The battle for four wards in Johannesburg including, ward 109 in Malboro and ward 112 in Midrand, is on.

Opposition parties the Democratic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the African National Congress (ANC) are fighting for control of these wards ahead of the by-elections on the 24th July.

The DA wants to retain its majority in ward 112. DA councillor candidate, Lerato Mphefo, says ward 112 has always been a DA ward.

“Yes it has always been a DA ward and we’ve always been winning it by a large margin. Since the demarcation has changed a bit, but I have hope we will win it.”

The ANC is confident that their performance in the by-elections will be a reflection of their performance in the national poll. Johannesburg Spokesperson, Jolidee Matongo, says that they are confident the party will win both wards.

“We are confident that as the ANC we will win in both wards including ward 54 and ward 83. In the recent national elections, the ANC in terms of numbers will remain victorious because the DA has failed to live up to the expectations of the residents in this ward.”

The EFF has its eyes set on winning the hotly-contested ward which it labels a strategic ward of the ANC. Ward 112 Chairperson, Thabiso Telekoa, says that he sees a very good contest for the ward.

“So far it’s the most contested ward; it is a strategic branch of the ANC. We have managed to convince our people to vote for the EFF and I see a very good contestation.”