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ANC wins decisively in home province

2011-05-19 22:08

East London - The ANC won a decisive local government election victory in its heartland in the Eastern Cape on Thursday.

The party won 73.2% of the vote in the province, a victory that provincial leader Phumulo Masualle said was "decisive" and proof that communities across the province wanted to partner with the party to improve their conditions.

"It is clear that the people of this province have potent confidence in the policies and programmes of the ANC," he said after the announcement of the final preliminary results of the election at the Independent Electoral Commission's results centre in East London.

"They have made it clear that they are keen to work with the ANC in shaping up their lives."

The ANC won in municipalities across the province with resounding victories in Alfred Nzo, OR Tambo where it took 33 out of 35 wards, including Chris Hani, Joe Gqabi, Cacadu and Amathole, he said.

Earlier Masualle said the party was "ecstatic" about winning the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, where the Democratic Alliance and the Congress of the People had hoped to form a governing coalition.

"We are absolutely happy. We are ecstatic," Masualle said in East London shortly after it became apparent that the party had an unassailable lead in the metro.

"We are ready to run Nelson Mandela Bay again. We will continue to work with opposition parties to improve the lives of the poor in the metro."

Accountability

The preliminary results from the IEC show that the ANC won 51.91% of the vote in the metro, compared to the 40.12%t of the DA and 4.95% of the Congress of the People.

Masualle said the party would keep a close watch on newly elected councillors in the Eastern Cape and would be "tight" on accountability.

He said those in the ANC who had wasted their time taking the party to court over its candidate lists should rejoin the party and start working among communities again.

People who had chosen not to vote, such as those who "arranged soccer matches" and chased away people with voting ink on their fingers, had basically told those who were tortured and died in the struggle against apartheid they had "done it for nothing".

DA provincial leader Athol Trollip said he was thrilled at the party's performance in the province.

The party won just 14.68% of the vote, but had more than "doubled" and even quadrupled its support in municipalities across the province.

He said the DA had fared extremely well in the northern parts of Port Elizabeth, specifically in Uitenhage and Despatch.

"Our performance in those areas was historic and sets us up for an assault on the metro in the next election."

Inroads

The party had made inroads across the Eastern Cape, winning in numerous of its non-traditional areas, even picking up a seat in the ANC-dominated town of Flagstaff.

Trollip said the party's retention of Baviaans, the only municipality it controls in the Eastern Cape, was "heroic".

"Across the Eastern Cape we doubled and quadrupled our support, whether it was Grahamstown or Queenstown.

"The seat we won in Flagstaff was in the Transkei, which is a low-key area for the DA's growth and the fact that we have a councillor there augurs well for the future."

Trollip said smaller parties had kept the ANC in power in the Kouga municipality, which includes Jeffreys Bay, where the seats were split 15 to the ANC and 14 to opposition parties.

He predicted, though, that this would be the last election for smaller parties.

"This election will spell the end of smaller parties and it is now clear that the race in future will be between the ANC and DA with Cope in a distant third."

'Responsible' leaders

Before closing the results centre IEC provincial officer Bongani Finca said "responsible political leaders" helped avoid a bloodbath in the build up to the elections in the Eastern Cape.

"This election was not an easy one," he said.

"From the moment the proclamation was made, we knew is would be an election with difficulties. Lots of drama unfolded, there were high levels of tension and high levels of discontentment.

"We could have had a bloodbath in this province, but I have to thank the political leaders for the way they handled themselves in what was a fiercely contested election."

There were many who had "threatened" the election, he said.

"Many letters were sent to us where we were told not to deliver to places because the community - there were many purporting to represent their community - would burn the IEC facilities down.

"But through the commitment of the police we did not have a single voting station that did not open in this election.

"We were able to give people the right to do what we have struggled for and what many people died for," said Finca.

Comments
  • Uncle Spud - 2011-05-19 22:32

    Comment!!!! About what? That SA is dying. That corruption, incompetance and stupidity rules this country. Remember: Evil exist's because good men do NOTHING.

      Siya - 2011-05-20 08:29

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH PEOPLE OF THE EASTERN CAPE. ANC LIVES... ANC RULES...

      2002 - 2011-05-20 08:46

      You are the stupid one who refuses to accept the will of the masses, you can't hold R5 against people's heads and force them to vote for DA or NP, probably your "good people"'s parties. You are sic and you will rot old dreaming of the never-to-be gorvenship by your NP or DA.

