Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
3 Nov 2021
3:54 pm

SA’s political upstarts are showing up the big dogs. Here’s why

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

The ANC and DA may still be the biggest winners, but voters have also started putting more trust in smaller parties and independents.

Residents cast their votes during the Nquthu by-election. Picture: Gallo Images/The Times/Thuli Dlamini

Despite the old guard in the ANC and DA still walking away with most of the spoils, it is the smaller parties and independent candidates who have stolen the show in the 2021 local government election. Wards across the country are being won by what promises to be an unprecedented number of debutants and political parties that are only a few years old. The ANC and DA have seen scores of wards taken from them by smaller parties and independent candidates across the country. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has further solidified its third place, having shown the most growth...