Yesterday voting took place at ward 70 in eThekwini Municipality, ward 3 in eNdumeni Municipality, ward 2 in Ukhahlamba Municipality and ward 8 in Ladysmith Muncipality.
“We are confident we will make a huge impact and register our presence in some of the contested wards,” Inkatha Freedom Party national organiser Alco Ngebese said.
ANC KZN provincial chairman Senzo Mkhize, whose party previously controlled three of the contested wards, warned opposition parties not to raise their hopes too high. “The people of the province have made it abundantly clear that they regard the ANC as their home,” he said.
The National Freedom Party, which previously controlled one of the four contested wards, said it was confident of winning two of the wards. “Our party continues to grow in the province and we will not disappoint in these by-elections. We are confident we will return our ward and add another one,” the party’s national organiser, Bonga Zunza, said.
The Democratic Alliance, which fielded a candidate in only one ward, eThekwini’s ward 70, said though it was confident of increasing its support base, it could not predict the outcome.