- The ANC failed to win control of Nkandla ward 7 from the IFP in Wednesday’s by-election
- On Tuesday, former president Jacob Zuma went on a door to door campaign in his home region to drum up support for the ANC’s candidate
- The IFP received 1,441 votes, the ANC 1,221 and the EFF managed only 4 votes
The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has beaten the African National Congress (ANC) in a by-election held in former president Jacob Zuma’s home region of Nkandla. IFP candidate Nkosinathi Khumalo won the Nkandla ward 7 by-election which was held on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Zuma went on a door to door election campaign in his home region to drum up support for the ANC’s candidate Bahle Sibiya. The former president met with hundreds of happy ANC supporters and urged them to vote for Sibiya.
Ward 7 of Nkandla became vacant earlier in 2018 when IFP councillor Mphumzeni Mthombeni passed away.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the IFP’s Khumalo received 1,441 votes (53%), the ANC’s Sibiya received 1,221 votes (45%) and the EFF candidate managed only 4 votes. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) reported a voter turnout of 65%.
The ANC had hoped to win back control of ward 7 which is effectively Zuma’s backyard from the IFP by sending the former president on a charm offensive.
Timeslive.co.za reported that Zuma remains popular in KwaZulu-Natal and in particular the Nkandla region. He was greeted by song and dance in the voting district in the Emangidini area.
Zuma told residents that the only way the region would be developed was if the ANC gained control from the IFP.
This sentiment was echoed by ANC Musa Dladla regional secretary Tholi Gwala who said residents had grown weary of waiting for the IFP to deliver on its promises.
Despite Zuma’s popularity and personal appearance the ANC actually lost ground to the IFP in the region. During the previous election the ANC candidate received 48% of the vote and the IFP candidate managed 51%.
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