14 parties to make up Parliament

[image: Parliament of SA]

This year’s national elections had the highest number of contesting parties, 14 of them secured seats in parliament’s 400.

This year’s national elections had the highest number of contesting parties, 14 of them secured seats in parliament’s 400.

The African National Congress (ANC) reclaimed the lead with 230 seats. They won the elections by 57.5%, which is the first time the party has garnered less than 60% support from the nation. This also resulted in the loss of 19 seats.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) did not fair so well either. They lost five of their previous 89 seats.

On the other hand, the Economic Freedom Front’s (EFF) seats have almost doubled at 44 and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and Freedom Front Plus (VF) gained more seats at 14 and 10 respectively.

Agang SA and the African People’s Convention are out, but Patricia De Lille’s GOOD Party and Mzwanele Manyi’s African Transformation Movement (ATM) are in with two seats each. Al Jama-ah also makes a debut with one seat.

Also returning to the National Assembly are:
  • African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) with four seats
  • National Freedom Party (NFP) with six seats
  • Congress of the People (COPE) with two seats
  • United Democratic Movement (UDM) with two seats
  • African Independent Congress (AIC) with two seats
  • Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) with one seat

The Chief Justice will make an official announcement to confirm the date of the first National Assembly sitting of South Africa’s sixth parliament, so far it has been provisionally scheduled for 22 May.