IFP scores 3 of 5 wards in KZN by-elections

2010-07-22 12:20

The IFP has won three out

of five wards in by-elections in

KwaZulu-Natal, but has seen a significant decline in votes.


The Inkatha Freedom Party

yesterday lost one ward to its rival, the

ANC, according to results posted on the Independent Electoral

Commission’s

website.


In ward 11 in Nongoma, a

traditional IFP stronghold, the party won

by 74.68%, compared to 92.24% during the 2006 local government

elections.


In ward 13 in Ulundi,

another bastion of IFP support, the party got

61.84%, compared to 81% four years ago.


The ANC took ward 6 in

Umthonjaneni, Melmoth, from the IFP, getting

57.62%.


The IFP retained ward 2,

also in Umthonjaneni, with 56.53%.


The ANC retained ward 18 in

Richard’s Bay convincingly, getting

2?236 votes to the IFP’s 826.


“The ANC won the ward by

53.3% in 2006 and we have now won it by

73.1%,” ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said.


He claimed the elections

had shown his party was a voice of the

people who wanted development.


“The ANC believes that the

results are indicative of what will

happen during the local government elections next year.”


In Nongoma and Richard’s

Bay, vacancies were created following the

deaths of the councillors. The councillors in Ulundi and Melmoth were

either

expelled from or left the IFP.


IFP national organiser

Albert Mncwango said his party knew it would

not do well in ward 6, Umthonjaneni.


“Our members were

intimidated by our former councillor. The

councillor was still bitter because we fired him,” he claimed.


“He was fired after it was

discovered that he was stealing caucus

minutes and giving them to the ANC,” he said.


Mncwango said they had lost

votes in Ulundi because their previous

member decided to stand independently after his attempts to get

nominated in the

IFP failed.


“The same thing happened in

Nongoma. Our member who was a

councillor before the 2006 elections left us because he was not

nominated.”


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