Nquthu Local Municipality

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Nquthu
Local municipality
Official seal of Nquthu
Seal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District uMzinyathi
Seat Nquthu
Wards 17
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Nethile Mariah Zungu
Area
 • Total 1,962 km2 (758 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 165,307
 • Density 84/km2 (220/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 99.7%
 • Coloured 0.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 0.1%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Zulu 90.1%
 • Sotho 6.6%
 • Other 3.3%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code KZN242

Nquthu Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Umzinyathi District of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Nquthu is an isiZulu name meaning "the back of the head".[4]

Isandlwana, the site of the historic Anglo-Zulu war battle which took place on 22 January 1879, is a well known tourist destination worldwide.[5]

Main places

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[6]

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Buthanani 52001 88.20 9,050
Emandleni 52002 250.76 8,877
Godide 52003 46.00 2,191
Hlatshwayo 52004 49.50 5,135
Khiphinkunzi 52005 168.71 26,233
Mangidini 52006 39.48 2,963
Mbokodwebomvu 52007 81.09 6,083
Molefe 52008 547.55 61,029
Nondweni 52009 7.61 7,173
Nquthu 52010 40.69 8,113
Vulindlela 52011 94.34 4,335
Zondi 52012 40.03 3,834

Politics

The municipal council consists of thirty-three members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Seventeen councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in seventeen wards, while the remaining sixteen are chosen from party lists so that the total number of party representatives is proportional to the number of votes received.

In the election of 3 August 2016 no party obtained a majority. The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) formed a government with the support of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The following table shows the results of the election.[7][8]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
Inkatha Freedom Party 19,099 19,554 38,653 44.1 10 5 15
African National Congress 17,821 19,018 36,839 42.0 7 7 14
National Freedom Party 2,203 3,021 5,224 6.0 0 2 2
Economic Freedom Fighters 1,321 1,313 2,634 3.0 0 1 1
Independent 2,479 2,479 2.8 0 0
Democratic Alliance 884 948 1,832 2.1 0 1 1
Total 43,807 43,854 87,661 100.0 17 16 33
Spoilt votes 878 929 1,807

As of Feburury 2017, the Nquthu Local Municipality had failed, since August 2016 Local Government elections, to form a council and appoint a mayor.[9] The KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube dissolved the currently elected members positions on 9 February 2017, effective from 23 February with elections to be held 25 May 2017.[9] A coalition of Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) held the majority control by one seat over the ANC's coalition of seventeen seats.[9] The DA and IFP blamed the ANC for the lack of progress. The DA would welcome the MEC's decision but the IFP was not happy about it.[9]

In the special election held on 25 May 2017, the IFP won a majority of 58% of the vote and 19 seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[10]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
Inkatha Freedom Party 27,768 28,086 55,854 58.0 14 5 19
African National Congress 15,751 15,735 31,486 32.7 3 8 11
Economic Freedom Fighters 1,354 1,272 2,626 2.7 0 1 1
National Freedom Party 1,075 1,039 2,114 2.2 0 1 1
Democratic Alliance 586 579 1,165 1.2 0 1 1
African Independent Congress 489 414 903 0.9 0 0 0
Forum 4 Service Delivery 311 268 579 0.6 0 0 0
African People's Convention 161 172 333 0.3 0 0 0
Black First Land First 144 114 258 0.3 0 0 0
National Religious Freedom Party 131 122 253 0.3 0 0 0
Academic Congress Union 98 100 198 0.2 0 0 0
National Peoples Ambassadors 109 82 191 0.2 0 0 0
National Democratic Convention 88 57 145 0.2 0 0 0
African Mantungwa Community 69 51 120 0.1 0 0 0
Total 48,134 48,091 96,225 100.0 17 16 33
Spoilt votes 610 633 1,243

References

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Statistics by place". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Statistics by place". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  4. ^ South African Languages - Place names
  5. ^ KwaZulu-Natal Top Business - Nquthu Municipality
  6. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  7. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Nqutu" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Nqutu" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c d Stolley, Giordano (13 February 2017). "Nquthu local municipality council to be dissolved". IOL. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  10. ^ Assembled from reports downloaded from the Electoral Commission at http://www.elections.org.za/content/Elections/Municipal-by-elections-results/.

External links

  • http://www.nquthu.gov.za/

Coordinates: 28°12′38″S 30°40′36″E / 28.21056°S 30.67667°E / -28.21056; 30.67667

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