ANC loses Mahikeng ward

By Drum Digital
08 August 2013

The ANC has lost Ward Four in the Mahikeng by-elections to an independent candidate, its North West branch said on Thursday morning. "We note the setback suffered in Ward 4 in Mahikeng...," said ANC provincial spokesman Kenny Morolong in a statement. "The ANC shall in the aftermath of this outcome engage the residents of this ward to reflect on this development and assure them of an unending ANC support." The party released the preliminary by-election results of other wards in the province, saying it was in the lead. The African National Congress secured 735 votes in Tlokwe's Ward Nine, 1304 votes in Rustenburg's Ward 19, 760 votes in Ward 14 of the Ramotshere Moiloa area, and 528 votes in Ward 12 of the same area. In Ward 12 of Mahikeng, the ANC took 492 votes. The party secured 578 votes in Ward 20 of Ditsobotla, 843 in Kagisano Molopo Ward Four, and 685 votes in Ratlou Ward 14. Morolong said the party was "elated and humbled" by the figures.

"Our victory is a demonstration that the ANC remains rooted on the ground and that its strength resides in its mass base," he said.

He said the people of the North West had spoken through their votes.

"Indeed, the ANC remains the undisputed property of the people of South Africa and the outcomes of these by-elections are a testament of this unquestionable reality."

-by Sapa

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