ANC retains Umdoni
Ruling party brushes opponents aside, retains South Coast ward and promises to deliver
AT A time when many are ringing the death knell of a factionally divided ANC, the ruling party easily brushed aside its opponents to retain the South Coast ward of ward 18 Umdoni on Wednesday and pledged to continue to deliver for the people it serves.
The victory came shortly after the ruling party was able to retain an Uphongolo municipality ward which was the decider on who would govern the municipality between it and its longtime rival, the IFP.
In the Umdoni by-election ANC candidate Nozipho Hlongwa got 73.85% of the valid votes cast that was previously represented by an ANC councillor until it became vacant when the councillor passed away.
Hlongwa was up against Ndumiso Kumalo of the African Mantungwa Community, Bongani Khathi, of the EFF, Falini Cele of the IFP and Mandlenkosi Dube of the National Freedom Party.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said voter turnout on the day of the only by-election in KwaZulu-Natal was 50.92% compared to 64.56% in the 2016 municipal elections.
Accepting the result and the victory, spokesperson for the KZN ANC Mdumiseni Ntuli said they accepted and welcomed the results with the greatest humility.
He said the increased support communicated a clear and unambiguous message that the people of the area believed in the party and its programmes of uplifting them.
“An unadorned truth conveyed by these results is that the ANC continues to be the only most trusted organisation in our province. The centrality of the ANC in the cause of our people is undeniable,” Ntuli said.
He said the ANC had “a sacred responsibility to place the aspirations of the country’s people at the top of its agenda of social transformation.
“We accept this outcome with humility informed by our long-held view that it is an honour to serve our people.”
The electoral victory comes as delegates from all over the country gather in Johannesburg this weekend at the party’s national policy conference.
VICTORY: Despite factionalism, the ANC brushed opponents aside to retain the Umdoni municipality on the South Coast where it pledged to continue to deliver for the people it serves.