South African local government election 2000: Western Cape

Updated October 2002

The following tables indicate the election results for Category A (metropolitan councils), Category B (local councils) and Category C (district councils) according to political party seats and overall voter support for the party.

Notes on table

Read the table below with the following provisions:

  • The source of data is the IEC. Errors may be present in the tables - for official results contact the IEC.
  • Data is aggregated by province and category so percentages may not be perfectly reconciled.
  • Not all seats or parties are included - some smaller party and independent candidate representatives amounting to less than 1% support and a handful of seats are not included in these tables.
  • District councils are elected on the basis of 40% party lists - these are figures indicated under each party in the district council row. However, the total number of district council seats indicated in the tables includes the 40% PR AND the 60% seats appointed from local councils - a seat allocation process that takes place AFTER the elections. For example, in the Eastern Cape a total of 101 elected district council seats (of a total of 241) are indicated, a figure that is approximately 41% of the total number of district council seats.
Council type Seats / % Votes by party
Total ACDP ANC DA IFP PAC UDM
Cape Town Metropolitan Council 200 8 77 107 1 1 3
Local Councils 458 7 211 236 0 2 3
District councils 123 1 21 26 0 0 0
Total seats 781 16
2.9%
311
39.7%
369
49.9%
1
0.2%
3
0.3%
6
1.2%

The Western Cape was a tightly contested province with the DA outperforming the ANC in all three types of municipal councils. The DA won the province's most coveted race for control of Cape Town metropolitan council. Between them the two parties accounted for just over 90% of the vote. The DA matched the combined levels of provincial support for the DP and NNP in the 1999 national election whereas the ANC's support declined slightly from 42.6% to 39.7%. PAC and UDM support also slumped, albeit from very small levels of support, with both parties winning only a few seats. The ACDP was the third strongest party in the province, running candidates in selected municipalities in the province and winning seats in a majority of the races which the party contested. It won half of its seats in Cape Town.