The ANC won two municipal by-elections in Matjhabeng and Moqhaka by an overwhelming majority on Wednesday. The by-elections in the Northern Free State were contested by six candidates and four political parties, including the EFF, ACDP and PAU. The by-elections was a result of the resignation of ward councillors.
Ward 17 in Matjhabeng was won by Nyaniso Tshokotshela, with 90.70% out of the votes cast. Ward 20 in Moqhaka was won by Lehlohonolo Ramajoe with 87.97% out of the votes cast.
However, voter turnout was less than 40% with just 35.78% and 36.04% of residents visiting their voting stations in Ward 17 and 20, respectively.
The IEC is preparing for by-elections in Maluti-A-Phofung, after almost 20 of its councillors resigned last year. The ANC ward councillors were found guilty by the party of voting with opposition parties during the election of the executive mayor, Gilbert Mokotso.
Courant reported last month that members of the party from the area demanded that the elections be cancelled. The group protested outside ANC headquarters Luthuli House, Johannesburg demanding that the councillors be reinstated while threatening to disrupt the by-elections.
However, IEC Provincial Electoral Officer, Jabulani Tshabalala explained that voting will indeed go on later this month. “There will always be complaints but we have to follow the law. Our mandate is to run elections where elections are declared. We do not declare that elections should take place but municipalities do,” he said.
Maluti-A-Phofung by-elections are set to take place at 91 voting stations on 27 August 2019.