The African National Congress’ (ANC) poor performance in elections is increasing as the Inkatha Freedom Party has won the by-elections which were held in Nquthu on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
After the previous local government elections, the ANC and NFP coalition could not get an outright control of the municipality and that resulted in this election.
The IFP achieved an outright majority win in Qunu municipality with 14 wards out of 18. The highly contested municipal election was mainly between the ANC and the IFP who wanted to claim the municipality.
People turned out in numbers and casted their votes which seperated men from women. The IFP showed that no man is an Island and they defeated the ruling party to claim the municipality. Other parties which contested were the DA and the EFF.
The turnout of events shows how weak the ruling party is become on a daily basis.
Before the by-election this week, several high-profile leaders visited the area to talk to the people about their plans in the municipality.
The ANC sent in President Jacob Zuma, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and members of the KZN provincial leadership. While the IFP deployed its president Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the EFF sent Julius Malema and the DA’s Mmusi Maimane also visited Nquthu
Meanwhile the African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed the release of results of the by-elections held in two provinces yesterday, 24 May 2017. 18 wards were contested in 2 provinces, 17 in KwaZulu-Natal and 1 in the Western Cape.
“We would like to take this opportunity and congratulate the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for, once again, delivering the credible, free and fair elections, in which we can all have confidence in”.
“The ANC appreciates the support it received in a number of wards it retained. Even though we have never outrightly won the Nquthu Municipality, we are nonetheless disappointed with the loss of majority in wards in the municipality”, said in a statement.
Opposition parties have been find a chance to extinguish the ANC which has not been stable in recent years after squables and divisions have been emerging from party.
Some ANC members think that the incumbent president, Jacob Zuma has let down South Africans and he should step down. But the message of him to leave the president seat has divided the party into two, those who support it and those who don’t.