DA over the moon after winning majority of by-elections in KZN

2014-07-04 00:00

THE DA in KwaZulu-Natal emerged as the biggest winner in Wednesday’s by-elections when it won five of the seven that were contested in the province.

The party won the two hotly-contested wards that were previously ­controlled by the Minority Front, in Phoenix and Chatsworth.

It also retained three wards in Durban North’s Ward 36, eThekwini’s Ward 18 and KwaDukuza Municipality’s ward 22, which incorporates Ballito.

The ANC and the IFP each won the wards that were contested in eNdumeni and Hlabisa municipalities respectively.

The DA said yesterday the victory showed that it was the party of choice among residents.

“These results are indicative of a countrywide trend that shows that more and more people realise that the DA is the best party to govern,” DA provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu said.

“We wish to express our heartfelt ­appreciation to all those who came out in their numbers to support the DA yesterday and we will work tirelessly to ­ensure that we represent them as best as we can,” he added.

The IFP welcomed its retention of Ward 6 in Hlabisa Municipality.

Provincial secretary Velenkosini Hlabisa thanked IFP members and the public for voting for them on Wednesday.

“We are very humbled by your trust and we will continue to work and ensure service delivery in Hlabisa,” he said, adding the people voted for the IFP because they believed that the country deserved a good leadership. “This country needs active citizens [who are] willing to participate in civil society by voting with good conscience,” Hlabisa said.

He added the by-election result showed that the party was on its way to make up for lost ground ahead of 2016 municipal election.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the win in eNdumeni Municipality was a vote of confidence in the ruling party.

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