Results of the Municipal By-Elections held on 05 April 2017

The African National Congress and Democratic Alliance retained two seats each, whereas an independent candidate won one seat during the by-elections contested yesterday in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Western Cape provinces.

The results saw both parties retaining the wards they won in the 2016 Municipal Elections, furthermore an independent candidate won a seat previously held by the African National Congress. 

Voter turnout varied in the by-elections between 28.64% and 66.25% with an average of 38.76%.

The new councillor for Newcastle Municipality is Prince Blessing Mwali in Ward 23 in the Newcastle Municipality – KZN252.  The independent candidate won the seat with 43.08% of the 2 272 votes cast.  Voter turnout was 44.01%. 

The new councillors for the African National Congress are:
Xola Chuma Mndela in Ward 3 in the uMziwabantu Municipality – KZN214.  The seat was retained by the party with 75.69% of the 1 879 votes cast.  Voter turnout was 32.78%. 
Lucky Steven Nyathi in Ward 1 in the Victor Khanye Municipality – MP311.  The seat was retained by the party with 57.07% of the 1 490 votes cast. Voter turnout was 42.69%.

The new councillors for the Democratic Alliance are:
Elleanor Anne Huggett in Ward 73 in the City of Johannesburg – JHB.  The seat was retained by the party with 84.37% of the 4 346 votes cast.  Voter turnout was 28.64%
David John Swart in Ward 2 in the Bitou Municipality – WC047.  The seat was retained by the party with 86.33% of the 3 543 votes cast.  Voter turnout was 66.25%.

The detailed results are available on the IEC website at

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