ANC wins Amajuba, IFP cries foul play

2009-11-20 00:00

THE African National Congress has called for the Amajuba District Mayor to resign after the party won by-elections there that give it control of the municipal council.

In a statement yesterday, ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said his party scored landslide victories in all four by-elections held in the province, three of them in areas which were under the control of the Inkatha Freedom Party.

“In just this year alone we have won five wards in the Amajuba District … Yesterday’s results saw us win Ward 20 and Ward 26 from the IFP in Madadeni. The joy in yesterday’s by-election is that we are now in control of all wards in Madadeni, which is the largest township in the Amajuba District,” said Zikalala.

Most importantly, said Zikalala, yesterday’s by-election results mean that the ANC has a majority in the Amajuba District and that the ANC is in a position to control Newcastle Municipality without needing to join a coalition.

“The IFP must now eat its humble pie and obey the will of the people by calling on its mayor to resign from the council.”

The ANC also won wards in KwaMbonambi, Mandeni and KwaDukuza.

The IFP has challenged the results in Newcastle, alleging that there was fraud in the process.

Blessed Gwala, the IFP provincial deputy chairman who is also the IFP’s leader in Amajuba District, said in a statement yesterday that the IFP will consider approaching the Electoral Court should the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) refuse to nullify yesterday’s results.

”Yesterday’s elections were tantamount to daylight robbery, which we cannot accept,” said Gwala.

“For instance, the ballot papers used during voting were not original. Instead the IEC used duplicate forms, which had no serial numbers …” he added.

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