ANC wins 10 by-elections, DA wins 5
The ANC won most of the municipal by-elections held this week, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has said.
“The African National Congress won 10 of the 19 municipal ward by-elections which took place on Wednesday,” spokesperson Kate Bapela said in a statement.
“Of the remaining seats, five went to the Democratic Alliance and three went to the independent candidates, whereas [the] Pan Africanist Congress of Azania won one seat.”
There was an average voter turnout of 33%, with actual turnout of between 19.5% and 73.3%.
In the Eastern Cape, two by-elections were held, but only one was contested.
The ANC’s Bandile Nicholas Nqodi retained his seat in Ward Five, in Elundini (Mount Fletcher), and the party’s candidate, Nceba Hokwana, retained his seat in Ward Five in Engcobo Municipality.
In the Free State two by-elections were held in wards which became vacant when the councillors resigned.
Independent candidate Morena William Thabiso Mabaleng won Ward Seven in Setsoto (Senekal) municipality, which the ANC previously held.
In Ward 10 of the Metsimaholo (Sasolburg) municipality, the ANC retained its seat, which Nokuthula Mirriam Mtshali won.
Two by-elections were held in the North West. Ward Nine, Rustenburg, which became vacant when the ANC councillor died, was won by the party’s candidate Glen Michael Mutle.
The DA also retained its seat in Ward 14, Tswaing (Delareyville), with Paul Stephanus Bam replacing a DA councillor who resigned.
In Gauteng, the DA retained Ward 115, with the election of councillor Christopher Glen Santana, following a resignation.
There was also only one by-election in the Northern Cape, where independent candidate Paul Vries was elected in Ward Three, !KHEIS, in the Groblershoop municipality. The seat was previously held by the ANC.
In the Western Cape, the DA retained Ward Seven, in Hessequa (Heidelberg/Riversdale) municipality, with the election of Adriana Maria Joubert, following a resignation.
In Mpumalanga, the DA retained Ward 17, Mbombela (Nelspruit) municipality with the election of Werner le Grange, and Ward 30 with the election of Trudie Maria Johanna Grova Morgan. In Ward 10, Nkomazi municipality, an ANC seat was uncontested and went to the ANC’s Jabulile Zodwa Mtileni.
Seven by-elections were held in Limpopo.
The ANC’s Mahlalele Donald Hlangwini retained the party’s seat in Ward 24 in the Greater Tzaneen municipality; and the PAC’s Thomani Paul Thabela won Ward 33 in Thulamela (Thohoyandou) municipality from the ANC.
ANC candidate Selege Paul Diketane kept the party’s seat in Ward 25 in the Makhuduthamaga (Ngwaritsi) municipality, Kotupo Elizabeth Dieale in Ward 27, and Phashe Jonas Marutla in Ward 28.
In Ward 20 of the Greater Tubatse municipality, the ANC’s Putina Joel Hlatywayo replaced an independent candidate who died, while independent candidate Alfred Welly Mboyane won Ward 23 from the ANC, whose councillor had resigned.
A by-election in the Abaqulusi municipality’s Ward 22 could not be held on Wednesday because of to an Electoral Court order, which allowed Andre Lotter to run as an independent candidate.
Lotter was previously an African National Congress candidate in the Vryheid ward.