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South Africa election results: How the country voted from 1994 to 2019

2019 south africa elections faqFrom 1994 through to 2019 – you can find South Africa’s historic election results and updates on the current elections here.

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Please note, we’ll update the results for the 2019 elections once they are officially signed off. We’ll also include predictive updates as they begin to filter through. Refresh your browser or clear the cache if you do not see the latest updates. These updates will appear at the bottom of this article.

South Africans go to the polls on Wednesday for the country’s sixth democratic general election since the end of apartheid in 1994.

South Africans go to the polls on Wednesday for the country’s sixth democratic general election since the end of apartheid in 1994.

Read the extended version of this article: South Africa’s previous election results

Twenty-five years after the end of white-minority rule,
South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world and is held
back by corruption and crime.

The radical race-based system of apartheid that favoured the
white minority over the black majority became official government policy in
1948.

It governed all aspects of life, restricting non-whites to
unskilled jobs and inferior education, services and living conditions.

Whites controlled politics, the economy and the land.

The system was dismantled nearly five decades later, after a long and bitter struggle, its demise sealed by the April 1994 elections in which blacks were able to vote for the first time.

That was South Africa’s defining moment; the dawn of a new era which would resonate on an international level, promising hope and prosperity to the local masses which had been suffocated by white-minority rule under apartheid.

South Africa’s first free and fair election in 1994 had not come easily. Birthed through blood and violent social turmoil, the liberation movement for a non-racial South Africa had arrived at a political precipice which would go on to plot the nation’s course.

But much has changed since then.

Elections 2019: The political landscape

South Africa now gears up for its sixth general election since the dawn of democracy, the ANC, while embattled, looks likely to retain its throne of national governance.

While the ANC itself has gone through some particularly disruptive executive changes since its ascension to power, voter confidence in the liberation movement which ushered in a democratic South Africa has remained relatively firm.

However, recent voter surveys show that the 2019 general election may be the ANC’s most daunting test of confidence in 25 years.

Due to factional infighting, and still bearing the wounds left by former president Jacob Zuma’s dubious tenure, the ANC has lost ground on a provincial and municipal level.

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Supporters of the opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) hold a mock coffin bearing the face of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa during EFF final election rally at Orlando Stadium. Photo: Phill Magakoe / AFP

While internal issues form part of the ANC’s uneasiness, an upswell in support for opposition parties, in particular, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has managed to chip away at the ANC’s support base, by intensifying a revolutionary rhetoric which appeals to the demands of populism.

South Africa’s historic election results: 1994-2014 overview

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South Africa’s election results from 1994 to 2014. Photo: thesouthafrican.com

Elections 2019: Results and predictions – national snapshot

Final results from the elections must be released within seven days. The Independent Electoral Commission has in past elections managed to release results within three days of the vote. Voting will take place on 8 May 2019.

If you are a voter, you can see the 2019 South African Elections FAQ here.


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