ANC sweeps local councils but shows decline overall
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.