Here’s a quick review of last week’s by-elections. The DA retained a crucial Oudsthoorn ward, but the municipality itself remains ungovernable
South Africans went to the polls in eight wards in Wednesday’s by-elections (there were another two ANC wards which were uncontested). Five wards were won by the DA in the 2011 municipal elections and three were won by the ANC.
Here’s a very quick and informal update on the 30 September by-elections. It’s really a bunch of random thoughts with some analysis thrown in, plus a threadbare apology for not keeping in contact with you.
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.
The by-elections have passed without much incident. Five wards were defended successfully by the incumbent parties (ANC and DA). All five seats were retained with increased majorities. Voter turnouts numbers were unremarkable. The one thing which does confound and confuse me is how the Steve Tshwete ward increased its number of registered voters.
Here’s my review of the upcoming June by-elections with a map