Senior ANC member Mzwanele Manyi mocked EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu over the party’s performance in the local government elections.
Manyi suggested that Mpofu should remain in bed, as he will need more energy to face up to the outcome of the elections. So far, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has only counted 58% of the entire votes.
Manyi, who often debates the popular lawyer on Twitter, posted a screenshot of results as of 11am, showing the EFF with zero votes.
“Slept at 5am after criss-crossing the country while u were sitting at home..Anyway,Im up now..How can I help you??,” Mpofu asked Manyi.
“If were you, I would continue sleeping. You need a lot of energy to face up to outcomes of your criss-crossings,” said Manyi.
Mpofu said “you will understand in a few years time WHATS important in electoral politics..against state & capital power combo!”.
“These elections are about the control municipalities & metros. If u control none u can’t talk about victory,” Manyi lashed back at the “people’s advocate”.
“U missed acquiring the necessary skills of extrapolating the future by simply analysing present data and trends….,” retorted Mpofu.
Early results shows DA ahead in cliffhanger metros
As vote counting continued on Thursday morning, the Democratic Alliance (DA) appeared some way ahead of the African National Congress (ANC) in the country’s three most closely contested metros, Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.
In Nelson Mandela Bay, which saw a bruising campaign between DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip and the ANC incumbent Danny Jordaan, the DA had 55% of the votes counted, which would give it an outright majority if the lead held through to a complete vote count.
In Tshwane, the DA was leading the ANC with 46.5% to 40% shortly before 10 am, with the EFF lying third with 9.25%, putting them in a kingmaker position to decide who will govern.
Results for Johannesburg indicated that the DA was convincingly ahead before a technical glitch made the results disappear from the electoral commission’s electronic scoreboards and website. However, high density areas such as Soweto had not been counted yet.
In Cape Town, where a DA victory had been fully expected, the party was lying at 71%.
James Selfe, the chairman of the DA’s federal executive, said the party seemed set to claim its biggest victory yet in this stronghold. He added that the party had retained Midvaal with an increased majority as well.
“The early results show growth for the DA across the board in South African municipalities, and we are buoyant as we await the newest results that come in,” Selfe said. – Additional reporting by ANA