DA celebrates winning 4th ward from ANC

2012-02-16 15:38

Durban - The DA was celebrating on Thursday after winning a fourth ward from the ANC since last year’s local government elections.

"The victory in ward 20, Polokwane, is significant," Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille's spokesperson Pierre-Charl du Preez said.

"The DA's share of the vote in this ward grew from 31.19% in 2009, to 41.07% in 2011 and to 62.87% in yesterday's [Wednesday's] election."

The ANC won five of seven by-elections held in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, the Free State and Limpopo on Wednesday. The other ward it lost was to the Inkatha Freedom Party in Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal.

Du Preez said the DA had shown "significant gains in support" in wards 28 and 80 in Tshwane, losing the previously "safe" ANC seat in ward 80 by just nine votes.

While the DA received 27.67% of the vote in the ward during last year’s elections, it got 48.76% in the by-election on Wednesday, he said.

‘Sweet victory’ for IFP

Inkatha Freedom Party spokesperson Sbu Nkwanyana said the seat it retained in Ulundi had been strongly contested by both the ANC and the National Freedom Party.

The seat became a vacant ward when IFP councillor Muzi Ndwandwe died under mysterious circumstances. He disappeared one night and his body was found near a dam, with some of his body parts missing.

Nkwanyana said the election results showed the IFP, with its limited resources, could defeat the "ANC and the NFP combined".

The NFP and ANC formed coalitions in nearly 20 municipalities where there was no outright majority after the last local government elections.

"It certainly is a sweet victory considering all the resources and time that both the NFP and the ANC invested in this ward," said Nkwanyana.

The new councillor was Sindisiwe Khumalo, he said.

  • Jason - 2012-02-16 15:47

    Well done DA, baby steps................the wheel turns slowly, but it does turn!

      procold2 - 2012-02-16 16:02

      Would like it to turn a bit faster

      Jou - 2012-02-16 17:38

      As we head into 2013 the wheel should be turning very very fast.

      Lelo - 2012-02-16 18:35

      Finally...can it please turn this side too?

  • Gerhard - 2012-02-16 16:00

    Slowly but surely, the house of cards that is the ANC is starting to fall. It's a matter of time. The ANC was wrong in assuming that their voters are so ignorant that they will keep voting for them no matter what. And to win in a ward in Polokwane is a massive psychological blow. First the IFP in Ulundi, and now this.

      Lelo - 2012-02-16 18:38

      Can it come sooner please!

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-16 18:58

      Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.. King Richard III

  • Sharon - 2012-02-16 16:12

    I will be most happy when this trend continues!! Well done!

  • Glyn - 2012-02-16 16:15

    Well done DA! Well done IFP! The anc is on the way downhill. Give the anc a fright, vote for the opposition. Viva DA! Viva IFP! The anc are PROVEN FAILURES, do not vote for FAILURES! They fail with YOUR MONEY!

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-02-16 16:30

      I would honestly prefer the IFP to the ANC dude

      Lelo - 2012-02-16 18:40

      No Glyn...NOT well done to the IFP...they are just a useless!I've lived in an area that under IFP...and I swear they suck!

  • flysouth - 2012-02-16 16:25

    Good news DA! - keep on pecking away at the rotten stinking corpse that is the ANC and eventually it will be gone from this earth!

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-02-16 16:29

    Peace and change will come once the DA steps in place of this cANCer. the anc is by far the worst culprit of all this corruption >:(

  • Charles - 2012-02-16 16:39

    Well done DA

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-16 16:55

    Congratulations to the IFP and DA. Keep up the good work.

  • John - 2012-02-16 17:06

    Btw.... people should not be ashamed of supporting more than one opposition party. If (and when) the combined number of seats in parliament are held by these parties they will be able to form a coalition government if they outnumber ANC seats in the (near) future. So well done IFP and DA...and good luck to other opp. parties that share similar ideologies.

      Sharon - 2012-02-16 17:10

      The enemy of my enemy is my friend :-)

  • berni.venter - 2012-02-16 17:12

    Right, the DA and IFP are doing there bit to fight for a better country for all... Now put your money were your mouths are citizens - MAKE SURE YOU ARE ON THE VOTERS ROLL FOR THE 2014 ELECTIONS AND GO VOTE!!!

