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The results of this week’s by-elections confirm the public’s confidence in the ruling party, the ANC said on Thursday.
Spokesman Jackson Mthembu said in a statement the African National Congress welcomed the results, which showed that the party won five wards, including one uncontested ward, in nine by-elections.
The Democratic Alliance won the remaining four wards.
“The results of the by-elections once again sent a clear message of the overwhelming confidence our people have in the ANC as a result of the daily reality they see, which is an improvement in the lives of many across the country,” Mthembu said.
Municipal by-elections were held in nine wards across five provinces on Wednesday.