ANC wins 7 out of 10 wards in by-elections

By Drum Digital
23 July 2015

In spite of being under fire over the Nkandla controversy and service delivery protests, the ANC won seven out of 10 wards contested in by-elections around the country on Wednesday

In spite of being under fire over the Nkandla controversy and service delivery protests, the majority African National Congress (ANC) won seven out of 10 wards contested in by-elections around the country on Wednesday, according to results released by the Independent Electoral Commission on Thursday.

The party retained Ward 1 in the Makana municipality in the Eastern Cape near Grahamstown, with its candidate Melikaya Phongolo keeping the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) at bay with 77% of the votes in a poll where 44% of registered voters went to vote.

In KwaZulu-Natal's Umshwathi, (Wartburg), the ANC cleaned up with 95% in a 41% poll with its candidate Sbonelo Justice Luthuli, keeping the seat.

But in KwaZulu-Natal, in Ntamba, the Inkatha Freedom Party's Zakheleni Zibuse Xulu snatched the ward from the ANC with 53% of the vote where 55% of registered voters turned up.

In Limpopo's Blouberg (Bochum/My Darling), the ANC's Mmangwako Jonathan Sekgoloane was uncontested in a seat previously also held by the party.

Highly contested Western Cape

In Mpumalanga's Steve Tshwete municipality (Middelburg) where 21.9% of registered voters pitched, the ANC's Doctor Stefaans Khanyile retained the ward with 90.8%.

Kenneth Maluleka also retained a ward in Moretele (Makapanstad) for the party with 91%. Thirty-eight percent of voters voted.

In the highly contested Western Cape, the ANC's Dinah Okhuis took a ward in Matzikama (Vredendal) from the DA with 50.06%. Sixty-two percent of voters in the ward made their mark.

The ANC retained a ward in Langeberg (Robertson) with Benjamin Fanele getting 82% of the vote.

In a ward in Knysna, the DA's Mark Sydney Willemse retained one ward for the party with 68% of the vote and Peter Joseph Meyers getting 99% in another ward.

In a statement relating to its victory in Makana, the ANC's Eastern Cape  provincial spokesperson Mlibo Qhoboshiyane applauded voters for retaining the ''experienced'' party and considered it a taste of what was to come in next year's local government elections.

Source: News24

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