The African National Congress (ANC) in the Free State is confident that it will come out victorious as the Metsimaholo Local Municipality holds its by-election on Wednesday after a coalition collapsed.
The coalition led municipality was dissolved in July this year after failing to adopt a budget for the 2017/18 financial year.
The South African Communist Party (SACP) will for the first time contest elections as a party, going against the ANC-led alliance.
The municipality is being hotly contested by a number of parties.
The community is an economic hub because of the Sasol plant at Sasolburg.
Meanwhile, young people within the municipality have expressed mixed views about the highly contested by-election.
While some insist they won’t vote, others are optimistic that the party that wins will bring change, especially in the lives of the unemployed youth.
One young voter says: “After the elections I want to see change in Metsimaholo because things did not go well after a coalition last year. My issue is that there are councillors and they change parties and I won’t vote for such people.”