IN a 65% voter turnout the ANC retained Umvoti winning 10 Wards with the remaining four being won by the IFP.
According to the proportional representation formula, based on votes for a specific political party, the ANC will have five PR councillors, the IFP seven, and the DA one PR councillor. The IFP have the most PR councillors based on the formula applied to the number of votes received for each political party.
Umvoti Municipal Council for the next five years will therefore consist of 15 ANC councillors, 11 IFP councillors and one DA councillor. The EFF, which also contested the 14 Wards, will not be represented in council.
The three Independent candidates who stood were also not successful.
A detailed summary of the final results released by the IEC, and which has been accepted by the political parties as free and fair, is as follows:
African National Congress: total votes: 20 050 - 54.22%
Inkatha Freedom Party: total votes: 15 079 - 40.77%
Democratic Alliance: total votes: 1 370 – 3.70%
Economic Freedom Fighters: total votes: 483 - 1.31%
The IEC has released details of the winning candidates in the 14 wards as follows:
Ward 1. Ncomekile Joyce Nzame: ANC: winning margin 212 votes.
Ward 2: Zandile Christina Ngema: ANC: winning margin 799 votes
Ward 3: Petros Siyabonga Hlophe: ANC winning margin 159.
Ward 4: Silam Vincent Zondi: IFP: winning margin 1 172.
Ward 5: Mbangiseni Shadrack Yengwa: IFP: winning margin: 1 083
Ward 6: Sibonelo Sandile Xulu: ANC: winning margin: 631
Ward 7: Vukani Bonginkosi Njoko: ANC: winning margin: 2 411
Ward 8: Zibeke Wakheni Zakwe: IFP: winning margin: 115
Ward 9: Wilson Khoza: ANC: winning margin: 563.
Ward 10: Bhekisisa David Madonsela: ANC: winning margin: 680.
Ward 11: Mbongiseni Richard Dlamini: IFP: winning margin: 641
Ward 12: Mbongeni David Khanyile: ANC: winning margin: 1 002
Ward 13: Musawenkosi Simon Zondi: ANC:winning margin: 343
Ward 14: Zwakushiwo Nicholus Ndlovu: ANC: winning margin: 1 170
A total of 36 982 votes were cast out of a possible 58 500.
626 spoilt votes were recorded.
The names of PR candidates were announced at the same time as ward councillor candidates and political parties were supposed to have confirmed these by Sunday, however, according to the IEC Greytown at the time of going to press the names had not been confirmed.
There was a strong swing to the IFP in Umzinyathi – the District Municipality, which consists of Umvoti, Endumeni, Msinga and Nquthu. The latter two were won by the IFP which received 72 142 votes – 50.78%, ANC received 55 761 - 39.25% and the DA 5 454 - 3.84%.
These four will nominate councillors at the first official council meeting for the district municipality and according to the votes received there will be 15 IFP and 11 ANC to make up the 27 member Umzinyathi Council.
This is based on the number of votes received in Umvoti and Endumeni (ANC) and majority IFP in Msinga and Nquthu.
In a telephonic interview with the regional secretary of Inkosi Bhambata ANC branch, Mr Bheki Lambethe, he expressed thanks to all in Umvoti for having had a peaceful and hassle-free election.
He expressed his thanks to all the voters for the confidence they had shown in having the ANC lead them for the next five years, and assured all that the ANC was committed to delivering the services as per its manifesto.
Mr Lambethe expressed his appreciation to all other political parties for the free and fair elections.
The emphasis for the future would be to work together to make sure that Umvoti changes for the better.
The regional secretary announced that the ANC had decided that the mayoral candidate for Umvoti would be the current Mayor Councillor, Thami Ngubane.