Durban – The controversial ward of Chakashead in the KwaDukuza Municipality, where a councillor was ousted and replaced on the eve of local government elections, was retained overwhelmingly by the ANC.
The removal of longstanding ANC councillor Jetro Banda made headlines when members of his community torched his car and house in February.
Banda himself pointed to faction fighting in the party that created a chasm between nominated opponents, with the tensions resulting in him being exiled to a plush coastal housing estate as he feared for his life.
According to preliminary results released by the IEC on their election dashboard, the ANC retained the ward with an 85.24% majority, followed by the EFF with 8.02%.
The victory for the ANC and the conclusion of the local government elections now means that Banda is no longer a sitting councillor, and will have to vacate his municipality sponsored pad.
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