People continue to have faith in us - KZN ANC

2015-04-02 12:34

Johannesburg - The fact that the ANC had retained three wards in this week's KwaZulu-Natal by-elections showed that people continued to have faith in the party, ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said on Thursday.

"Opposition parties contesting the by-elections with the ANC were all reduced to nothing as people decided to continue putting in power the organisation that has always been at the forefront in changing their lives for the better," he said.

Zikalala said the victory came as no surprise.

The ANC retained Ward 2 in the Richmond municipality. The party's candidate Welcome Thamsanqa Tshelembe stood uncontested.

The ward was previously represented by the governing party, but became vacant when the councillor resigned.

Ward Six in the Richmond municipality was contested by the ANC and the Inkatha Freedom Party.

The ANC retained the ward, with 83.35% of the vote for its candidate Jethro Jili. A by-election was held in the ward after the previous ANC councillor resigned.

The ruling party also retained Ward 10 in the Imbabazane municipality (Loskop) with 54.21% of the vote for its candidate Lungisane Derrick Mnculwane.

"Our interaction with the people before the elections showed us that everyone is satisfied with the level of zest we have in our efforts to bring about change in our communities,"Zikalala said.

"In the wards that we have won, we will continue to champion development and focus on making sure that all the basic services are delivered to the people."

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