VOTERS made their way to the polls to make their mark at Pinetown Civic Centre last week. Zodwa Diya of Pinetown said: “I have come to make my mark. I want everyone to see that I voted. All I wish for is change for the better. I hope everything goes according to plan.”Lianne William said: “A lot of people are supporting their party of choice and it looks like it’s going to go well. I am also here to make my mark.”Nationally the ANC was bruised and the DA energised, while the EFF emerged as kingmakers following one of the most hotly-contested elections in post-democratic South Africa.Support for the ruling party fell to below 60% of the votes for the first time since 1994, who only won outright majorities in Buffalo City, Mangaung, and eThekwini.Despite many of its members breaking away and standing as independent candidates, the ANC managed to fend off competition from the opposition and hold on to eThekwini and Msunduzi.Provisional results show the party managed to retain the only metro in the province, eThekwini, by 56,01%.Just over 26% of the votes went to the DA, the blue party giving the ANC a run for its money in other metros across the country.The IFP took 4,2%, EFF 3,4% and AIC 1,37%, whereas the other small parties got less than a percent.As many as 57 independent candidates, believed to be aggrieved by the ANC nomination process, had registered as independent candidates.Fault lines within the ruling party in eThekwini grew prior to and post the ANC eThekwini regional conference where mayor elect Zandile Gumede defeated outgoing mayor James Nxumalo to the position of regional chairperson.The failure of any single party to break the 50% mark meant coalitions would be the order of the day for the next five years. eThekwini (ANC majority) ANC - 56.01% - 126 seatsDA - 26.92% - 61 seatsIFP - 4.2% - 10 seatsEFF - 3.44% - 8 seatsAIC - 1.37% - 3 seatsACDP, MF, DLC, TA, MOSA, APC, Aljama - Less than 1% - 1 seat each.Watch next edition of the Fever to find out more about your local ward councillors and new city leaders.