The Economic Freedom Fighter EFF is grieving after a defeat by the ATM.
The party led by Mzwanele Manyi’s African Transformation Movement (ATM) won 30% in a municipal by-election in the Eastern Cape has the would-be MP grinning and others pondering.
The ATM won 30% of the votes in Nyandeni ward 21 on Wednesday.
The ward covers largely Ngqeleni and surrounding towns about 30km east of Mthatha.
A by-election is an election which happens in a municipality between general municipal elections every five years.
Elections analyst Dawie Scholtz called the result “very, very, very interesting” and an “incredible number” for the ATM. The ANC got 65% of the vote, the EFF 3% and the UDM 2%.
“I haven’t commented on ATM, because there is no data on them. But what’s been going around on social media [unverified] has been impressive. And this result is very impressive. ATM could have a consequential impact on the election. They’re not being polled. Could be a surprise,” Scholtz said.