ANC retains wards in by-elections

2012-03-29 17:22

Johannesburg - The ANC retained its seats in 13 wards in which by-elections were held this week, the IEC said on Thursday.

The Inkatha Freedom Party held onto its seat in a 14th ward in KwaZulu-Natal, said Independent Electoral Commission spokesperson Kate Bapela. The by-elections were held on Wednesday.

In the Eastern Cape, the ANC retained Lady Frere, Mount Fletcher, Mount Ayliff, Mbizana, Ntanbankulu and three Nelson Mandela Bays wards.

The victory would inspire the party to continue to improve people's lives in the province, said ANC Eastern Cape spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyana.

"The victory in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro exhibits the rejection of those who call our people refugees in the land of their birth and the affirmation of the progressive programme of building better communities of the ANC led by President Jacob Zuma," he said.

"In other municipalities, we will continue to work more efficiently with our people, make sure that we respond to their needs and challenges by providing information and services needed to build better communities."

Qoboshiyana was referring to a comment last Tuesday by Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille on the social networking site Twitter that Eastern Cape pupils flocking to the Western Cape for a better education were "refugees".

The ANC retained the Mafube ward, in the Free State; a ward in Midvaal, in Gauteng; one in eThekwini, in Durban; in Makhado, in Limpopo; and Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape.

The IFP retained its ward in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal.

However, National Freedom Party secretary general Nhlanhla Khubisa accused the IFP of cheating.

"It should also be worth noting that it is victory for the NFP when considering that the IFP ferried people from the neighbouring wards and from other municipalities in order to ensure a win," he said.

IFP spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko said the NFP should lodge a formal complaint if it believed the IFP had cheated.

"I don't know if their agents agreed to the results, but if they didn't they should lodge a formal complaint instead of going to the media," he said.

  • Johana - 2012-03-29 17:24

    How many votes they lost in one year?

  • Nigel - 2012-03-29 18:29

    Bwaahaahahahahahah,"the ANC will continue to involve peoples lives in the EC"....OMG you are such lying hypocrites it is almost funny. HAHAHAHAHAHhoooohheeheeeeee! this is priceless.

      Mc - 2012-03-29 18:45

      Exactly, what are you saying?

      Grootrot - 2012-03-29 19:27

      Mc - in fact "lying hypocrites" is a repetition of the same concept in two words. A hypocrite is by definition a lier, well at least to himself or herself. I think what Nigel is saying that the EC Anc executive is lying and in that he is speaking the truth. Or they are hypocrites - which is also the truth. If the EC cared about its people it will start to jack up education and then it will see to it that the proposes changes on Traditional Courts are not implemented and they will ensure property rights to those who live on the property, but that they will not do as the uneducated poor of the EC is voting fodder for the ANC.

  • Mc - 2012-03-29 18:30

    These are just by-elections, nothing to shout about.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-29 18:45

    Wonder how many T-Shirts the Anc handed out. They are like sheep happily going along to the slaughter house.

      Mc - 2012-03-29 19:07

      The DA and other parties also hand out T-shirts it's called marketing.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-29 20:16

      Mc..You are right.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-29 18:47

    And guess what? Tomorrow all of the people who voted for the ANC will be protesting for services and houses!

      Irene - 2012-03-29 19:02

      Exactly and I get another chance to celebrate their poverty and ignorance.

      amananga - 2012-03-29 19:18

      Hence the provinces needs to be done away with

      Mark - 2012-03-29 19:54

      Amananga. I take it you didn't vote for Helen, then?

      Sale%c3%a9 - 2012-03-29 21:01

      Sharon, I think democracy does not imply "lack of protest". Democracy means the right to protest - even against your own chosen government.

      Thabang - 2012-03-29 21:05

      @Irene I seriously fail to see the logic of celebrating someone's struggling, I can understand if that person is your enemy but a stranger Please.

      Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-29 22:21

      How the hell do u celebrate people's poverty. R u even human. U r Satan impersonated. U r no different from Julius Malema right now

  • mastersvoice - 2012-03-29 19:07

    How pathetic can the EC ANC be? Claiming they will "continue" to work more efficiently in a province where people are starving? South Africa has little to look forward to if the ANC continue to win elections on the back of failed governance and service delivery!

      fred.booysen1 - 2012-03-29 19:27


  • siyadyosiba - 2012-03-29 19:40

    Eastern Cape is my home province. It is indeed in terrible and worst economic state. Having said this, I will still vote for ANC. Why? I'd rather try to change the party I know to do the right thing than placing my trust on Zille. NEVER.

      Mark - 2012-03-29 19:57

      Siyadyosiba. Dyed in the wool. The mad-dog up north likes citizens like you.

      Thabang - 2012-03-29 20:19

      @Rustic is very important that you come to terms with the fact that people do vote based on their different likes and believes, and that does not need your approval whether you like it or not. Voting is always the right thing to do, and when you have concerns you still need raise them without necessarily changing the party but you are still free to do so as you wish. Trust me some people will still vote FF+ and you don't have to be surprised, even though their failed march this morning was as a result of discrimination from the poor people. I mean how on earth do you need a car to protect, some of the people that would have joined the march vandag don't have cars

      Mark - 2012-03-29 20:31

      Thabang. It is plain you are correct here. I certainly take your point. It does not, however, make me any less frustrated that merit takes second place - even in the face of gross incompetence.

      Thabang - 2012-03-29 21:02

      @Rustic the problem is that when it comes to a matter of voting, you would not find formula or standard of measuring what is deemed good or not. I tell you want we all agree that the government is too corrupt for our liking, and that could your view or mine but for someone whose life changed for good in the under lets say ANC would not really entertain the fact of corruption because for him life is now enjoyable. Well some of us do have friends that are consider bad by others but would you expect a person to leave his friend just because his friend is not good for you, certainly not because it would be a futile effort. Let your friend exerience the bad side of his friend so he can make the decision all on his own. For me is a matter of those who has ears will hear for themselves, and those with eyes will be luck to see for themselves, we can try to convince but let us not be the judge.

      Sale%c3%a9 - 2012-03-29 21:04

      @Siyadyosiba - it is ok to not want to vote for Zille. This is your right. But you see, there are other parties. If a party knows that voters are married to it no matter what, why would they change? Unless of course, you truly believe they are doing the right thing, as you say. That too, is your prerogative, which we must respect.

      Mark - 2012-03-29 21:19

      I take heart from the fact that all political parties have voters who are not typical of any mindset, creed, class or race. That and the knowledge that it is a question of time before bad governance will fail.

      Thami - 2012-03-29 21:33

      I think the problem with SA is general incompetence not party related. The fact is people are still making emotional choices when it comes to their votes and that's not going to change any time soon. The sane people should rather demand certain level of competence/qualification to be met by each candidate rather that attacking a political party. Let's face it, the majority of people are voting ANC for 1 reason and 1 reason only "make sure DA, FF+, etc do not get back into power"

  • Blessed Ndlovu Maratuza - 2012-03-29 22:12

    Anc keeps winning not bcoz they r the best party. NO! But the other parties will keep losing for one reason; they dnt spend most of their time n resource convincing the electorate on their merits, but instead they r so obsessed with trying to show the world of how corrupt and incompetent anc is.

      Blessed Ndlovu Maratuza - 2012-03-29 22:17

      Personally i think DA does have some good policies n idea which could b good 4 this country, but they jus dnt knw how to reach out.

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