ANC celebrates victory in Tlokwe

2013-08-08 07:15
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Potchefstroom - The African National Congress on Thursday thanked supporters after it took the lead in the closely contested Tlokwe's ward nine by-elections.

“The people of Tlokwe have proved they still have confidence in the ANC,“ said Social Development Minister and national executive committee deployee to the province Bathabile Dlamini.

"We [are] at the beginning of our journey and it's going to be a long one."

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced the preliminary results following the by-election on Wednesday.

Preliminary results

Provincial electoral officer Tumelontle Thiba said the ANC received 551 votes and independent candidate Khotso Ratikoane received 447 votes.

The Democratic Alliance secured 110 votes, the Congress of the People four votes and the African People's Convention eight votes.

These were preliminary results which still needed to be verified.

Speaking at a victory party in the ward, Dlamini said the ANC should not take things for granted as the results were a close call.

The real work would start "now" as the party headed into the September by-elections, when nine wards were to be contested.

"The people who voted for those vultures [the independent candidate] will see that they are not real ANC members."

Dlamini claimed that independent candidate Khotso Ratikoane had misrepresented himself to voters calling himself an ANC independent candidate.

"People have seen that they don't represent the ANC and people will identify that there is a difference between people being independent candidates and party representatives," she said.

‘Results show DA is growing’

Meanwhile, the DA claimed that the by-elections results showed that support for the party was growing across South Africa.

"As more results continue to come in, it is clear today has been a victory for the DA," Democratic Alliance spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

"We are growing, attracting new voters and breaking new ground...The results show that the DA is growing in communities across the country, from the Chief Albert Luthuli municipality in rural Mpumalanga to Pomfret in the North West province."

Tlokwe is at present being run by a DA mayor after councillors voted to unseat the ANC mayor. This follows a lengthy saga that took a turn in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

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