People did this for Baatjies - DA leader on retaining Northern Cape ward

2016-11-10 20:12


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Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance has retained Ward 2 in Kgatelopele, in the Northern Cape, after it was left vacant by the murder of one of its councillors, Johannes Baatjies.

Provincial DA leader Andrew Louw said on Thursday that the race had been tough and emotional, but people had come out in their numbers to vote.

"You could feel and see this in the community. People were doing this in memory of Baatjies."

The DA obtained 72% of the vote in Wednesday’s by-election. Its candidate, Ebrahim Mohammed Sulliman, received 960 votes, while African National Congress candidate Rodney Lessing got 358 votes.

Louw said they would make sure residents received services for all the rates and taxes they paid.

Baatjies, 49, was shot in the head and upper body on the eve of being sworn in as a Kgatelopele municipality councillor, following the August 3 local government elections.

Politically motivated

READ: Five men to appear for the murder of DA councillor Johannes Baatjies

He was found dead on the main road between Danielskuil and Postmasburg on August 17. His business partner Shuping Nosi, who was also shot, died in hospital.

His death left the municipality of the small council hung.

The ANC had three seats, while a coalition between the DA and the Kgatelopele Community Forum had four.

Louw said the coalition remained in place after the by-election.

"We have got a very good co-operation with the coalition. It is people who share our values, understand what is needed in the new democracy and people who have zero tolerance for corruption and theft."

While the Hawks distanced itself from media reports implying that the ANC in Upington plotted and planned his murder, Louw maintained it was politically motivated.

Six men charged with the murders were recently denied bail in the Postmasburg Magistrate’s Court.

They are Zonisele Magawu, 29, Charles Thompson Mpondomisa, 39, Matthews Legodu, 49, Richard Hasana, 33, Paullis Mvuleni, 50, and Tsame Baxane, 31.

They will remain in custody until November 29, while investigations continued.

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