The ANC has once again proved to rival parties vying for positions in KwaDukuza Municipality that the party is man enough to knock off opposition groups.
A preliminary result released by the IEC on their election dashboard indicates the ruling party clinch victory in controversial ward of Chakashead with an overwhelming 85.24% majority win against Malema’s EFF, which trailed behind with just 8.02%.
Shakashead, KwaDukuza Municipality grabbed headlines in February this year when residents set alight ANC Councillor Jetro Banda’s home and car after barricading Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal and closing N2 and R102 with burning tyres and tree branches.
The aggrieved residents as gathered had demanded the removal of the longstanding ANC leader at that time. Banda on the other hand accused ‘enemies’ within the ANC of creating enmity between him and a nominated opponent.
However, BuzzSouthAfrica learnt embattled Banda was removed by the ruling party of the eve of the municipal election. Nevertheless, with this victory, report says the longstanding Councillor will now be replaced by the ANC.
Early results across the country indicate that ANC voters have abandoned the party in huge numbers.
With vote counting ongoing, the ANC had an overall majority nationwide but had slipped below 50% in the capital Pretoria and the commercial centre Johannesburg – indicating it would be forced to form a coalition to rule.
It is pertinent to note that the ANC has never won less than 60% of the vote since the country’s first multiracial vote in 1994, when former president Nelson Mandela was sworn in as president.
However, the ruling party won the first declared council in Gauteng. The party retained the Lesedi local municipality in Gauteng with 61% of total votes.
Though the ANC won, its support decreased by almost 7 percentage points; having won the municipality with 70.87 percent in 2011.