South Africa: ANC Wins Solid Majority in Mamusa in North West, FF+ Win Ward Off DA

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The African National Congress retained all ward seats and their outright majority in the Mamusa by-elections. The Economic Freedom Fighters exhibited strong growth, while the Freedom Front Plus easily won a ward off the Democratic Alliance.

The council in Mamusa, North West, was dissolved in late October due to maladministration and poor service delivery. Voters in the Mamusa by-elections received two ballots, a ward ballot and a proportional representation (PR) ballot.

Mamusa is part of the Ruth Mompati District in the North West province. Its principal town is the farming town of Schweizer-Reneke. Most voters reside in the Ipegeleng next to Schweizer-Reneke. Other settlements in the ward are Amalia, Migdol and Glaudina. There are also pockets of voters on the farms in the area.

Mamusa is solid ANC territory. It is one of 5 North West municipalities where the ANC received over 70% of the vote on the provincial ballot in the general elections in May 2019. In 2016 the ANC won 8 of the 9 wards in the municipality and won a total of 11 out of the 18 seats. The Forum 4 Service Delivery (F4SD), a North West party, were the official opposition between 2016 and 2020. The...

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