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ANC, IFP neck and neck in hotly contested KZN

The NFP on Monday announced that its members in KZN will be endorsing and giving their vote to the ANC.

Ntolwane Primary School in Nkandla where hundreds of people are expected to cast their vote. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

In KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the hotly contested regions of Nongoma and Edumbe have gone to different parties, with the African National Congress (ANC) and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) taking the lead respectively, as at 10am.

Since the announcement by the KZN National Freedom Party (NFP) that it would be giving its vote to the ANC, these areas have been closely monitored after contradictory messages from the Democratic Alliance (DA) and IFP, which also claimed they have received support from the smaller party.

The NFP was excluded from yesterday's polls after failing to pay its IEC registration fees on time.

With just over 30 percent of the votes counted, the ANC has taken 50,56 percent in the eDumbe region, with the DA coming second at 29,93 percent.

In Nongoma, The IFP is leading with 54,92 percent, followed by the ANC at just over 28 percent.

The IFP is taking a resounding lead in Ulundi at 71,72 percent, this is a particularly interesting number given the fact that Ulundi was under the Zululand district, whose mayor was from the NFP.

The NFP on Monday announced that its members in KZN will be endorsing and giving their vote to the ANC.