The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has made a dramatic turnaround in Kwa-Zulu Natal, taking 20% of the vote in the province.
IFP Deputy Chief Whip Liezel van der Merwe says the party is proud of itself for its ability to recover from a poor performance in the 2011 municipal elections and 2014 national elections.
She explains that the IFP has worked hard to re-build their political strategy and election campaign, after members split and formed the National Freedom Party (NFP) in 2011.
The NFP are now seen as IFP's arch-rivals, and were disqualified from contesting in these elections because of alleged sabotage from IFP leadership.
However, the IFP has denied their success is due to the NFP's disqualification from elections.
Listen to the the full conversation from The Midday Report from Stephen Grootes:
This article first appeared on 702 : IFP denies victory was due to removal of rival party NFP from ballot