Trollip: DA will do well in Eastern Cape

2013-11-28 14:38
Athol Trollip (File, Die Burger)

Athol Trollip (File, Die Burger)

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Cape Town - The DA is set to do well in the Eastern Cape in next year's general election, provincial leader Athol Trollip said on Thursday.

Support for the Democratic Alliance was growing in the region, he said in a statement following the Independent Electoral Commission's release of by-election results for four wards in the region.

By-elections were held in wards five and nine in Kouga (Humansdorp) municipality, Ward two in Mnquma (Butterworth) municipality, and Ward 13 in Nkonkobe (Alice) municipality on Wednesday.

The DA retained Ward five in Kouga, while the ANC kept control of the rest.

Trollip said the DA had shown "stunning growth" in Kouga's Ward nine.

"We grew from 33% of the vote [in the 2011 local government election] to 44% of the vote, in the face of desperate intimidation by the ANC."

The DA candidate in Ward nine had obtained 44% of the vote.

"In ward two in Mnquma the result was particularly exciting, where we grew from 8.7% of the vote to 21%," he said.

Such growth showed the DA was on track to do well in the 2014 elections in the Eastern Cape, Trollip said.
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