ANC sweeps South Coast councils

2011-05-20 00:00

THE African National Congress has for the second term maintained its dominance in the Ugu District Municipal Council when it defeated the opposition and minority parties hands down on Wednesday.

In the six local municipalities comprising 81 wards under Ugu District, the party has taken 75 wards leaving the Democratic Alliance (DA), Inkatha Freedom Party (which has lost 11 wards to the ANC), the Minority Front (MF) and the New Freedom Party (NFP) to pick up the crumbs.

In Hibiscus Coast the ANC took 23 wards out of the 29, taking the only ward the IFP had in the municipality, while the DA stood its ground and wrestled a ward from the ANC.

In Vulamehlo the IFP was again dealt a terrible blow when the ruling party took two of its three wards with the remaining one taken by the NFP.

It was the same in the rest of the municipalities where the minorities saw their few votes being shared between the ANC and the DA — which ended up with eight wards in the six municipalities.

Be that as it may, the ANC has lost a few wards to the minority parties, with one ward in Umzumbe (19 wards in total) being taken by an independent candidate depriving the ANC total control of the municipality. The ANC also lost three to the DA in various municipalities.

The loss to the minorities is a challenge that requires the ruling party to investigate the cause of the loss, although it is minor, according to party regional secretary in the South Coast, Mzwandile Mkhwanazi.

Mkhwanazi said the success of the ANC in these elections can be attributed to the service delivered to the people of the area.

He acknowledged that there are concerns raised by the people such as lack of service delivery, nepotism and crime within the party, but warned people that failure to use the appropriate government institutions to report criminal activities would lead to more discontentment.

“People should understand that the ANC does not deal with criminal cases or matters, so if there’s any suspected criminal activity that must be reported to the police,” said Mkhwanazi

“The ANC is an organisation of integrity. The media is one of the factors that led to us losing the few wards to the minorities as they projected the ANC as corrupt and not delivering. But the people have spoken. The majority has proven that the ANC has what it takes to emancipate the people from oppression and poverty,” said Mkhwanazi.

“Despite all the criticisms from the media and those who were hell bent in discrediting the organisation, we are happy that people have shown that they have faith in the party and the support has been increasing.”

DA Indian Ocean South (Ugu District) constituency chairperson Douglas Rawlins said he was happy with his party’s performance.

He said hard work has paid off as his party was preparing hard for the elections since last year.

“We are proud to have managed to wrestle three wards from the ANC and this is a launching pad for 2014. I must stress that the results for us are satisfactory and we will do better in the next elections,” said Rawlins.

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