By-election results ‘taste of what is to come on May 7’

2014-03-28 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL political parties patted themselves on the back for retaining wards that were contested in the by-elections held on Wednesday, saying they were an indicator of how they would perform in the upcoming May 7 elections.

The IFP’s Bongumusa Zondo secured Ward 39 with 58,09%, an improvement from the 2009 municipal election result of 34,18%.

IFP secretary-general Sibongile Nkomo said the outcome was “a taste of what is to come in the May 7 elections”.

“The people of KwaMashu have made their voices heard. The IFP has listened and will do everything in its power to improve their living conditions. This we promise,” Nkomo said.

In the ward 4 by-election in Nongoma, the NFP retained the ward when its candidate Zangalakhe Ntuli obtained 61,66% of the vote cast compared to the 63,79% the party won in the 2009 election.

However, the ANC increased its support in this ward, which it had never contested before. It was once the stronghold of the IFP. “It is worth noting that in Nongoma Municipality’s Ward 4, the ANC received more votes than the IFP, a clear indication that the area is no longer an IFP heartland.

“The impressive gains the ANC has made in Ward 4 occurred barely five months after the ANC snatched Ward 5 from the IFP during a by-election in Nongoma,” ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said.

NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi said their victory was a morale booster ahead of the May 7 elections.

In the Abaqulusi by-election, the ANC’s Bheka Mtshali obtained 67,02%, up from the 2009 results of 53,61%.

The party also increased its support base in Vulamehlo when its candidate Ayanda Ndlovu won with 81,1%, an improvement from 73% recorded in 2009.

In the Umtshezi by-election, the ANC increased its support from the 53,07% obtained in 2009 to 58,07%.

ANC’s Ugandren Chetty won with 1 005 votes, DA’s Loritha Bhugwandeen garnered 749 votes, IFP’s Noluvuyo Hadebe 64 votes and NFP’s Sookraj Mahabeer 60 votes.

Zikalala said the by-election outcomes gave a picture of support the ANC enjoyed ahead of the May 7 elections.

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