KZN ANC loses control of eThekwini municipality

For years, the party ran the metro comfortably but Monday's election results showed that the party no longer had the outright majority.

Durban CBD. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

DURBAN - The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has lost its biggest municipality, eThekwini.

For years, the party ran the metro comfortably but Monday's election results showed that the party no longer had the outright majority.

During the 2016 elections, the ANC won 56% of the votes in the region but it was now at 42%.

Party leadership is also set to brief the media at the results centre on Thursday.

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South Africa is counting count down to the release of the final election results with political parties digesting the seismic shift in the political landscape.

The 2021 local government elections have produced historic results from record hung councils, with the ANC and DA suffering major blows and scrambling for partnerships.

With 99% of the results released, there are a staggering 68 hung municipalities.

The ANC in KZN said the low voter turnout by supporters sent a message about its leadership style.

Provincial spokesperson Nhlakanipho Ntombela said: “It is the lowest in the country and once it becomes the lowest, you must know that people are telling us a story as an organisation and what that means is that the majority of our supporters did not go out to vote.”

Ntombela said the 2019 national elections results were an indication that the ANC would see a decline in some districts in this year’s polls.

“That’s why we are not surprised of the outcome for some areas because in 2019, they showed us that was the direction they were taking.”