A ‘weakened’ opposition: ANC shrinks from 12 seats to 8 in Western Cape legislature


Khalid Sayed, ANC Western Cape spokesperson, at the Results Operations Centre in Cape Town, Century City (Chelsea Ogilvie/News24)


Khalid Sayed, ANC Western Cape spokesperson, at the Results Operations Centre in Cape Town, Century City (Chelsea Ogilvie/News24)

  • The Western Cape legislature will welcome two new political parties.
  • The DA retains its majority with 24 seats, maintaining a strong presence in the province.
  • But new parties are expected to change the provincial legislature’s dynamics.
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The Western Cape legislature will welcome two new political parties that are representing the provincial populace, while the DA retains its 24-seat majority and the ANC declines from 12 seats to eight in the opposition benches. 

“The DA is very proud that we have retained the Western Cape after a hotly contested election. With more than 55% support, the DA retains the majority of seats in the provincial legislature,” DA provincial leader Tertuis Simmers told News24.

He added that the opening of the legislature would be communicated to all residents soon.

Meanwhile, after the ANC in the province lost four seats, spokesperson Khalid Sayed said: “We remain the official opposition but weakened with the reduced seat allocation. We have to reflect as to how that happened.”

“A decrease in seats will, of course, mean a decrease in parliamentary constituency officers. We will need to make sure that we serve the people of the province,” he added.

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The EFF in the province retains its two seats. The GOOD party, FF Plus, Al-Jama-ah and the ACDP retain one seat each. The National Coloured Congress also secured one seat.

The Patriotic Alliance (PA) secured three seats in its debut performance after it chipped away at the DA’s support, particularly in the Western Cape.

The DA retains its majority of seats in the Wester

The DA retains its majority of seats in the Western Cape legislature while the ANC loses seats. (Graphic: Sharlene Rood/ News24)

Initially, plans were afoot to increase the number of seats in the legislature. Its legal unit wanted it to consist of one seat for every 100 000 residents in the province, but not to exceed 80 seats.

News24 previously reported that due to severe budget cuts, the provincial legislature’s plans to expand the allocation of seats could not take place.  

At the time, DA MPL and the chairperson of the Standing Committee on the Premier and Constitutional Matters, Christopher Fry, told News24 that the efforts to expand the legislature were never solely a DA initiative, but one that was broadly supported by all parties in the legislature.

“Adhering to the formula for seat numbers prescribed by the … electoral commission would have necessitated a near-doubling of the size of the legislature, which would have obviously incurred a massive financial cost,” he said.



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