Rustenburg - The African National Congress (ANC) snatched four seats from the Democratic Alliance (DA) and retained 12 seats during the by-elections contested in eight provinces, excluding the Western Cape, the Electoral Commission of South Africa said on Thursday.
"The Democratic Alliance (DA) retained ten seats and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) retained one seat gained in the 2016 Municipal Elections," the IEC said.
The ANC wrestled control from the DA in ward 12 of the Makana municipality, Eastern Cape, ward 29 in the Ekurhuleni municipality, Gauteng, ward 30 in the Msunduzi municipality in KwaZulu-Natal and ward 5 in the Hantam municipality in the Northern Cape.
In the North West, both the ANC and the DA welcomed the results of by-elections in the Rustenburg municiplaity. The DA retained ward 16 and the ANC ward 26.
"The ANC welcomes the results of the by-elections as held yesterday [Wednesday] in the Rustenburg local municipality. Our people have once more demonstrated their belief in the ANC to transform their lives," said interim provincial committee (IPC) coordinator Hlomane Chauke.