So far so good for ANC, growth for DA

2016-08-05 10:06
The ANC and DA dominated the votes in Msunduzi.

The ANC and DA dominated the votes in Msunduzi. (Jonathan Burton)

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Both leading mayoral candidates for Msunduzi said on Thursday they were pleased with the results released so far, with ANC and DA dominating the city.

By late Thursday afternoon, less than half the results for the city had been released, causing concern for some political parties.

DA mayoral candidate Mergan Chetty said he was “rather concerned and worried” at the delay of the results.

Speaking from the IEC central office at the Durban International Convention Centre, Chetty said he was “anxious”.

“This is when we become restless,” Chetty said.

However, ANC mayoral candidate Themba Njilo seemed calm, saying, “So far so good”.

Locked in a meeting with members of the ANC region, Njilo said the results released so far on Thursday were positive for the ANC.

He said he was pleased with the news coming in and was ready to be mayor. “We have worked hard and we are seeing the benefits of our hard work. I am here to do whatever I can for the residents of Msunduzi,” Njilo said.

As the results slowly came in, the ANC received news that they had snatched part of the city centre away from the DA.

Although the ANC led the pack across the board, Chetty said history was made with the DA retaining all wards in the Northern suburbs.

Northdale, Raisethorpe, Orient Heights, Belfort and surrounding areas in wards 28, 30 and 31 were retained by the DA.

“This is the first time in history that any political party has retained the Northern areas in two consecutive years. Since 1994 it was always a swing between ANC and DA,” Chetty said.

The DA also managed to bag Woodlands in Ward 32 for the first time. It was previously held by the ANC.

“We are humbled by the vote of confidence from the electorate as it is now becoming evident they will no longer be fooled by failed promises. They now demand better service delivery, sustainable jobs and a corrupt-free government …” Chetty said.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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