the parties are not much better

ANALYSIS | ANC’s coalition puzzler - will Malema beret the hatchet?

He's poised to score at the polls, so there will be coalition talks. The big question is: what, exactly, does he want?

Cyril Ramaphosa probably best person to lead SA

There’s a lively debate under way in the media over support for Cyril Ramaphosa as the best person to lead SA over the ...


WATCH | EFF rejects call for election re-run

The Economic Freedom Fighters said they will not join smaller political parties in calling for a re-run of the 2019 ...


WATCH | Explainer: This is how the vote-counting process works

Ever wondered how vote-counting works? We break down the process.

By Jessica Levitt

WATCH | Elections 2019 through the eyes of voters, young and old

The 2019 general elections through the eyes of two voters.

By Jessica Levitt

WATCH | Cyril Ramaphosa calls unsuspecting voters on the phone

“Whisper to me who you voted for, I wont tell any one,” President Cyril Ramaphosa joked during  telephonic ...


WATCH | Julius Malema fumes as IEC official tells his wife to remove fake ...

EFF leader Julius Malema was on Wednesday irked by an IEC staff member who instructed his wife Mantwa Matlala-Malema to ...

By Zingisa Mvumvu

WATCH | My wife is in labour, but I'm voting

The first person to queue to vote at East London City Hall was 32-year-old Jalil Abbas, who arrived there at 5.30am, ...

LISTEN | Eastern Cape DA leader Nqaba Bhanga: 'Put President Mmusi Maimane ...

Eastern Cape DA leader Nqaba Bhanga said as he voted at Buffalo Flats Primary on Wednesday morning that DA leader Mmusi ...

By John Harvey

WATCH | Premier Phumulo Masualle at the polls

Jobs and economic recovery was on the mind of Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle said, as he voted at Beaconhurst ...

By Madeleine Chaput

WATCH | Charmer, leader, villain: The many faces of Cyril Ramaphosa

We followed the man at the helm of the ANC on his campaign trail over the last couple of months to show you his ...


PODCAST | All hail kingmaker Julius Malema!

Podcast The Numbers Don't Lie looks at coalition tactics.

By Scott Peter Smith

WATCH | A jovial Desmond Tutu casts his vote at home

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was mum after casting his vote at home in Milnerton, Cape Town, on Monday.

By Andisiwe Makinana

PODCAST | Will Mmusi Maimane keep his job?

The Numbers Don't Lie is a limited podcast series exploring the data behind the elections, pulling out the stories we ...

By Scott Peter Smith

WATCH | South African kids explain politics and the elections

Ever wondered what South African children think of the world we live in?

By TimesLIVE

PODCAST | Are parties missing a beat when it comes to women's votes?

According to the latest analysis derived from Statistics SA and the Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA), ...

By Scott Peter Smith

WATCH LIVE | Malema addresses EFF's Tshela Thupa rally

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is expected to address scores of supporters at the Tshela Thupa ...

By TimesLIVE

WATCH LIVE | ANC holds final Siyanqoba rally ahead of Wednesday's elections

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the ANC's Siyanqoba rally at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg on ...

By TimesLIVE

WATCH | Ramaphosa was there when SA was looted, says Maimane

DA leader Mmusi  Maimane has lashed out at President Cyril Ramaphosa saying he had accepted a "bribe" and was there ...

By Aphiwe DeKlerk