Early Rustenburg Results

May 8, 2014, 11:00am

Early election results from Rustenburg municipality showed the Economic Freedom Fighters, the new kids on the block, had won over 1400 votes in both national and provincial ballots counted up to 5.47am on Thursday morning. Marikana in Rustenburg was one of the last places where Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema campaigned before the elections. In the national ballot, the African National Congress had received 4239 votes, EFF 1407 and the Democratic Alliance 815. On the provincial ballot, the ANC received 3902 votes, EFF 1439 and the DA 785. A total of 276,349 people were registered to vote in the municipality prior to election day on Wednesday. In the 2009 elections, the ANC won 73.87 percent of the national vote and 72.32 of the provincial vote in the municipality, followed by the DA with 10.82 and 10.84 percent respectively, and the Congress of the People with 7.91 percent and 7.84 percent. At Marikana on August 16, 2012, 34 people, mostly striking miners, were shot dead and 78 people were wounded when police fired on a group gathered at a hill near the mine while allegedly trying to disarm and disperse them. Sapa /aw/fg/ks