ANC wins new seat in local by-elections

2008-12-11 00:00

Parties retained their support bases in the municipal by-elections held on Wednesday. The the ANC managing to win a seat previously held by the Inkatha Freedom Party in the Ladysmith-Emnambithi by-election.

The ANC won back its two seats in eThewini and Mooi-Mpofana. The IFP retained four seats — an uncontested win in Nongoma, Mandeni, Ulundi and Jozini.

The Democratic Alliance retained its seat in Howick, uMngeni.

ANC secretary-general Senzo Mchunu sees the performance of the party in the by-elections as a harbinger of what to expect in next year’s national election. He said the ANC had a strong showing in all the wards in which it fielded candidates

IFP national chairman Zanele Magwaza-Msibi was critical of the ANC’s behaviour in the Mooi River by-election where she said the police had to be called to disperse a crowd of about 300 youths who wreaked havoc in the ward ahead of the election. “If this is the trend we are going to see in the forthcoming general election campaign, the IEC will have to pull up its socks to ensure free and fair elections,” said kaMagwaza-Msibi.

ANC spokeswoman Nomfundo Mcetywa said it has become par for the course for the IFP to raise a complaint about ANC behaviour.

She said her party did not receive any reports of disruptions and as far as the ANC was concerned, the by-elections went off peacefully.

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