ANC romps home in KwaDukuza by-election

South Africa’s ruling ANC romped home in a municipal by-election in KwaDukuza/Stanger in KwaZulu-Natal held on Wednesday. It raised its percentage of the vote from just over 60% in the previous election in the ward to over 90%, according to the Independent Electoral Commission.

The ANC’s main opponent, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), polled just over 8% of the vote—or 171 votes—to the ANC’s 1 904 votes or 90,5%.

The percentage poll—at 47,9%—was a reasonably high one for a municipal by-election. The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) polled just 27 votes or 1,28%.
The total number of votes cast was 2 102.

Tensions rose in the ward after the IFP—traditionally the ANC’s main rival in the province—reported that its campaign manager had been killed at his home in the area on Tuesday.

The ANC won the ward with 60,5% of the vote—or 980 votes—in the 2000 general municipal election in a 56,3% poll.

An independent polled 19,5% or 317 votes, while the Democratic Alliance gained 12,9% or 209 votes. The IFP polled just 4,9% last time or 80 votes while the Minority Front polled only 33 votes or 2,04%. The ACDP was a newcomer to Wednesday’s race. - I-Net Bridge

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