ANC, NFP hold KZN cards

Weekend Witness - - News - SKHUMBUZO MIYA

THE African Na­tional Congress won big in KwaZulu-Na­tal and is likely to con­trol more than 50 of the 61 KZN mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties af­ter the dec­la­ra­tion of the re­sults by the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) later to­day.

Af­ter the 2006 elec­tions, the ANC con­trolled only 29 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

The party looks likely to con­trol nine district mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, of which four — Uthun­gulu (Em­pan­geni), uMkhanyakude (Jozini), uThukela (Lady­smith) and Ama­juba (New­cas­tle) — were seized from the IFP. It also in­creased its ma­jor­ity in some of the dis­tricts it al­ready held — Ugu (Port Shep­stone), Sisonke (East Gri­qua­land), uM­gun­gundlovu and Ilembe (Stanger). The ANC re­tained the eThek­wini Metro.

Al­though the IFP won the Zu­l­u­land District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity with six seats, it failed to ac­quire an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity, which means that a pos­si­ble coali­tion be­tween the ANC (four) and the NFP, which also has four, would un­seat the IFP. In Umziny­athi District the ANC and the IFP won four seats each with the DA and the NFP get­ting a seat each.

Over the next few days, par­ties are likely to be en­gaged in se­ri­ous po­lit­i­cal horse-trad­ing to de­cide who will run about 12 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that are hung (with­out an out­right ma­jor­ity).

Those mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are In­daka (Waai­hoek-Eku­vukeni), Im­babazane and Umt­shezi (Est­court), Okhahlamba (Bergville), Mthon­ja­neni (Mel­moth), Nkandla, uMvoti (Grey­town), Emad­lan­geni (Utrecht), Nquthu and Dannhauser in north­ern KZN.

The IFP only man­aged to ac­quire ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity in Msinga and Ulundi. At Hlabisa where it re­ceived eight seats in a 14-seat mu­nic­i­pal­ity, a coali­tion be­tween the ANC and NFP will re­sult in a stale­mate.

Among the for­mer IFP lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that were seized by the ANC with an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity are, En­du­meni (Dundee area), uPhon­golo, Abaqu­lusi (Vry­heid), Mbonambi (Kwabonambi), Ntam­banana (near Em­pan­geni), uMh­labuyalin­gana, Big Five False Bay and Jozini (uMkhanyakude area), Umlalazi (Eshowe) and Maphumulo (near Stanger). The ANC re­tained all 29 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties it pre­vi­ously held.

The NFP won eDumbe mu­nic­i­pal­ity from the IFP with an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity and won the most seats in Non­goma. NFP leader Zanele Mag­waza­Msibi said the party’s na­tional work- ing com­mit­tee (NWC) will meet to­mor­row to de­cide who to form coali­tions with — both the IFP and ANC have ap­proached them.

A se­nior NFP leader who asked not to be named said the NWC is likely to pre­fer work­ing with the ANC.

“There is no way that the NFP lead­ers will ap­prove work­ing with the IFP as most of its lead­er­ship nearly had their po­lit­i­cal ca­reers pre­ma­turely ended when they were ex­pelled from the IFP and es­tab­lished the NFP. It is also likely that ser­vice de­liv­ery would be af­fected by petty squab­bles that are likely to emerge should the two par­ties form a coali­tion gov­ern­ment,” the leader said.

ANC pro­vin­cial chair­per­son and premier Dr Zweli Mkhize said the ANC will en­gage in talks to es­tab­lish coali­tion coun­cils once the IEC re­leases its fi­nal re­sults.

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