Aside from the three much-publicised contests in Tlokwe, there were eight wards up for by-elections on Wednesday. All the wards were successfully defended by the incumbent parties. While there were fireworks aplenty in Tlokwe, these took place with little fuss.
In the Eastern Cape, in ward 22 of Mbhashe (Idutywa), the ANC successfully defended its ward. The party had won the ward with 81% in 2011 (COPE 14%, PAC and UDM 2% each). The party retained the ward with 83% on Wednesday (IFP 7%, independent 6%, PAC 5%) while voter turnout fell from 65% to 53%.
In Gauteng, the DA retained ward 9 in Lesedi (Heidelberg). The party won the ward with 86% in 2011 (FF+ 8%, ANC 5%) and its candidate ran unopposed in the by-elections. In ward 4 of Merafong City (Carletonville) the ANC successfully defended its ward. The party had won the ward with 84% in 2011 (DA 11%) and its support dropped a notch to 69% in the by-elections (DA 24%, independent 6%). Voter turnout was sharply down from 60% to 36%.
In ward 33 of Ethekwini (Durban metro) the DA successfully defended a ward it had won with 71% in 2011 (ANC...