ANC, DA battle it out for control of Durban North

2014-07-01 00:00

THE contest in the Durban North by-election tomorrow will see the ANC and the DA vying for control of the vacant ward.

Ward 36 became vacant after Democratic Alliance councillor Dean Macpherson took up a parliamentary position following the May elections.

Now the African National Congress’s Tina Tsepouras and the DA’s Shaun ­Ryley will battle it out in one of seven by-elections to be held in the province.

Election results show the ward is a DA stronghold with the party having won 9 290 votes (84%) in the 2011 municipal elections while the ANC obtained 2 730 votes (12,34%).

The DA had previously won the ward in the 2006 municipal elections with a convincing win at three voting stations.

However, both parties were yesterday confident of faring well in the by-election contest.

Born in Greece, Tsepouras moved to the country in the 1980s after completing her university degree.

She served three terms as a councillor in eThekwini Metro after years of community activism.

Tsepouras said she hoped to use the experience and skills she gained as a councillor to champion the interests of the people of Durban North.

“I call on people of Ward 36 to vote for change and be part of the future. For far too long we as people of Durban North have allowed ourselves to be misled and it is time we help to bring about change.

“By voting for me [ANC], they will no longer be used and controlled by a group of people who pretend to have the interest of the community at heart,” she added.

Ryley, who was born in Pietermaritzburg, has lived in Durban for more than 10 years.

He said the main issues facing the residents of Durban North related to the use of rates for the development and maintenance of infrastructure.

“Crime needs to be addressed through community participation in community policing forums and neighbourhood watches and I will endeavour to maintain a working relationship with crime fighting bodies such as SAPS and metro police as well as the structures mentioned above,” he said.

Ryley also said the maintenance of open spaces was an important issue for Ward 36.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said: “We view all areas as strategic for us to grow our support.”

However, DA leader Sizwe said: “We are confident this time around we will retain the ward.

“Whatever they try doing, they will not succeed.”

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