ANC wins control of eThekwini while IFP loses its grip

2011-05-21 07:35

The ANC won control of the eThekwini Metro (Durban), receiving more than 1.18 million votes, the Independent Electoral Commission confirmed yesterday evening.

According to the final results released, the ANC received 1 186 153 votes and, as a result, secured 126 seats out of a total of 205 seats.

The party received 61.5% of the 1 927 561 votes cast while the DA was the second-largest party, with 21% of the vote that secured them 43 seats.

The Minority Front (MF) was the third-largest party receiving 103 043 votes and securing 11 seats.

The Inkatha Freedom Party which in 2006 had secured 11% of the vote in 2006, along with 23 seats, saw its share of the vote in the municipality fall to 4.16% of the vote.

It only secured one ward seat and its total number of seats fell to nine.

The National Freedom Party, which was formed three months ago by former IFP chairwoman Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, received more votes and secured 10 seats.

The ANC, the DA, the MF were the only parties that won ward seats.

The remaining parties secured the balance of seats through the proportional representation vote.

Only the ANC and the DA increased their support compared with the 2006 local government election, with a 2.67% and 4.16% increase in support, respectively.

The IFP saw its support fall by 7.19% from the 2006 election.

The City of Cape Town was the lone metro awaiting final results. 

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