The ANC and the DA in Buffalo City Metro will go head-to-head in two by-elections on June 20. The two parties will try to retain their respective wards. The Eastern Cape has become a happy electoral hunting ground for the DA. In previous years the province had been an ANC stronghold. However, the DA has made significant inroads in the province, with its most notable success being Nelson Mandela Bay, where it leads a coalition. The Buffalo City by-elections follow the resignation of DA ward 18 councillor David Vianne; while in ward 21, the position has been vacant since the death of ANC ward councillor Mlandeli Ngabayena in April. The DA in ward 18 has fielded businessman Jason McDowell to defend a ward that the party already governs, against the ANC’s Andrew Sokolich, another businessman. DA constituency leader in the metro Kevin Mileham said his party was confident it would retain ward 18. He said the party, however, did not field any candidate for ward 21, which covers Mdantsane’s...

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