This post gives the potted history of Nquthu municipality and the surrounding areas, helping to explain why so many parties seem to be campaigning so hard for a relatively unimportant municipality.
(Note: this article first appeared here) Introduction The City of Cape Town metro was once a fiercely contested battleground. Control of the metro changed hands a few times between 2000 and 2007, with various ANC-led and DA-led coalitions holding power at different points.
All the buzz and hubbub is around the four metros where coalitions will be needed (Nelson Mandela Bay, Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni) but there are another 23 municipalities with no clear winners.
Elections are less than four weeks away. Do you know which parties are contesting your ward?
Here’s a follow-up post on Nelson Mandela Bay metro, and how the EFF could ruin the ANC’s party in the 2016 municipal elections
Wednesday’s municipal by-elections had just enough incident and spectacle to hold the interest of the casual observer. The ANC lost another KwaZulu-Natal ward to the IFP and the DA came agonisingly close to winning back a Western Cape ward (and possibly the whole municipality) from the ANC.
Here’s a summary of the by-elections in Mtubatuba
A review of the Nelson Mandela Bay metro municipality, and not only why I think the ANC will lose its majority here in 2016, but also a possible new trend in the internal politics of the tripartite alliance
So, after a whirlwind through the cities of Gauteng (and obligatory music pun) what can we say about the EFF’s chances in the province in next year’s municipal elections?
For the third and final Gauteng metro we’ll take a look at the capital city, Tshwane. Just as in Johannesburg, there are pockets of EFF support dotted around the metro and, just like Johannesburg, there aren’t any easy ward victories for the part.