|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Phindile Magagula (ANC)|
|• Total||4,787 km2 (1,848 sq mi)|
|• Density||82/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||97.7%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
Nkomazi Local Municipality is a local municipality of South Africa, located in the Ehlanzeni District Municipality, Mpumalanga. Malalane is the seat of the municipality.
The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:
|Place||Code||Area (km2)||Population||Most spoken language|
|Matsamo Part 1||81711||392.15||105,277||Swazi|
|Matsamo Part 2||81718||1.11||3,659||Swazi|
|Remainder of the municipality||81715||1,833.87||35,837||Swazi|
Main article: Nkomazi Local Municipality elections
The municipal council consists of sixty-five members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Thirty-three are elected by first-past-the-post voting in thirty-three wards, while the remaining thirty-two 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 1 November 2021 the African National Congress (ANC) won a majority of fifty seats on the council.
The following table shows the results of the 2021 election.
|African National Congress||53,502||69.61||33||58,121||75.89||17||50|
|Economic Freedom Fighters||9,236||12.02||0||11,085||14.47||9||9|
|African Transformation Movement||724||0.94||0||773||1.01||1||1|
|Freedom Front Plus||630||0.82||0||682||0.89||1||1|
|8 other parties||1,069||1.39||0||1,640||2.14||0||0|
The following by-elections were held to fill vacant ward seats in the period from November 2021. A number of ANC councillors were expelled by the party after working with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to elect Johan Mkhatshwa, former mayor and the top-ranked ANC candidate on the proportional list, elected as mayor. The ANC candidates won both available seats in the August by-elections, although the party received less than 50% of the votes in ward 10. The EFF won the October by-election in ward 11, its first ward win in the province.
|Date||Ward||Party of the previous councillor||Party of the newly elected councillor|
|31 August 2022||10||African National Congress||African National Congress|
|31 August 2022||13||African National Congress||African National Congress|
|19 October 2022||11||African National Congress||Economic Freedom Fighters|