Some considerable time ago, the DA identified three strategic provincial targets for election 2019: Gauteng, the Western Cape and the Northern Cape. There has been much written on the first two, but precious little on the third. The Northern Cape is, in many respects, the dark horse in this election. If history is anything to go by, the DA is surging and the ANC’s vote, as it is across the country, has stagnated in the province. Given how small the province’s voting population is, a relatively small electoral shift could have profound impact, come May 8. PODCAST | The DA didn’t win the 2016 election, as much as the ANC lost it ​ Subscribe: iono.fm | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Pocket Casts | Player.fm Some of the key historical data in the province first: here is how the ANC and DA have performed in each national and provincial election since 1994 (on the provincial ballot): ANC

1994: 49.74% (200,839 votes) 1999: 64.32% (210,837 votes) 2004: 68.83% (219,365 votes) 2009: 60.75% ...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.