ANC re­tains Um­doni

Ruling party brushes op­po­nents aside, re­tains South Coast ward and prom­ises to de­liver

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - Kwazulu-natal News - SIHLE MAVUSO

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.

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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.

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