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ANC wins 6 by-elections, DA wins 4

2014-02-20 10:20
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Johannesburg - The ANC has won six of ten wards in the municipal by-elections, according to results released by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Thursday.

The Democratic Alliance won the remaining four wards.

In KwaZulu-Natal, African National Congress candidate Shunmugam Moodley took Ward 48 of the eThekwini Metro with 2 407 votes out of the 5 515 valid votes.

Ward 49 of eThekwini was won by DA candidate Donovan Pillay who secured 2 542 votes out of the 5 022 valid votes.

On the Hibiscus Coast, DA candidate Zuret Opperman won Ward 12 with 1 131 votes out of 2 045 valid votes.

In Lephalale in Limpopo, ANC member Alpheus Thulare took Ward 9 with 1 270 votes out of the 1 344 valid votes.

In Thaba Chweu's Ward 12 in Mpumalanga, DA candidate Nicko Janse van Vuuren defeated ANC candidate Akilantwanana Leshaba with 540 votes out of the 616 valid votes.

In Greater Taung in the North West, the ANC's Keamogetse Moipolai won with 1 021 votes of the 1 435 valid votes.

In Kgatelopele in the Northern Cape, ANC candidate Yvonne Kerneels won with 489 of the 958 valid votes.

In Ward 35 of Cape Town, ANC candidate Mzuzile Mpondwana won with 79% of the votes.

In Ward 43 of Cape Town, DA candidate Elton-Enrique Jansen secured 4 523 (80%) of the votes to win.

In Ward 9 of Saldanha Bay, ANC candidate Ikakanyeng Matthews Riet won 1 977 votes [84.2%] of the 2 347 valid votes.

The 10 wards were contested by 37 candidates, representing 13 political parties and four independent candidates.

Four of the previous councillors had died, three had resigned, and three were expelled by their parties.

Reaction

The ANC in the North West and Western Cape on Thursday said they were elated by the party's victory in six of the 10 wards contested in the municipal by-elections.

"The people of Taung have spoken through their ballot that the ANC is a revolutionary movement that represented their aspirations in the past, that represents their aspirations now, and represents their aspirations in future," said North West spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi.

"We want to thank all our people who reaffirmed their confidence in the ANC by ensuring that in their numbers they vote [for] the ANC."

The Western Cape ANC said it was on a winning streak.

"The ANC's winning trend continues to confirm that support for the ANC in the [Western Cape] is on the rise," it said in a statement.

"The party is able to consolidate its base areas in the Cape metro while winning back lost ground and in particular in rural areas."

 

- SAPA
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