South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal By-Elections - Safe Seats in Some Areas, High Stakes in Others


Wednesday was the fourth round of by-elections since Cyril Ramaphosa became president of the African National Congress (ANC) and the President of South Africa. This was the first foray for a Ramaphosa-led ANC into KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) where all the by-elections for Wednesday were located. All of the wards being defended belonged to the ANC. By WAYNE SUSSMAN.

The by-elections had a reasonable spread across the vast terrain of the province. These included the ANC stronghold of UMdoni which sits on the South Coast in the Ugu district of the province, Mkhambathini which sits between Pietermaritzburg and Durban in the uMgungundlovu district of the province and Jozini which is bordered by Swaziland and Mozambique in the Umkhanyakude region in the northern part of the province.

The stakes were high in the Jozini by-election. It was a marginal ward and victory for the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) could impact on the governing composition of the municipality. The Democratic Alliance (DA) were competitive in the Mkhambathini ward, while the UMdoni ward was safe for the ANC.

Ward 16 in UMdoni (Amahlongwa Amandawe near Umkomaas) ANC 60% (74%) IFP 35% (16%) EFF 5% (3%)

While the ANC had decreasing returns in the major metros...


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Publish date : 2018-04-06 15:22:36
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