ANC holds on to seat in City’s ward 9 by-election
THE ANC retained Msunduzi ward nine in a tightly contested by-election held on Wednesday.
Nontobeko Khumalo is the new ward councillor, after the ANC took 52% of the votes cast.
Khumalo replaces the late Mbuyiselwa Ngcobo, who died earlier this year after a short illness.
The ANC had won the ward by 71% in the 2016 local government election.
The ward incorporates KwaMadlala, Ngcendomhlophe, KwaMagwenyane and Ndebenqeke.
The victory was the first one for the ANC in four by-elections that have been held in the Midlands since the 2016 local government election.
The party lost Msunduzi wards 33 and 32 and uMngeni ward seven to the DA in the by-election held this year and last year.
Convenor of the ANC regional task team, Thulani Xulu, said they had worked tirelessly to deliver the victory.
“This was a test of character. It has been hardly two weeks since we took office and we had to prepare for this by-election. This is a good start for us especially considering that we are preparing for next year’s election,” he said.
Xulu said they would be intensifying their campaign going toward’s next year’s polls.
“We are supposed to be having Thuma Mina [Send Me, ANC campaign slogan] campaigns every weekend in each and every ward,” he said.
Meanwhile, the IFP retained Nongoma ward 20 in another by-election held on Wednesday.
Philile Nhleko is the new ward councillor and replaces Zamani Sibiya, whose membership was terminated by the IFP after he was convicted of stock theft. • firstname.lastname@example.org