  • edvermaak - 2011-05-19 22:41

    poor home province.

  • Anthony - 2011-05-19 22:55

    chang yi shame on you to be racist and think that spud is white.I pity your dogs because it sounds as though that is what you do to them,

      anned - 2011-05-19 23:08

      No Anthony, if the dogs are lucky because normally they eat the dogs. Anyway he must defend the ANC because without them he would not be in this country, their greed of stuffing themselves with Chinese money made his coming here possible.

  • mjn - 2011-05-19 22:58

    Chang - that's helpful. Can you deny the corruption rampant in the country. I demoralizes those who work hard - NO MATTER WHAT THEIR RACE! You are the racist methinks?

  • Rudi De Klerk - 2011-05-20 00:37

    All I can say I am just so excited for participating in my first municipal election. I am a youth of south Africa and proud to be one! DA thank you for contributing to a better South Africa. We are the future and we will make a difference. It doesn't matter whether you are White, Black, Coloured, Indian you name it; we are South Africans! We need to move on! Apartheid has come to pass. Majority of voting will not be race based in the future, it will be about who can serve their country. I encourage you all to still have hope for the future don't give up on SA! One day we will have a government that looks after their people and not their own bank accounts. I really hope the ANC will realize this and use their power for good as the cliché goes. Expel the corruption from within and relaunch it with the same ideals as back in 1990. But this might be wishful thinking. They have the loyalty of majority of the people and they are abusing it. It just saddens me to still see so much hate, injustice, intolerance & violence. You can't move forward if you keep looking at the past & using it as a scapegoat each and every time something goes wrong. As Mandela said: Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. I wonder what he is thinking right now, when he sees the ANC a mere shell of its former self...

      tryanything - 2011-05-20 06:25

      I am sure he is pretty dissappointed

  • Marcell - 2011-05-20 06:39

    Let the strikes begin. If you combine the Eastern Cape and Limpawpaw(Limpopo) you will have the highest level of uneducated masses in SA. No wonder the ancESTORS managed a 72% victory. I feel sorry for these people. The are in for a rude awakening once again.

      Siya - 2011-05-20 08:32

      wake up.... wake up... whether you like it or not ANC rules

      2002 - 2011-05-20 08:37

      I'm sure it was your grand-pa that refused the masses education, which gives you the guts to look down on the "uneducated masses" today,

      African'shtr - 2011-05-20 08:50

      true that and I'm starting to think they enjoy being poor, I'm also from the eastern cape in transkei( some will say former, but to me it is still transkei) and in a very small town under Mbashe municipality and poverty is our daily bread but still people believe that ANC will make a change while they know people who enjoy life are those who have big names

  • Luan - 2011-05-20 06:57

    ANC = strikes and racist blacks and coruption

      2002 - 2011-05-20 08:40

      The captain of the "Black-parl" will be docking soon, you can join them, and ask them to drop you near holland,

  • shakie - 2011-05-20 07:44

    Marcell - u are very wrong about Limpopo - if you do your research and survey, u will notice that Limpopo has the higherst number of graduate, and hey, not just graduate - but employed graduate.Do your homework before u liter the web. We voted for ANC in Limpopo because the ANC has delivered, yes, not enough - but better than any party.Tell me 1 thing that the DA has done for people of Limpopo. Just 1 thing - we et al,. have the competency and skilles which are utilized all over RSA - check within your company howm many people from Limpopo are working there - review their level of education.For the records, u hardly will find a men form Limpopo accross RSA not being engaged with legal activity - we all work and are generally educated with some runing RSA - do i need to mention that the HEAD OF ALL MC DONALD IS,..... do your home work - idiot.

      African'shtr - 2011-05-20 08:54

      true that shakie I'm working with a lady from there she's 26 years but this year, she was graduating for her MBA and also have a degree in industrial engineeering she's here in the eastern cape

  • shakie - 2011-05-20 07:49

    Apology for spelling errors - am passionate about Limpopo and hate to see people who dont even know where she is located talk kak about her (Limpopo). Ask yourself 1 question - the relationship between University of the North (Limpopo) and ANC.Go visit the University and see if it is not a replica of the ANC - and u ask me why we vote for ANC - ur just being an DOM.

  • BLACKFRUIT - 2011-05-20 08:11

    Amaaaaaaandla!

  • LilGhettoBoy - 2011-05-20 08:26

    I thought Free State was the home province of the ANC or were they not formed in Bloem, just wondering.

