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Battle for political power heats up in Eastern Cape

Opposition parties are determined to dethrone the ANC which has lost some ground in the province.

FILE: The battle for power is heating up in the Eastern Cape ahead of the 2016 local government elections. Picture: Amanda Moore/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The battle for power is heating up in the Eastern Cape ahead of the 2016 local government elections.

Opposition parties are determined to dethrone the African National Congress (ANC) which has lost some ground in two heavily contested wards in the province.

While the governing party maintains control of most wards in Port Elizabeth, it lost one to an independent candidate in by-elections this week.

The Democratic Alliance's Athol Trollip meanwhile says the party's support is growing in some areas.

"First of all, the ANC no longer holds the kind of authority that it did in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan so it was brought below 50 percent in the national elections which is very unusual."