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ANC and EFF to lock horns in Eastern Cape by-election on Wednesday

Aug 21, 2017
ANC and EFF to lock horns in Eastern Cape by-election on Wednesday

Five municipal ward by-elections will take place in the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng and Western Cape on Wednesday.

According to the IEC, the by-elections will be contested by 20 candidates representing eight political parties. 

In the Eastern Cape, Ward 7, in the Ngqushwa Municipality, will be contested by Mlungiseleli Luzipho of the African National Congress (ANC), and Nontsikelelo Felicia Majamani of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The ward was previously represented by the ANC and became vacant as a result of the death of the councillor.

The voter turnout for this ward in the 2016 Municipal Elections was 59.61% and the ANC candidate won the ward with 81.31% of valid votes, the IEC said.

In the Free State Ward 3, in the Matjhabeng Municipality, will be contested by Mofihli Phillip Thejane of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP); Sabata Dominic Lenong of the ANC; Margaretha Johanna Badenhorst of the Democratic Alliance (DA); Sello Patrick Molefi of the EFF; Lesego Wilfred Masibi of the Power of Africans Unity (PAU); and Motete Petrus Kopela of the United Front of Civics (UFC).

The ward was previously represented by the DA and became vacant as a result of the resignation of the councillor. 

The voter turnout for this ward in the 2016 Municipal Elections was 59.36% and the DA candidate won the ward with 34.15% of valid votes.

In Gauteng, Ward 91, in the City of Ekurhuleni, will be contested by Melinda Maré of the ACDP; Michael Mkhanyeli Mabhena of the ANC; Desmond Andrew McKenzie of the DA; and Matome Jeffrey Musekwa of the EFF.

The ward was previously represented by the DA and became vacant as a result of the resignation of the councillor.

The voter turnout for this ward in the 2016 Municipal Elections was 67.70% and the DA candidate won the ward with 65.04% of valid votes.

Ward 124, in the City of Johannesburg,will be contested by Mongameli Mnyameni of the ANC; Shenaaz Khan of the Congress of the People (COPE); Gcinilizwe Salaze of the DA; and Mahuma Pelo Jeremiah Moholoaboni of the EFF.

The ward was previously represented by the ANC and became vacant as a result of the death of the councillor.

The voter turnout for this ward in the 2016 Municipal Elections was 47.94% and the ANC candidate won the ward with 47.58% of valid votes.

In the Western Cape, Ward 5, in the Bergrivier Municipality,will be contested by Billy J Claasen of the ANC; Martha van der Ventel of the Cape Party (CP); Sarah Willemse of the DA; and Dirk Jakobus Adams of the EFF.

The ward was previously represented by the DA and became vacant as a result of the death of the councillor.

The voter turnout for this ward in the 2016 Municipal Elections was 60.55% and the DA candidate won with ward with 50.76% of valid votes.