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South African National Congress of Traditional Authorities

The South African National Congress of Traditional Authorities (Sancota) is a South African political party formed in February 2019.

South African National Congress of Traditional Authorities
PresidentChief Mantjolo Mnisi
FoundedFebruary 2019
Split fromAfrican National Congress
National Assembly seats
0 / 400
Provincial Legislatures
0 / 430

The party is in alliance with Practical Radical Economic Transformation of SA (PretSA), formed by party member Themba Sigudla. PretSA was previously closely linked with African National Congress deputy president David Mabuza and highly influential in Mpumalanga politics. Rifts within the Mpumalanga ANC around the increasing influence of PretSA are believed to have contributed to Sancota's founding.[1]

Sancota is supportive of the interests of traditional leaders, and has come out in support of abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, who was convicted of assault, arson, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice, stating that "it serves a bad precedent for a king to serve jail time".[2]

The party also believes that electricity utility Eskom should drop all of its debt to municipalities.[3]

Sancota attracted support in the Bushbuckridge area, with at least one councillor defecting to the new party shortly after its formation.[4]

The party contested the 2019 general election, failing to win any seats.


National electionsEdit

Election Total votes Share of vote Seats +/– Government
2019 3,714 0.02%
0 / 400

Provincial electionsEdit

Election[5] Eastern Cape Free State Gauteng Kwazulu-Natal Limpopo Mpumalanga North-West Northern Cape Western Cape
% Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats
2019 - - 0.01% 0/30 0.01% 0/73 - - 0.01% 0/49 0.24% 0/30 - - - - - -


  1. ^ Yende, Sizwe sama (2019-03-05). "New party highlights rifts within the ANC". CityPress. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  2. ^ Yende, Sizwe sama (2019-02-19). "New 'Africanist' party sides with jailed king Dalindyebo". CityPress. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  3. ^ "Chief Mantjolo Mnisi launches SANCOTA in Bushbuckridge". 013NEWS. 2019-03-07. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  4. ^ Yende, Sizwe Sama (2019-02-27). "Sancota determined to win seats in municipalities before May elections". CityPress. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  5. ^ "Results Dashboard". Retrieved 2019-05-11.

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