DA take ANC stronghold

2010-05-27 10:31

A key Gugulethu voting ward, where ANC supporters trashed a

Democratic Alliance (DA) meeting, has been won by the DA.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said that the DA had

polled 60.3% in Gugulethu-Heideveld, up from 26.2% in 2006. The ANC polled

37.7%, down from 53% in 2006.

The ANC has not won a ward in the Western Cape since the April 2009

national election.

DA leader Helen Zille said yesterday’s victory in Gugulethu and

another in Grabouw, where it polled 48.12%, up from 9.6% in 2006, were

“endorsements of (the) party’s performance in government”.

Zille said: “The DA has never won these wards since 1994. The

victories mean that since the 2009 national election, the DA has won eight seats

previously held by the ANC, and one previously held by Icosa (Independent Civic

Organisation of South Africa). The results demonstrate the extent to which the

DA is increasing support across all communities.”

Zille said the victory followed a campaign “marked by ANC

perpetrated political violence and intimidation”.

On Monday, ANC Youth League members destroyed newly erected toilet

enclosures in the Makhaza section of Khayelitsha and blamed the DA-run city for

treating the township dwellers with disrespect.

Around 50 families had used the toilets in full view of the public

since 2008. Later on Monday ANC members heckled Zille as she spoke at a meeting

in Gugulethu.

According to Zille, ANC members outside the NY111 Community Hall

began to “thump” against its prefabricated walls, sang liberation songs and set

a DA banner alight.

The police then fired rubber bullets at the group. Zille said the

ANC was going “all out” to prevent the party from governing and from winning

elections in traditional ANC strongholds.

“The campaign in this ward has unmasked the ANC’s intolerance for

democratic competition,” Zille said.


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