ANC snatch five by-elections

2012-02-16 10:56

The ANC won five of seven by-elections held throughout the country yesterday.

The by-elections were held in KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and Limpopo.

Five of the seven wards contested were previously controlled by the ANC.

According to results posted on the Independent Electoral Commission’s website, the ANC retained five wards, but lost a ward to the Democratic Alliance in Polokwane, Limpopo.

In Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal, the Inkatha Freedom Party retained its seat in a fiercely contested by-election.

“The election had been strongly contested by both the ANC and the National Freedom Party,” IFP publicity secretary Sbu Nkwanyana said.

The ward was controlled by the IFP and the councillor’s post became vacant when councillor Muzi Ndwandwe died under mysterious circumstances.

Ndwandwe disappeared at night and his body was found near a dam, with some of his body parts missing.

Nkwanyana said the election results showed that the IFP, with its limited resources, could defeat the “ANC and the NFP combined”.

The NFP and ANC formed coalitions in nearly 20 municipalities where there was no outright majority after the last local government elections.

“It certainly is a sweet victory considering all the resources and time that both the NFP and the ANC invested in this ward.”

The new councillor is Sindisiwe Khumalo.

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