IFP and ANC vie for KZN ward

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - BHEKI MBAN­JWA

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.

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