ANC sweeps lo­cal coun­cils but shows de­cline over­all

The Rep - - NEWS - BY SONJA RAASCH

THE ANC won a sub­stan­tial ma­jor­ity in the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the Chris Hani dis­trict dur­ing the 2016 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions but showed a de­crease in sup­port in all.

The fi­nal tally in the merged Lukhanji/Inkwanca/Tsol­wana mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, soon to be known as the Enoch Mgi­jima mu­nic­i­pal­ity, was 73.3% for the ANC, 13.31% for the DA and 7.86% for the EFF. Due to the merger, fig­ures for the 2011 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions could not be used for a com­par­a­tive anal­y­sis.

In the Emalahleni mu­nic­i­pal area, which com­prises Lady Frere and Dor­drecht, the ANC gar­nered 82.19% of the vote, down from 86.71%. The DA man­aged to up its share from 4.7% in 2011, to 11.22%.

The EFF gar­nered 2.74% of the vote. In the Intsika Yethu area, which in­cludes Cofimv­aba, the ANC's sup­port was down from 88.35% 81.82% – with the EFF at 6.54% a short head in front of the UDM at 5.27% – up from 3.41% in 2011. In the Amahlati area (Stut­ter­heim), the ANC recorded 79.29% of the vote, down from 82.38% with the DA al­most dou­bling its share from 4.98% to 8.94%. The EFF made a strong show­ing, get­ting 8.54% of the vote.

In the Inx­uba Yethemba area, which in­cludes Cradock, the ANC won 58.40% of the vote, down from 67.7%, with DA up from 33.05% to 38.88%. The EFF claimed 2.72% of the vote.

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