DA 'not only strong in white areas'

2014-05-29 15:59
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Johannesburg - The DA's victory in Pretoria during by-elections on Wednesday shows it is not only strong in white areas, the party's Gauteng North region said on Thursday.

"The two by-elections show the strong growth that the DA is experiencing and goes to dispel the myth that the party is only strong in so-called white areas, said chairperson Solly Msimanga.

He said a massive growth was recorded in ward 27, Soshanguve.

"The Democratic Alliance went from four to 40% of the vote. This demonstrates the party's broad diversity and growth across the political spectrum."

He said in ward 58, the party won with 62% which was a 10% increase from the 2011 elections.

Six by-elections

Twenty candidates representing nine political parties contested by-elections in six wards in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, and the Western Cape.

Ward 58 in the Tshwane metro was previously represented by the DA and became vacant when the councillor resigned. The party's Elma Johanna Nel would be the new councillor.

In Limpopo, the DA's Sybil Maud Nieuwoudt won ward four in the Lephalale [Ellisras] municipality.

The ward became vacant as a result of the death of a DA councillor.

In the Western Cape, ward 25 in the City of Cape Town was won by the DA's Beverly van Reenen.

The ward became vacant as a result of the resignation of a party councillor.

Ward six in Matzikama [Vredendal] municipality was won by the DA's Beaula Brunildah Julies. It became vacant as a result of the death of a councillor.

ANC welcomes results

Meanwhile, the African National Congress welcomed the municipal by-election results in four provinces.

"We want to thank our people for this show of confidence, particularly in the aftermath of the general elections," ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

The ANC committed itself to serve the people with diligence and accountability.

"The ANC has retained its wards, both in Tshwane and KwaZulu-Natal," he said.

The ANC retained ward 27 in Tshwane, which became vacant as a result of the imprisonment of the councillor. Mokgadi Maria Rallele is the new councillor.

In KwaZulu-Natal, ward two in Umvoti [Greytown] municipality will have the ANC's Lunga Obert Mdlalose as its new councillor. The ward became vacant when the previous councillor resigned.


- SAPA
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