2024: Server goes down in South Africa election

The website of South Africa’s electoral commission was down on Friday as the country counted votes from a key election in which the ruling ANC looked set to lose its majority.

“We apologise for the issue with our public-facing NPE system, and are working on restoring service”, the commission said.

“The results system is still operational and local offices continue to capture results”, it said.

With a third of votes in Wednesday’s election tallied, the ANC was leading but with a score of only 42 percent – well below the 57 percent it won in 2019.

The centre-right Democratic Alliance (DA) followed on 25 percent. The leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and former South African president Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) were neck and neck on around nine percent each.

The final results are expected in the next three days.