ANC blames IEC for Grabouw loss

2012-04-26 19:48

Cape Town - The reclaiming of the tightly-contested Grabouw ward by the DA should be taken "with a pinch of salt", the ANC in the Western Cape said on Thursday.

"We'll take [the win in] ward 11 with a pinch of salt because the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has failed us," secretary Songezo Mjongile claimed.

They had objected to the names of 800 voters on the roll who lived in ward 13, and not ward 11.

"And still, the IEC refused to remove them from the voter's roll."

IEC provincial head Courtney Simpson said before the local elections last year, the area's boundaries were changed by the Municipal Demarcation Board and a group of people found themselves in a new ward.

"The IEC went around to people to register them in the ward where their area was now located but, for some reason, they were still on the voter's roll for ward 11."

He said the ANC followed proper procedures in objecting to the names and were required, by law, to inform each person that they had objections to their name being on the list.

The national IEC office then investigated the objections before handing down a decision, which could not be appealed.

A national IEC spokesperson could not immediately be reached to confirm how many objections were received, or what the outcome of the investigation was.

Mjongile said they were told they would need to get each person to sign a letter of objection, but said "this should have been the job of the IEC".

The IEC said DA candidate Martin Matthews got 1 336 votes, over ANC candidate Cathy Booysen-Nefdt's 1 233 during Wednesday's by-election.

Fought a good fight

A total of 2 590 validated votes were registered for the ward, which falls under the Theewaterskloof municipality. The ward seat opened up when Booysen-Nefdt left the DA to join the ANC in February, accusing the DA caucus of racism.

Violence broke out in Grabouw last month when residents protested against overcrowding at the Umyezo Wama Apile school, largely attended by black pupils.

Three classrooms were vandalised at Groenberg Secondary, creating a divide between coloured and black residents.

DA leader Helen Zille accused the ANC of attempting to "destabilise politics in the Western Cape and subvert the will of the voters" under its so-called "Operation Reclaim". This was apparently the ruling party's name for its attempt to win control of the province from the DA.

"Voters in Grabouw saw through the ANC's shameful hate-mongering, and returned the DA to office in ward 11, endorsing the work that the DA government is doing in Theewaterskloof," she said.

Mjongile maintained the operation was nothing but a figment of the DA's imagination.

The DA also retained a seat in ward 45 on Wednesday, which included Tambo village and parts of Gugulethu and Manenberg. The seat became vacant after DA councillor Faiza Adams died.

Defence minister and ANC national executive committee member Lindiwe Sisulu addressed a crowd at the Gugulethu sports complex last week in a bid by the party to secure more votes.

DA candidate Siyabulela Mamkeli however won, getting 3 590 votes over ANC candidate Cecilia Nontuthuzelo Dlongodlongo's 2 191.

"It is quite a sad situation. We fought a good fight," Mjongile said.

  • Burtfred - 2012-04-26 20:18

    Are people in the Western Cape smarter than those in other provinces? Is it in the water, the air, the sunlight, the southeaster? Or is it because smart people move to a province not governed by the corrupt, entitled, racist ANC cadres? Coming from Gauteng, visiting the Western Cape is like visiting another country; things work, there are no potholes, civil servants answer their phones and have a brain between their ears. Some day in the future, when our country has risen from the ruins that the ANC are hellbent in creating, we will have an honest and servile government that is not only involved in politics for how much they can steal, but do what the people require of them.

      Hans Heydra - 2012-04-26 20:42

      Must be that they are educating their refugees...

      siphamandla.mnyani - 2012-04-26 20:50

      Slowly DA will get votes in other provinces. people re fed up of empty promises. We need change.

      Nico - 2012-04-26 21:13

      Yes, they are smarter (and prettier) :-)

      Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-27 01:05

      Yes we are! We refuse to have the ANC ruin the mother city like they did the rest of the country!

  • liso.silwana - 2012-04-26 20:47

    do they anc, blame IEC for not favouring them?

      Judith - 2012-04-26 20:56

      Seems like it. The IEC is a solid and honest body

  • frits.aab - 2012-04-26 21:12

    Here is a comparison between the 2009 election and the bielection results. The Grabouw result IS comparable as the same people were on the voters role. The ANC waned to move them after the 2009 election. Port Alfred: DA from 11.71% to 15,34% Cape Town Ward: DA from 46.17% to 59.36% (Biggest gain in Gugs from 1.2% to 16%) Kirkwood EC: DA from 41.06% to 52,15% Johannesburg Ward Diepkloof: DA from 8.23% to 16,77% Grabouw: DA from 49.08% to 51,59% So DA at last is getting more ANC votes

      Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-27 01:07

      People are finally seeing the light I guess!

  • Sharon - 2012-04-26 21:15

    Is that what sour grapes sounds like?

  • Vincent - 2012-04-26 21:39

    ANC.taste the expusion of Malema,more is still coming..i wonder where my vote is going?

  • dave.prinsloo - 2012-04-27 03:24

    nice one cathy! Feeling proud now for turning your back on the DA when you thought it's better to be ANC, what with all the REFUGEES from ECape? Lol. Imbecile

  • sesom - 2012-04-27 08:05

    Go DA go!!!!Soon , the whole of SA will be DA... YEA !!!!

  • Glyn - 2012-04-27 08:24

    Viva DA! Vote DA to give the anc a fright!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-27 08:28

    We go to great trouble and expense to bring a lot of people to the Western Cape. We want to take over this place. We told you, it will be worth your while to help us, but what do you do? You actually didn't follow our orders at all! Heads will roll. We will sort you out before the next general election. You have been warned.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-27 09:16

    Waaaahahaha anc your own institution has failed you and so has time.

  • Phillys - 2012-04-27 10:58

    no wonder the ANC lost!!! They let the air-head Sisulu stand up and speak to the people!!! Not exactly the best way to garner votes!! This bint is not exactly flush with grey-matter.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-27 13:24

    Let's hope the ANC's plan to destroy any hope of racial tolerance in this country fails, it is not good for any of us.

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-28 12:46

    The blame game the ANC plays all the time is becoming boring. They lost in Grabouw and that's that. Instead of asking themselves why they failed to win, they blame others. Typical losers mentality.

  • Mark - 2012-04-28 13:06

    It has only 'failed' you because it did not hand you a victory on a silver platter, you disgusting socialist pigs. Like Desmond Tutu and countless others crushed beneath the jack-boot of the ANC, once their usefulness to that parasitic organisation has been exhausted, the IEC will find itself under constant attack and criticism.

      Mark - 2012-04-28 13:09

      .. once the ANC starts losing.

  • SA - 2012-04-29 15:11

    sounds like sour grapes - ANC should take notice as the people of South Africa are growing restless again. personally i dont care who is running our great country as long as they are acting in the best interest of all south africas people.

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