ANC happy with growth

2014-05-10 00:00

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday welcomed its landslide win as it retained — and grew — its control of the province.

“We are happy with the results we have obtained so far. These results are going to be the launch pad for the 2016 local government elections,” said provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala.

He attributed part of the success to the hard work of volunteers on the ground.

“We had 42 000 volunteers across the provinces that were busy with door-to-door campaigns which allowed us to reach each and every household..”

The final results last night showed that the ANC obtained 64,52% of the vote in KZN, up from 62,96% in 2009.

The ANC’s support has consistently grown since it took control of the province from the IFP in 2004 with 46,98% of the vote and governed with the help of the Minority Front.

Zikala said the ANC had grown its support in almost all areas.

The party has targeted the Zululand district, the erstwhile stronghold of IFP and now under the control of the NFP, as its launch pad for the 2016 elections.

Aside from its support in eThekwini and Msunduzi, the ANC performed strongly in Newcastle and Richards Bay, taking just over 71% in Newcastle.

In these towns, the DA and IFP came a distant second and third, swopping places since 2009, when the IFP came in second.

Attempts to speak to ANC local leaders in these two areas were unsuccessful yesterday, but Zikalala said in the Newcastle area they focused on service delivery issues to the townships.

The Newcastle Municipality is lauded as an ANC and local government success story in South Africa.

It has on several occasions been honoured as the cleanest municipality in the province, and has also been credited for innovation and cross-party co-operation.

The ANC in KZN will today hold an election victory celebration at Moses Mabhida Stadium’s People’s Park East, starting with a motorcade from Curries Fountain Stadium at 11 am.

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