The tables below summarise the results of the 26 November by-elections. Most of the wards were retained by the incumbent parties, although the ANC and the NFP lost a ward each:
The ANC comfortably retained control of the Inkwanca and Mooi Mpofana councils. Although the party lost Ward 2 in Inkwanca to the DA, it made up for this by winning a PR seat from the DA. The overall position in council is therefore unchanged (ANC 5, DA 1, COPE 1):
The ANC had a small scare in Ward 3 in Inkwanca also, where COPE won 39% of the vote. COPE might have polled even higher if the DA hadn’t split the opposition vote. Voter turnout remained high in the municipality, with over 60% turnout in each of the four wards.
The ANC did very well in Maluti a Phofung, increasing its share of the vote from 52% in 2011 to 82% on Wednesday. The Dikwankwetla party, which received 30% of the vote in 2011, could only muster 10% on Wednesday.
The ANC also did well in Mooi Mpofana, retaining every one of its ward seats and its PR seat. The overall composition of the municipal council remains unchanged, just as in Inkwanca. The ANC did make Ward 4 safer, increasing its share of the vote from 42% to 49%, but the IFP is hot on its heels. The IFP increased its share of the vote from 38% in 2011 to 40% on Wednesday.
The IFP also did well to win the Ulundi ward off the NFP, increasing its majority in the municipal council. The party went from 42% of the vote to 50%, displacing the NFP, which also increased its share of the vote, from 43% to 44%.
The ANC successfully defended all of its wards in Mogalakwena:
The party did well to retain all of its seats and even increase its majority in some wards. Turnout was uniformly low, ranging from 17% to 35% of all registered voters. Two of the wards were uncontested.
The EFF did very well in the municipality, winning between 15% and 33% of the vote in the ten wards it contested. This compares favorably to the 12% that the party won in the municipality in the 2014 general elections. The EFF would have been assisted by the low voter turnout and general shortage of other opposition parties competing, but the party still performed strongly in the wards where there were one or two other opposition parties competing.
The ANC retained two wards in Mpumalanga unopposed and won the third with a reduced majority (an independent candidate won the other 20% of the vote in Umjindi). The party did well to increase its share of the Kai !Garib ward from 65% to 86%, partly because the DA (27% in 2011) did not field a candidate.
The DA successfully defended its Theewaterskloof ward for a second time, receiving 55% of the vote. This was slightly down from the 56% the party received in 2011, but is better than the 52% the party polled in the 2012 by-election. Turnout remained high, underlining how strenuously the DA and ANC are fighting in this municipality.
Results in Ward 2 of Overstrand were virtually unchanged from the 2011 figures (DA 75%, ANC 25%) but in Ward 5 the EFF picked up 12% of the vote. The party was assisted by a lack of competition: the DA, UDM and an independent all split the opposition vote in 2011.
The DA retained Ward 7 of Overstrand unopposed which is unusual; it is very rare for the ANC not to field a candidate for an election.