      African'shtr - 2011-05-20 08:56

      your thoughts were wrong, look at history you'll know most leaders in the ANC are all from transkei but I don't know they are not giving back to the people, but I do understand its a Xhosa nature thing

  • Claire - 2011-05-20 08:43

    We should not be surprised... once again the people have voted for empty promises. Good Luck hope you get service delivery as promised.

  • African'shtr - 2011-05-20 08:44

    I don't have a simphathy with the people of the eastern cape, they will die poor becauese thus what they enjoy the most let ANC continue to claim your votes and live another five years with poor service delivery, poor education and infrastructure

  • Sollash - 2011-05-20 08:48

    It is a pity that there are people in this blog who think thet are an authority as to declaring that all the people of the EC who have overwhemingly given the ANC their vote are either all stupid or ignorant.This reminds me when we were fighting apartheid,we had people who thought of our people they were they do,who openly said we were dreaming if we thought there will ever be a black government in SA.These are delluding themselves into thinking that between now and the next elections the ANC support will dwindle significantly whilst the support of the DA will steadily increase.Well they are entitled to dreams,wishful thinking as well dellusions.What they are no foreseeing is what we the people know is that once the vote commuters they got in this elction realise all that shines is not gloomy on the other side they will keep on moving like Johnny Walker.To the real congress of the people the ANC,the people have spoken,masiyosebenza maqabane sikhusele izwe lethu ngokukhawulezisa ukuzisa iinkonzo eluntwini,AMANDLA!!!!!!!!

      African'shtr - 2011-05-20 09:16

      sollash if you can do that I would also vote for you but you guys are corrupt look at K.S.D municipality those people are rich with the money that they were suppose to use it to the people but they buy them selves luxury cars, if you are up to date with what is happening there you'll know what i'm talking about

  • 2002 - 2011-05-20 08:50

    To all those who are bitter about ANC winning majority votes, its past time you started to eccept majority rule. Live with it or die dreaming because history won't repeat itself.

      DeonL - 2011-05-20 11:12

      Majority rules in Cape Town too.

  • masamune - 2011-05-20 09:06

    white people the anc will always win.Because of the past,yes the past.You might say it was long time ago,aparthieid is over.But alot of people are left with scars. Fact is the black people fear having a party with a white leadership to be in power,simple as that.just like a woman raped,that woman will always fear men.im always reading peoples comments on articles on different sites.the amount of racial comments in here is insane.so tell which black person would want to put a white person in power.him/her seeing these type of comments.coming from a government that oppressed them so much.aparthied affects this country even now,but the thing is the white people of this country take it lightly and think its the past and everyone should just move on.the thing is you cant understand someone elses pain until you've been through the same circumstances.Fact, white people are still benefiting from what happened in the past.if your farther comes and takes a business or property years ago,over the years that business/property will grow in value,property is even easier,so i dont understand when people deny that they actually benefitted from apartheid.Fear is whats making most people vote for the ANC,even if its rubbish,your racist comments here are not helping.

      Rudi De Klerk - 2011-05-20 09:55

      I agree with some off your statements. I have seen many disturbing comments on News 24 most of them removed. The fact is you will always get the radicals they are on both either sides. Look at the farm murders... it’s just another form of hate & revenge we will get you back boer. Mandela told us to forgive but don’t forget the evil what apartheid was. If he could get over it so should we. It wasn’t only Black people as you would say that fought in the struggle White people fought for your rights too. Did you forget FW de Klerk… Why is there always you white people & you black people. Seems like we living back in those days of apartheid. All I wish for is that the ruling party doesn’t abuse their power and get away with things. Please don't forget this is a democracy. Voting DA isn't voting for apartheid we can & will never go back to apartheid... I just wish everyone voted for SA's future. I will use a simple example why I voted DA in my district. There was a water pipe burst in our probably 100 cubic litres being wasted per minute. Our municipality took three days to even come out to try fix it and guess what, not a couple hours since it was fixed it started leaking again. We have a water crisis in SA and not even basic services like this can be done properly. If the ANC were more competent than the DA of course I would vote ANC. But at the moment they aren’t even capable of running themselves properly.

      masamune - 2011-05-20 12:16

      as long as the majority of the wealth of this country is with our fellow white african,we will never be united.share the wealth then youl see a change.thats the reason why black people are so greedy,its cause we didint grow up around money.Thats why anc is the way it is,pure greed.

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