Kaya 959 Reporter
The ANC has retained the eThekwini metro, thanks to votes from smaller parties. Mxolisi Kaunda has been re-elected as mayor.
At the polls, the ANC in eThekwini dropped to below 50% after it could only accumulate 42.1% of the votes and 93 seats in the council, followed by the DA with 25.9% of the votes and 59 seats, while the EFF had 10.4% of the votes and 24 seats.
Kaunda received 113 votes, beating the DA’s Nicole Graham, who received 104 votes.
There were two spoiled votes in the 219 ballot papers.
The process to elect the new representative had a rocky start this week. The council’s inaugural sitting on Monday had to be adjourned owing to several disruptions, including power outages and a group of ANC supporters storming the meeting.
The DA’s Nicole Graham has blamed some smaller parties for handing power back to the ANC in Durban.
Maluleke spoke about how the DA has been condescending to many smaller political parties and that it doesn’t have a history of working together well with other parties.
“The DA are not always the most diplomatic party when it comes to coalitions. Most of the coalition parties in 2016 where the DA was involved, say they have had a problem of the party not being people savvy.”