ANC loses uMngeni seat to independent candidate

2010-08-27 00:00

THE ANC lost a seat in the uMngeni Municipality to an independent candidate in Wednesday’s by-election.

Sitembiso Desmond Nkuna won the seat with 1 048 votes to the ANC candidate’s 533 and the IFP’s 122.

Nkuna, a school teacher, declined to comment yesterday, saying he will speak to the media today once he has met with his caucus.

In the Western Cape, the Democratic Alliance won a long-held ANC ward in Stellenbosch.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said the ANC won 24 of 29 seats in by-elections around the country. The DA won four and one went to an independent candidate.

IEC results showed that the DA’s Aldridge Rodger Frazenburg won Stellenbosch’s ward one with 63,3% or 1 255 votes.

The ANC’s share of the votes in the ward declined from 48,4% in 2006 to 28,1%. This seat has been held by the ANC since 1994.

The DA said the results are a message that the momentum is with the party ahead of next year’s local government elections.

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