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Neck-and-neck fight for Mandela Bay

2011-05-18 11:19

Port Elizabeth - Voting was running smoothly throughout the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality on Wednesday morning in what is expected to be a "neck-and-neck" fight for the metro.

Lines of voters started forming in townships around the metro well before the opening of the polls at 07:00.

Noeleen van Wyk, 52, of Bethelsdorp, said she and her husband woke up at 04:00 to pray for a Democratic Alliance (DA) victory in the metro.

"Four o'clock is the best time to pray, because everyone else is asleep and it's quiet," she said after casting her ballot at a voting station in Bethelsdorp.

"We prayed hard for a DA victory.

'DA can make a difference'

"I have six kids and only my husband works in construction. Life is very difficult, but the DA can make a difference.

"We know Helen [DA leader Helen Zille] will deliver for us."

At the Eastern Province Athletics Stadium in the Port Elizabeth town centre, a long queue of voters had formed by 08:00.

Vendors at the front were preparing boerewors rolls and hamburgers for hungry voters.

"I'm not telling who I am voting for, but what I will say is that I'm voting against corruption and I'm voting for decent service," said one man, who did not want to be named.

"You can figure out for yourself which party that is," he said as voters in behind him mumbled in agreement.

Zille, who is expected to visit Nelson Mandela Bay on Wednesday, believes the DA - which received 24.39% of the overall support in Nelson Mandela Bay in the 2006 local government election - can win the metro.

"I have been here five times and there is a chance we can win it if our supporters come out and vote," Zille said after speaking to her supporters in the Stamati Valley area outside Port Elizabeth on Tuesday afternoon.

ANC support sliped

"It is neck-and-neck in Mandela Bay. It will all boil down to who comes out and votes."

The ANC received 66.53%of the votes in the 2006 municipal elections, but saw its support slip to 49.6% in the 2009 general election.

This came after the launch of the Congress of the People (Cope), which received 17.02% of the votes in the national poll.

Surveys suggest that Cope could fare poorly in the election after being split by leadership squabbles.

"Given our positive service delivery record in this and many other municipalities, we call on the people the Eastern Cape, especially the Nelson Mandela Bay metro to ignore these organisations that have no interest in working with them to create better communities," the ANC's spokesperson in the Eastern Cape Mlibo Qoboshiyane said recently.

No major glitches


Eastern Cape electoral officer Bongani Finca said voting stations were running smoothly across the province on Wednesday morning.

"We are off to a smooth start throughout the Eastern Cape," he said.

"There have been no major glitches. We are going well."

Eastern Cape police spokesperson Warrant Officer Michelle Raats said there had been no major incidents in the province.

"It is all very quiet," she said. "There is nothing to report."

Comments
  • Redwine - 2011-05-18 11:42

    Root rot is a beautiful thing. You can prune the top and it will only grow stronger but you erode the roots away it quickly dies. The DA has got the game plan nicely sorted. Soon the tree will fall.

  • REVO - 2011-05-18 11:43

    Well done guys...keep it up!!

  • Daniel123 - 2011-05-18 11:57

    "Given our positive service delivery record in this and many other municipalities, we call on the people the Eastern Cape, especially the Nelson Mandela Bay metro to ignore these organisations that have no interest in working with them to create better communities," the ANC's spokesperson in the Eastern Cape Mlibo Qoboshiyane said recently. Name one please.

  • JustinX - 2011-05-18 12:08

    Go DA!!! No more Afro-Nazi administration!!

      1SAIBn88 - 2011-05-18 12:35

      You mean Neo-African administration

  • zumasaunty - 2011-05-18 12:11

    lets pray the people of Mandela Bay wake up to the ANC......they have perfected the (A)RT OF (N)ATIONAL (C)ORRUPTION. GO PEOPLE........VOTE DA!!!!!

  • Wayne - 2011-05-18 12:15

    The name must be changed to Freedom Bay when the DA wins.

      Redwine - 2011-05-18 13:34

      Nothing wrong with Mandela it is iconic enought

      ilollipop - 2011-05-18 15:06

      Oh no. They must keep the name. If the DA wins here it will be the greatest embarassment for the ANC. Madiba's Municipality. Ouch!

      BlendedFrog - 2011-05-18 15:49

      @ilollipop - it'd be worse than a kick in the nadgers with a size ten boot! Heart of the Eastern Cape, home of the ANC - JZ's mojo might shrivel enough to constrain the growth of the Zuma dynasty! For sure someone's eyes would be watering.

      Wayne - 2011-05-18 16:01

      Mandela Square must also go back to Sandton Square...

  • Fry - 2011-05-18 15:45

    Viva DA!!!

  • Bulelani - 2011-05-18 16:01

    You are dreaming da will not win here . They can rule ekapa not ebayi

      Nobody - 2011-05-18 16:38

      I am OK. I live in a peaceful neighbourhood. I have running water and electricity. I vote so that my brothers and sisters who have been living without these basics can have a better life. The current government could not provide it for them. It is time for a change in Nelson Mandela Bay.

  • Soco28 - 2011-05-18 16:09

    Im tired of the lies and the corruption,DA please take this city.How can you call youreself educated and still vote for a party thats corrupt and spreads lies?Zuma pretends to now care for the poor....What about the rest of the year????Has anyone ever seen malema at an orphanage, helping parentless kids?ive seen him driving around in a fancy car full of bodyguards...ANC=corruption and racism,even the blind can see it!

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