ANC wins wards in by-elections

2016-11-16 06:00
Celebrating from left are RTT Convener Vuyani Limba, former Ward Cllr Nomajama Benya, incumbent Cllr Ayanda Tyokwana, RTT Coordinator Beza Ntshona, Walmer activist Zimisele Hempe and Branch Task Team member Luvuyo Mini.             Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

Celebrating from left are RTT Convener Vuyani Limba, former Ward Cllr Nomajama Benya, incumbent Cllr Ayanda Tyokwana, RTT Coordinator Beza Ntshona, Walmer activist Zimisele Hempe and Branch Task Team member Luvuyo Mini. Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

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NEW ANC Nelson Mandela Bay councillors Ayanda Tyokwana (Ward 4) and Dolly Buti (Ward 14) did not waste any time after being elected into office in the by-elections last Wednesday.

Tyokwana, who represents the Walmer Township constituency, and Buti, who represents New Brighton, had their hands dirty soon after they were elected.

Speaking to the media at Florence Matomela House, the ANC Regional Headquarters, Regional Task Team (RTT) Convener, Vuyani Limba, said winning the two wards was a mere formality as the ANC took back what initially belonged to them.

“Our people once again reaffirmed their confidence in the ANC by voting our movement into power in the two contested wards,” he said.

He added that this was a demonstration that the ANC remained rooted in its constituencies and it continued to sustain its base.

In thanking the voters who gave the ANC a 77.89% win in Ward 4 and 67.54% in Ward 14, Limba promised that they would serve their communities with diligence and zest.

He added, “We understand, as the ANC, that the best way to thank both voters and our volunteers is through fast-tracking service delivery.”

Limba said, as proof of that commitment, Buti could not make it to the media briefing owing to a meeting she was holding with residents in her ward.

Tokwana confirmed that he too had held a consultative meeting with stakeholders in his ward in the morning regarding “critical service delivery issues like the provision of electricity, water and sanitation.”

ANC RTT Coordinator Beza Ntshona conceded that the voter turnout in last week’s by-elections was low, owing to it not being a holiday – as it would normally be during elections.

“But we are happy with the numbers we received which made all six other parties share 1 000 from 5 488 votes in Walmer and about 1 171 of the 3 482 votes in New Brighton, with the ANC taking the lion’s share,” said Ntshona.
– NCEBA DLADLA

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