ANC holds on to seat in City’s ward 9 by-elec­tion

The Witness - - NEWS - SA­BELO NSELE

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. • sa­belo.nsele@wit­

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