DA wins two by-elections in KwaZulu-Natal

2010-05-06 10:12

The Democratic Alliance won two of the three by-elections held in

KwaZulu-Natal yesterday, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said

today.


The third ward was won by Inkatha Freedom Party, IEC provincial

spokesperson Thabani Ngwira said.


“The DA received 97.72% (of the vote) in ward 10 in eThekwini and

63.18% in Newcastle.

"The IFP won by 83.16% in Nquthu,” he said.


DA member of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, John Steenhuisen, said

the win meant that his party would do well in the upcoming local government

elections.


“These by-elections speak volumes about the continued growth of the

DA following on from the 2009 general election results and the choice of the DA

as the only alternative to the ANC,” he said.


The DA had increased its share of the result from 77.7% in last

year’s general elections to 97.7% in this by-election in eThekwini

Municipality’s ward 10.


DA candidate, Gillian Noyce trounced IFP candidate Coenraad Selzer

and the ANC’s Dumezweni Ndlovu.


Ndlovu made headlines when it emerged on the eve of the by-election

that he had been sentenced to four years after being convicted of theft and

hijacking in 1999.


The ANC did not remove Ndlovu as a candidate as it was too late to

field another candidate.

The party had since said it would haul Ndlovu before a

disciplinary committee for not disclosing that he had a criminal record.


Steenhuisen criticised the ANC for not withdrawing Ndlovu, saying

that it was an insult to voters.


“In an ultimate insult to the voters of eThekwini, instead of doing

the honourable thing and withdrawing their candidate, the ANC, including at

least one MEC, actually rallied around him and campaigned for him on election

day,” he said.


Steenhuisen said the ANC’s poor track-record in eThekwini and

alienation of ratepayers had resulted in the sharp decline from 14.13% to 1.8%

when compared to the ANC’s performance last year.


“The IFP demonstrated their continual decline with a woeful 0.4%

and what appeared to be an election campaign that reflected the lack of

direction of the party as a whole.”

 

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