With half the districts reporting in, and around 30% of the total vote have been counted. SIMON ALLISON looks at who’s happy and who’s not in the IEC results operations centre in Pretoria.
So far, so good for the ANC
No wonder Gwede Mantashe is wondering round the IEC results operation centre (ROC) with a big grin on his face, and Jackson Mthembu is giving gracious media interviews acknowledging that actually, not everybody has to love JZ. The early results are looking good for the ruling party, so the ANC bigwigs can afford to be magnanimous. Sure, their steady decline in popularity has continued – from their two thirds majority in 2004, to 65.9% last time round, and now hovering around 63.7%. But some decline was inevitable. Zuma and friends can handle losing a few percentage points. Any more than that – if, for instance, support dipped below the 60% mark – then this might have prompted some soul-searching. This result, presuming it doesn’t change much, is an endorsement of business as usual for the ANC.
Less pleasing are the ANC’s provisional results from the Western Cape. Here the ANC isn’t just losing – it is getting walloped, with nearly…
Source : Daily Maverick