THE National Freedom Party (NFP) secured a landslide victory in the by-election for Ward 7 last week — paving the way for its leader, Godfrey Mavundla, to become the ward councillor in Umvoti Municipality. Supporters of the NFP ululated and danced to celebrate their victory after the party snatched Ward 7 from the ANC — one of the ruling party’s crucial breeding grounds in the province. The NFP cleaned out other political parties in the three voting stations — sending its opponents into jitters. The NFP scooped 1 793 votes, or 56.69% of the votes, defeating the ANC with more than 530 votes. The ANC candidate, Ntombi Mokoena, received 1 256 votes from the three voting stations that gained the party 39.71%, a massive loss compared to the 82.22% that the ANC received in the Local Government Elections in 2016. The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) received 79 votes from the three voting stations followed by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with 35 votes (1.1%).Prior to the elections, the NFP and ANC held various door-to-door campaigns in Ward 7. The by-election for Ward 7 was held in three voting stations: Old Nhlalakahle Community Hall, Buhlebuyeza Secondary School and Tholinhlanhla Primary School.At the old Nhlalakahle Community Hall, the NFP received 770 out of 1 399 votes. The NFP was followed by the ANC with 660 votes, the EFF received 12 votes, while the IFP received 11 votes. At Buhlebuyeza Secondary School, the NFP once again crunched its rival political parties with 614 votes out of 1 059 votes. The ANC received 412, the EFF 16 and the IFP received seven votes. At Tholinhlanhla Primary School, the NFP continued to lead other political parties with 409 votes, followed by the ANC with 244. The IFP received 61 votes and the EFF seven votes. At the National Elections, held on May 8 this year, the ANC received 3 023 votes, the IFP 426, the EFF 283 and the NFP received nine votes. In the by-elections held in Mpumalanga and Western Cape, the ANC continued to dominate in the areas regarded as the party’s strongholds. In Mpumalanga, under Thembisile Municipality, the ANC received 74.87% while in the Western Cape the party retained the seat with 76.67%.The Democratic Alliance (DA) won the by-election by 40.52%, dropping from the 74.31% received in the Local Government Elections in 2016.