Despite claims ANC had 'taken Nkandla', IFP now leading with 56,65% of the vote

Earlier, the ANC claimed that it had wrestled the Nkandla Municipality away from the IFP.

ANC leader Jacob Zuma. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Despite claims from the African National Congress (ANC) that it had wrestled the Nkandla Municipality away from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), the opposition party has managed to hold onto it.

The voting results from President Jacob Zuma's home region have changed significantly as counting has continued.

At 11am, the IFP was leading with 56,15 percent, with the ANC trailing at 41,74 percent.

Earlier the ANC was leading with 51,46 percent, leading the party's deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte to call it.

At around 6.30am, she said the ANC had "taken Nkandla".

"I'm very pleased that the president has won his ward not for him but that Nkandla is back in the hands of the ANC. I think the media made a great deal about that. I suspect some people were hoping that Nkandla would go to the DA," she said.

However, the IFP says it's now unlikely the ANC will take over in the uThungulu District.

The president on Wednesday said he hoped by the time he woke up this morning, the uThungulu District, which Nkandla falls under, would be under ANC leadership.

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