President Jacob Zuma’s bold prediction that he would soon be living in an ANC-run municipality has fallen flat.
Results issued by the Electoral Commission at 2pm Thursday show that the Inkatha Freedom Party has comprehensively won the municipality‚ obtaining 54% of the vote.
Zuma’s African National Congress obtained 44.25%.
After the 2011 local government election‚ Nkandla was run by a coalition of the National Freedom Party (NFP) and ANC. However‚ within two years of the vote‚ the IFP gained outright control after by-elections.
Shortly after voting on Wednesday at the Ntolwane Primary School‚ just a few kilometres from his homestead‚ a jovial Zuma expressed confidence that he would wake up in an ANC-controlled municipality. Zuma’s Ward 14 was won by the ANC in 2011.
“I will wake up in the municipality of the ANC. That’s what we’ve been working for. I’m satisfied and I voted correctly [for the ANC]‚” said Zuma.
However‚ with the IFP having 15 wards and the ANC 12 in the Nkandla council‚ the president‚ in fact‚ will continue to live in an IFP municipality.
WATCH: ‘I will wake up to an ANC-run municipality’ — President Zuma casts his vote in Nkandla – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT5boXPpyQE