5th South African Democratic General Elections

The 5th South African Democratic General Elections were held on May 7, 2014. The purpose of the elections was to elect a new national assembly as well as new provincial legislatures to each of South Africa’s nine (9) provinces.

The ruling party (African National Congress), prior to the 5th general elections, was voted back to and retained power, while the official opposition (Democratic Alliance) retained it’s status and the newcomers Economic Freedom Fighters came in third ahead of the Congress of the People, Inkatha Freedom Party and United Democratic Movement.


South-African-FlagNational Assembly of the Republic of South AfricaSouth-African-Coat-of-arms

 Party Leader  Jacob-ZumaJacob Zuma  Helen+ZilleHelen Zille  julius+malemaJulius Malema
 Party ANC DA EFF (New Party)
 Seats Won  249 89 25
 Percentage   62.15%   22.23%   6.35%
 Votes Earned  11,436,921  4,091,584  1,169,259
 Seats Change  Decrease 15  Increase 22  Increase 25
 Swing  Decrease 3.75%  Increase 5.57%  Increase 6.35% (New Party)


The African National Congress (ANC) were however the biggest losers in these elections as they lost 3.8% and declined virtually across the board. Their growth in certain regions did not come closer to making up for overall decline.

The ANC’s losses pale in comparison to those of the Congress of the People (Cope) who were nearly completely wiped out.

They were the newcomers of the 2009 general elections and came in third with a little over 7% of the vote, just under 0.5% ahead of the ailing Inkatha Freedom Party.

The biggest winners are undoubtedly the Democratic Alliance (DA), they grew right across the board. The DA grew by a healthy 5.57% nationally and took their seat tally from 67 to 89, from a quarter of the ANC’s total to well within a third.

Another big winner were newcomers Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) led by former president of the ANC Youth League, Julius Malema. EFF got nearly three times the amount gotten by the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and nearly ten times those of Cope.


Political Parties

African National Congress (ANC) – Democratic Alliance (DA) – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) –

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) – National Freedom Party (NFP) – Congress of the People (COPE)

Agang South Africa (ASA) – Freedom Front Plus (FF+) – United Democratic Movement (UDM)

African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) – African Independent Congress (AIC)

Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) – African People’s Convention (APC)

Azanian People’s Organisation (AZAPO) – Minority Front (MF) – Al Jama-ah

Bushbuckridge Residents Association (BRA) -Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (ICOSA)

Patriotic Alliance (PA) – Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) – Ubuntu Party – Kingdom Governance Movement

Front National – Keep It Straight and Simple Party (KISS) – Pan Africanist Movement

First Nation Liberation Alliance (FINLA) – United Congress – Peoples Alliance


National and Provincial Share of Seats

RSA 249Decrease 89Increase 25 10Decrease 6 Steady4 Steady4 Steady3 3Decrease 3
EC 45Increase 10Increase 2 4 1Decrease 1
FS Steady22 5Increase 2 Steady1
GP 40Decrease 23Increase 8 Steady1 Steady1
KZN 52Increase 10Increase 2 9 6
L 39Decrease 3Increase 6 1Decrease
MP 24Decrease 3Increase 2
NW 23Decrease 4Increase 5  1Increase
NC 20Increase 7Increase 2 1Decrease
WC Steady14 26Increase 1 1

Other Parties with National and Provincial Seats

  • Agang SA: RSA –      2
  • PAC:           RSA – Steady 1
  • APC:           RSA – Steady 1
  • MF:             KZN – Decrease 1

Provinces of South Africa

Eastern Cape (EC) – Free State (FS) – Gauteng Province (GP) – KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – Limpopo (L)

Mpumalanga (MP) – North West (NW) – Northern Cape (NC) – Western Cape (WC)