  • - 2012-02-16 17:17

    thank GOD for that one of these days we will sleep safe at night knowing that there is a brighter future with no corrupt ANC

  • - 2012-02-16 17:18

    ja that ward is bankrupt ha ha

  • Mzwandile - 2012-02-16 17:42

    You will wait until Jesus come, I hope you will all be alive then. If you can't bit then join them. Viva ANC

      Mike - 2012-02-16 18:25

      Hold a placard up in front of you. It should read: " I cannot think for myself, for some unknown reason I am afraid of white people and I think stealing whenever one has the opportunity is rather cool"

      Arvin - 2012-02-16 18:26

      We bit them and wont join them. We will bit (beat) them at a faster pace in time.

      ashwin.lallo - 2012-02-16 18:42

      Thank u comrde for standing up against these idiots with their wishful thinking.Never again will this country be run by these opressors.

      Lelo - 2012-02-16 18:52

      Ja Mzwa Viva ANCorruption over my dead body!

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-16 19:16

      @ Mzwandile.. He already came but when he saw al the corruption, thieving, your- and your kind of absolute stupidity, he decided to emmigrate. Wake up and get back to your job.. the toilet is still dirty!

      Lauren - 2012-02-16 19:54

      Oi, Ashwin! Hon, it's not about "ruling", it's about governing. If the DA was not there, we'd have a one party state and that's a bad thing for you and me. Relax and be happy that somebody is watching the gate keepers.

  • Brainbow Gold - 2012-02-16 18:31

    Higher moral ground?

  • ashwin.lallo - 2012-02-16 18:48

    Just hope the economic emancipation of the african peole will happen fast.

      Tasmee - 2012-02-16 20:50

      @ ashwin.....and the dissemination of the economy even faster unless you mean international standards of education which in turn churns out educated and competent graduates, then yes that should be emancipation of all our young South Africans, including White, Coloured Indian

      Ishmael Adams - 2012-02-19 20:05

      I fInd it insulting, irresponsible and stupid if I have to say it mildly, that there are still people in this country, who still use race as a measuring tool for successful change. SA is a constitutionally non racist country and people went to jail while some have förd, for believing in the ideal of a free society. For any so called African to still believe that they are victims in this country, wake up from your mental slavery dream and look in the mirror and there you will are the oppressor. It has been over fifteen years since the change, not only of government but legislature too. Maybe we need laws against idle minds and cry babies. Some people are working hard for the benefit of South Africa, so start loving yourself and become HUMAN you Will enjoy the fruits of BEING.

  • Lauren - 2012-02-16 20:08

    I see there is a lot of commenting about the ANC ruling until Jesus comes. Guys, this is a democracy. It means that you pay the incumbent party to carry out your wishes and if they do not do that, you sack them. I also see a lot of derogatory comments from people labelling others as "untamed masses" and what not. Way to go guys. Like that's going to help. You are being hurtful, mean and unnecessary. If that sounds like a retort on a school field, it's because that's how I see you behaving. Abide by the majority rule, and accept that it's a necessary GOOD to have opposition. Without it, the incumbent will colour all over the lines. Rage against the theft, but do not insult the proletariat and also do not shoot yourself in the foot by wishing away the opposition. Without them, you are truly SCREWED!!!

  • Garth - 2012-02-17 07:46

    `The seat became a vacant ward when IFP councillor Muzi Ndwandwe died under mysterious circumstances. He disappeared one night and his body was found near a dam, with some of his body parts missing.' He died under mysterious circumstances? He was murdered and cut up you stupid porkswords! Anyway well done IFP for regaining the Zulu capital and: All the Way DA!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-17 09:31

    Well done...we look to the be an effective opposition.. show the anc how to run a province correctly..we understand it might take some time to correct all the messups.. but we know the DA can do it. this is not about COLOUR..THIS IS CARING ABOUT ALL OUR FUTURES.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-17 09:36

    I don't care what colour you are.. when you can not feed your family..and promises made years ago have not been forfilled, the masses will do what's right in the end...even a worm can turn.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-02-18 10:11

    Very well and I expect things change too...

  • pages:
  • 1