The ANC has won the by-election in ward 18 in the Umzimkhulu Municipality in southern KwaZulu-Natal. ANC candidate Zibuse Mthombeni beat the DA's Jabulani Chiya.
The ward was previously represented by Chiya who was an independent candidate. It became vacant when he joined the DA.
KwaZulu-Natal IEC head, Mawethu Mosery, says the election was free and fair.
“We appreciate the work of political parties as well as voters who came out in their numbers because we saw a voter turnout of over 50% in that area. We were expecting 4000 voters, 2400 voters participated. The outcome of the by-election indicates that the ANC candidate is the one that got 60% and the winner of this by-election and the DA candidate got 28 %,” says Mosery.
Meanwhile, the Independent Electoral Commission, IEC, says it's ready for the by-election that will take place on the 22nd of this month in the Albert Luthuli and Thaba Chweu Municipalities in Mpumalanga.
The by-election follows the resignation of two ANC councillors from the respective municipalities two months ago
The by-election follows the resignation of two ANC councillors from the respective municipalities two months ago. IEC spokesperson, Sibusiso Nkosi, says between the two municipalities, there is only one independent candidate.
“Albert Luthuli Ward 7 … it’s gonna be three candidates; Mr Vusi Joseph Hleza of the Congress of the People, Mr Manqoba Adison Malaza of the African National Congress and Mr Thembinkosi William Zulu of Inkhatha Freedom Party. In Thaba Chweu, two contested will be contesting; Agreba Gosdma Mdawe, who is an independent candidate, and Paul Boitutu Magosinyane of the African National Congress. We are asking all the voters to come in and cast their votes more especially in these two municipalities.”