Voting officials check the ID of Hester Goliath against the voting list during the by-election in Ward 15, Lingcom Primary School, Kroonvale, Graaff Reinet.
Brian Witbooi, 20 January 2016. Picture: THE HERALD
Voting officials check the ID of Hester Goliath against the voting list during the by-election in Ward 15, Graaff Reinet on Wednesday. Picture: THE HERALD

The African National Congress (ANC), the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) retained all of their respective wards in by-elections that took place on Wednesday.

The parties each made strong showings in the councils in which they won. The voter turnout (between 26% and 53%) was not much lower that of the 2011 local government elections.

The ANC retained all four of its wards that were up for grabs on Wednesday. These wards were in Ingwe Local Municipality in KwaZulu Natal, Moretele Local Municipality in the North West as well as Phumelela and Ngwathe Local Municipalities in the Free State.

Mncedisi Khumalo retained Ward 10 of Ingwe Local Municipality for the ANC with 94% of the vote, with a voter turnout of 36%. The ANC enjoys a 72% majority in Ingwe Local Municipality and the ANC got 82% of the vote in that council in the 2014 national election.

Sanna Mthimkhulu retained Ward 1 of Ngwathe Local Municipality in the Free State for the ANC with 55% of the vote, in a by-election that had a voter turnout of 46%. The ANC is the majority party in the entire municipality (71%) and the governing party received 77% of the vote in the council during the 2014 national election.

The ANC retained Phumelela Local Municipality in an uncontested ward after the party’s previous councillor resigned. The party also retained Moretele Local Municipality uncontested. The ANC already enjoyed a 77% majority in Phumelela Local Municipality, while it leads Moretele Local Municipality with 78% of the vote.

The DA’s Phillip Nel retained Ward 42 of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng at 96% of the vote, with a voter turnout of 33%. Cheryl Phillips retained Ward 16 in Rustenburg Local Municipality in the North West with 89% of seats in a by election that saw 26% voter turnout. Glenda Mackelina retained Ward 5 in Camdeboo Local Municipality of the Eastern Cape, securing 59% of the vote.

The wards retained by the DA are all in ANC municipalities where the ANC has lost considerable support since at least 2011.

The IFP’s Sizwe Mbhele retained Ward 10 Indaka Local Municipality with 47% of the vote, a council the IFP leads at 37% of seats. Bukwani Namana retained Ward 15 of Abaqulusi Local Municipality with 50%. ANC leads Abaqulusi Local Municipality with 38% of seats. However the ANC grew its support in Abaqulusi and Indaka to 49% and 48% of the council respectively in the 2014 national election.