INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES INCREASE
Written by: Sihle Makhowana
The much anticipated day in the political calendar has come and gone and left a huge dent in many political parties, more especially in the leadership of the ruling party.
South Africa has seen an increase in the number of people who have opted to become independent counsellors, with a 14% increase in independent candidate registrations for the 2011 elections (754) than for the 2006 elections (662), and now in 2016 there’s been an increase, more especially in the Ethekwini region.
Fifty seven people deciding to become independent counsellors and only four of those were victorious in their respective wards.
Nomvula Shembe, former ANC Ward 17 counsellor, also decided to become an independent candidate but was not successful in her ward.
Shembe did not want to comment on her reasons why she decided to become an independent candidate.
Inchanga independent candidate Petros ‘Malombo’ Nxumalo unseated the ANC taking the victory collectively with the SACP (South African Communist Party).
Nonhlanhla Ngubane, an Inchanga resident explained the community’s expectations especially those of the youth.
“I personally don’t have huge expectations but I just want him to fast track service delivery, things such as electricity, sanitation and invest more in education from primary level to tertiary level,” said Ngubane.
President Jacob Zuma visited the ward last week to drum up support while SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande had also visited the area. Nxumalo is reportedly supported by some sections in the SACP and COSATU in the area.
The DA has made history by winning the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro with 56% from the ANC in what was described as the most contested election since the dawn of democracy in 1994.
The DA won the council by 46.71 percent, followed by the ANC at 40.92 percent, and EFF at 5.12 percent.
The DA also won the country’s most important metro and business hub, the Tshwane Municipality.