IFP and ANC vie for KZN ward
THE uPhongolo municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal could change hands this week if the IFP can defeat the ANC in a by-election to be held on Wednesday.
The two parties will square off in the Ward 7 by-election with their sights firmly on the main prize of gaining control of the municipality.
The ANC currently controls 15 of the 29 seats while the IFP has 10. Working in the IFP’s favour is that the DA has two seats while the EFF and an independent councillor have a seat each.
Elsewhere at hung municipalities in the province the DA and the EFF have given their support to the IFP, and this is set to continue in uPhongolo if the IFP wins the ward.
If it snatches the ward from the ANC, the IFP will form a coalition with the two parties and independent councillor.
However, the ANC is confident that it will retain the ward it won in the last municipal elections, when the ANC got 55.62% of the votes and the IFP 39.16%.
The by-election was called after ANC councillor Mbhekiseni Khumalo was murdered at his home in December.
Yesterday, police spokesperson Colonel Nqobile Gwala said no arrests had been made in connection with Khumalo’s murder.