South Africa: IFP Picks Up ANC Ward in Mtubatuba

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The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) won a key by-election on Wednesday by winning a seat off the African National Congress (ANC) in a northern KwaZulu-Natal municipality. The voters gave the ANC anything but a cold winter's shoulder in the other ward contested on Wednesday. The ANC had a convincing hold in Sol Plaatje (Kimberley) in the Northern Cape.

Ward 6 in Mtubatuba (Nkombose Enqupheni) in KwaZulu-Natal IFP 45% (38%) ANC 43% (52%) ACDP 5% EFF 5% (7%)

Mtubatuba saw fierce contestation between the IFP and the ANC between the 2016 local government elections and the 2019 national and provincial elections. The IFP first won a seat off the ANC to allow them to have the luxury of not relying on the outside support of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The ANC then took this luxury away from the IFP by winning a seat off them to ensure that the IFP's continued control of Mtubatuba depended on both the DA and the EFF's support.

This contestation continued on Wednesday as the IFP won this seat off the ANC by a mere 44 votes. Ward 6 lies near the town of Mtubatuba, next to the N2 national road. Nkombose, the bigger village...

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