Parties react to Mtubatuba by-election results

2015-05-07 15:34
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Durban - There was a mixture of sour grapes and gloating on Thursday following the release of the Mtubatuba by-election results - depending on the party affiliation.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the voter turnout in Wednesday's by-elections varied between 60.65% and 25.91%, with an average of 48.04%.

IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said the ANC had retained control of the Mtubatuba Municipality.

“The ANC won six PR seats and 12 ward seats; the IFP won eight PR seats and seven wards seats, while the NFP won two PR seats with one PR seat each being awarded to the African Independent Congress, the DA and the EFF,” said Bapela. 

The highly contested by-elections took place in Mtubatuba Municipality, which falls under Umkhanyakude District, on Wednesday.

The council was dissolved earlier this year following a decision by the provincial cabinet.

IFP national chairperson Blessed Gwala fired shots at the NFP in a statement released on Thursday.

“The IFP calls the NFP to stop being an ANC puppet after the KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu publicly announced before the by-elections that they [the ANC] will end their coalition. The ANC has continuously undermined them and called them puppets.

"It is evident that the relations between the NFP and ANC councillors had soured and that this had impacted negatively on service delivery in most municipalities,” said Gwala. 

He said although the ANC had won the overall by-elections, it had lost a significant amount of voters.

“Our people stood with us despite incessant onslaught by the ANC which dispatched its MECs to campaign in the areas where there were by-elections under the guise of service delivery. 

"The IFP will use its victory to make sure that the Mtubatuba Municipality returns back to its glory,” said Gwala.

KwaZulu-Natal DA leader Zwakele Mncwango said he was pleased with the results.

“Today the DA made history by winning a seat in the Mtubatuba municipality for the first time.

"This is a sign that the DA is growing in rural areas and fast becoming a real alternative for South Africans in areas where the DA has never had a presence,” said Mncwango.


This victory is testament to the hard work of the activists, staff and political leadership on the ground in Mtubatuba,” he said, thanking the political leader of Mkhanyakude, MPL Mbali Ntuli for the results.  

KwaZulu-Natal ANC secretary Sihle Zikalala said: “The ANC showed its strength when it won most of the wards leaving other political parties struggling behind. The entire leadership of the ANC is upbeat with the faith the people of Mtubatuba indicated to have in the organization.”

He said the victory recorded by the ANC in Mtubatuba “was a foretaste of next year's Local Government Elections”.

He said: “Many other political parties struggled and got a consolation of at least one or two seats in the Council because the people of Mtubatuba did not want any political organisations that would not work for them. They instead showed their faith in the ANC as an organisation that has their interests at heart.”

National Freedom Party provincial chairperson Vikizitha Mlotshwa said: “We are disappointed with the outcome of the by-election, however, we welcome and appreciate what the voters have given us. Moving forward, we are looking at going back to the people and working harder to maintain and grow from where we are now.”

The EFF's KwaZulu-Natal convener, Vusi Khoza, could not be immediately reached for comment.

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