For the first time since the ruling party’s ascent to power, the ANC has failed to retain three of the Waterberg district local municipalities in Limpopo.
According to the results, there were no outright winners in the Waterberg local municipalities Modimolle-Mookgopong, Bela Bela, and Thabazimbi.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has snatched at least eight wards from the ANC, while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) also managed to chip away at the ANC’s dominance in the province.
Out of 22 councils in the province, the ANC has managed to secure control of eight, while two remain hung with their futures in the hands of opposition parties.
The ANC has thus far managed to retain power in Ephraim Mogale, Lephalale, Lepelle Nkumpi, Molemole, the new entity which encompasses Malamulele and Vuwani, Musina, and Maruleng, while counting in bigger municipalities continued.
Soon, it will be up to the EFF, the DA, the Congress of the People, and other parties to decide if they will form a coalition force and rule together. Or, in a seemingly less likely event, work together with the ANC.
Meanwhile, the bid against the controversial Vuwani-Malamulele-Hlanganani municipality suffered a knock when residents endorsed the ANC. Here, 35 wards were won by the ANC and one won by independent candidates.
This after more than 40 000 Vuwani residents chose to stay away from the polling stations in protest against the new municipality which they claim they were not consulted about.
Some Vuwani residents described the joining of the areas under the new municipality as a “marriage of two indigents who will depend on grants to remain afloat”.
– African News Agency (ANA)