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IFP retains Nkandla municipality

The Inkatha Freedom Party has retained the Nkandla Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal by 50.07%. The IFP had won the municipality in the 2011 local government elections but even though the 2014 general elections didn’t have much to do with local government the party’s support seemed to have dwindled to 37%.

Going into the 2016 municipal elections, projections were that the ANC would win the municipality, under which President Jacob Zuma’s homestead falls, by around 54% of the votes.

It would seem the National Freedom Party’s non-participation in these elections has given the IFP an added advantage.

The IFP has amassed the 15 seats in the municipal council to the ANC’s 12 followed by the EFF with only 0.79% (592 votes) of the total vote.

According to the 2011 census, the municipality has a population of 114 415.

Meanwhile, the IEC in KwaZulu-Natal says counting has now been concluded at all voting stations in the eThekwini Municipality.

Provincial Electoral officer Mawethu Mosery says the delay was not due to any major glitches and extra IEC personnel were dispatched to the stations to fast track the process.

Mosery says the count from these stations now join the queue of important verification across the province.

“And those two were here in eThekwini and we’ve sent an additional team to those two to conclude the process. Those stations are Port Natal High School, the second one is Moutroyale. So, those are the two and we’ve sent an additional team to ensure they can conclude the count in those two sites.”

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