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Local Government Elections 2016

Local Government Elections 2016


On 3 August 2016, South Africans will vote for their local representatives in the 5th local government elections.

These elections represent a critical contestation for power with new opposition parties and is the first time that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will contest these elections.

To ensure up to date coverage and analysis from civil society partners in the build-up to the elections, on election day and for a post-election analysis, OSF-SA in conjunction with the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracies in Africa (EISA) has set up a virtual Civil Society Election #AnalysisRoom.

This will serve as one of a handful of platforms where civil society partners and our grantees can provide deeper analysis in the pre-and post-election phases, and on election day, and draws on some elements of the Election Situation Room model that has been pioneered by the Open Society Foundations (OSF) through the Africa Regional Foundation (AfRO), Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) in several African countries, since 2012. It is an especially useful model in contexts where political power is fiercely contested or when violence and voter intimidation are common.

We have also issued a grant to the Kwa-Zulu Natal Council of Churches (KZNCC) to train election monitors in three provinces: Kwa-Zulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Gauteng.

Key Articles

Africa Check collage

Africa Check has fact-checked the top three political party manifestos:

Is the ANC ‘advancing people’s power’? We fact-check key election claims
Does the DA create ‘change that moves SA forward’? We weigh up key claims
Is the EFF your ‘last hope for service delivery’? We evaluate their manifesto


Code4SA and Code4SA Journ have developed an interactive map of recent “politically-motivated” killings. View ‘The Trail of Politically Motivated Murders’



Independents rock the boat in Nelson Mandela Bay but can they turn the tide?

Nationally, there are 101 more independent candidates contesting local government elections than in 2011, but it’s unclear who stands to benefit from this increase. Of the 855 independents, 166 are in the Eastern Cape, with 22 of them in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.


Explainer: Can an independent candidate stand in more than one ward?

All across South Africa there are individuals who have chosen to attempt to win the privilege of serving all of us at a local government level. They are walking, knocking, “postering”, talking to people to make a cross next to their name, and if they are not an independent candidate, next to their parties name on the 3 August 2016.


In Jacob Zuma, South Africa has found its Gorbachev

By Ivor Chipkin, PARI.

Superficial analyses of where South Africa is heading miss the mark. To understand the future, we need to understand the past, and to look beyond our borders.

The level of debate about the political future of South Africa is shockingly naïve. The weakening of the ANC electorally and the strengthening of opposition parties means, so the argument goes, that democracy in South Africa is maturing as we enter the phase of meaningful competitive politics. This is, at best, one scenario. It is the scenario that many commentators and academics like because, myself included, they believe in some form of democratic polity. Yet we should not substitute hope for what is happening in reality.


South Africa Local Government Elections Interim results for 1 June 2016 to 31 July 2016

Which voices are the media amplifying?





Ward Councillors, a community-driven effort

“I’ve had an interest in open source software for a while and have put together a Twitter list of South African and African people and organisations that appeared to be driving open source projects.”


My Vote Counts launches new court case on private political party funding

On 28 July 2016, MVC held a press briefing to announce that it has applied to the Cape Town High Court for an order to declare that PAIA is invalid and unconstitutional insofar as and to the extent that it fails to make provision for the continuous and systematic recording and disclosure of information regarding the private funding of political parties and independent ward candidates.


Preliminary Statement of the EISA Election Observation Mission to the 2016 Local Government Elections in the Republic of South Africa

“The 2016 Local Government Elections were conducted in a transparent, fair and credible manner in line with the constitutional and legal framework of elections as well as regional and international electoral standards. The Mission urges all stakeholders to pursue values of political tolerance and to strongly castigate the surging malpractice of alleged political assassinations.”


After the Party: 21 years of electoral democracy – what do South Africa’s 2016 local government elections hold for the future?



The following organisations are currently part of the #AnalysisRoom:

  1. Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracies (EISA)
  2. Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI)
  3. Media Monitoring Africa (MMA)
  4. Code4SA
  5. My Vote Counts (MVC)
  6. Kwa-Zulu Natal Council of Churches (KZNCC)
  7. Democracy Development Program (DDP)
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