Parties retain wards in by-elections

2013-07-04 10:19

Johannesburg - The ANC and the DA have retained their wards in eight by-elections held across five provinces.

Candidates vied for the position of ward councillor in the Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, and Western Cape wards on Wednesday.

In KwaZulu-Natal, the African National Congress retained ward two in Dududa, ward 6 in Mandeni, and ward 12, also in Mandeni.

Four by-elections were scheduled to take place in KwaZulu-Natal. However the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said on Monday local government MEC Nomusa Dube was asked to postpone the by-election in ward 39, eThekwini.

"[This was] following allegations of voter registration fraud ahead of the scheduled by-election on 3 July 2013," IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said at the time.

"An investigation is presently underway to determine the veracity of these allegations of voter registration fraud."

The ward was previously held by the Inkatha Freedom Party.

The ANC retained ward four in the Mutale municipality, Limpopo, and the Democratic Alliance retained ward four in the Mookgopong (Naboomspruit) municipality, also in Limpopo.

In the Eastern Cape and Free State, by-elections were held in ward two in Alice and ward four in Ladybrand respectively.

Both were retained by the ANC.

Ward 14 in George, in the Western Cape, was contested by candidates of the ANC, DA, the Independent Civic Organisation of SA, and the Plaaslike Besorgde Inwoners (Concerned Local Residents).

The DA retained that ward.

  • Linds Ron-House - 2013-07-04 10:25

    Is this an indication of what will happen next year?

      paul.kershaw.18 - 2013-07-04 10:27

      No. There are not seen as mainstream areas of interest.

      Linds Ron-House - 2013-07-04 10:55

      You may be right Paul. However, I think we tend to take the views of the "cultural majority" or "dominant narrative" and make them mainstream. We forget about the views of grassroot people as in this case. Unfortunately grassroot people have the numbers. Hence we get surprised after elections.

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-07-04 13:21

      @Linds...I don't think so, I believe what happened in Potch. is more of an indication of what will happen next year.

      Linds Ron-House - 2013-07-04 14:42

      @Bruce, it's difficult to reason with unreasonable people so please be reasonable. The undisputed truth is that no political party will end PUI (poverty, unemployment and inequality) in South Africa. I'm not aware of any political party anywhere in the world that has achieved this. In 1996 only just over 2 million people received social grants from government. By 2011 this number had increased to over 15 million. Over 4 million RDP houses have been built since 1994. Households with access to running water and electricity have increased many folds. Yes there is still a lot more that needs to be done. But the view that the current government has not achieved anything is patently untrue. Maybe the ANC has achieved what it is capable of achieving and a new party must take over. But they have achieved something.

      Linds Ron-House - 2013-07-04 14:51

      @Godfrey, I have to disagree. What is happening in Potch (I assume you're refering to the Tlokwe municipality) is not about people wanting to be governed by the DA, but about infighting within the ANC. ANC councilers in the area want the mayor to be removed, but the provincial and national leadership has a different view. The local councilers would rather vote with the DA in order to unseat the mayor, because this is the only democratic avenue available to them at this stage.

  • Malcolm MacLeod - 2013-07-04 10:33

    How about giving some actual numbers, just because they retained the ward doesn't mean the percentages have not shifted.

      Sht Stirrer - 2013-07-04 10:42

      That would nogals be nice.

  • Kenny Ntamela - 2013-07-04 10:36

    still people believe anc leadership frm municipality,provincial n national

      Kenny Ntamela - 2013-07-04 10:50

      Learn for what

      Basil Jacobs - 2013-07-04 10:59

      Kenny, the saving grace of the ANC is that the majority of the ANC supporters still see an election as a Race thing and not as selecting the most capable person and party. Until that happens we will go through the cycle of service delivery protests, destruction of infrastructure, etc. That is how Robert Magabe retains his power in Zimbabwe - that, brutal force and vote rigging

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-07-04 13:26

      @Kenny...2 new parties, alternatives for those fed-up with anc, but (to scared of the ancestor) to vote da, will be a challenge for the anc 2014.

  • Werner Pretorius - 2013-07-04 10:53

    Soos News 24 altyd te kere gaan sou mens glo die DA gaan wyke by die ANC afvat, maar lyk my hul was verkeerd. Daai swartes op DA saamtrekke is die tipiese rent a crowd wat elk n gratis blou t shirt kry.

      Jomo Kgomo - 2013-07-04 12:50

      Die meeste swart mense wat onderhoud in Alex het gesĂȘ hulle is daar om vir 'n nuwe T-hemde is dit winter. Slim swartes. My Afrikaans is not so good. I hope you understand. ANC is steeds sterk of jy daarvan hou of nie. You have a lot of work to do to convince blacks to vote for a white led party. Reconciliation needs to be implemented perhaps thereafter things will change.

  • Stephen Radebe - 2013-07-04 11:12

    democracy is woking well.

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-07-04 11:17

    How does the IEC intend to combat voter intimidation through forcing voters to show a camera-phone image of their ballot paper to thugs who wait for them outside polling stations? ..... (Enforce scanning and ban on all cellphones in the voting cubicle) FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS IN SA !

      Pieter Ver - 2013-07-04 11:33

      Finally! Well done Payricia! ANC members are intimidated to take a pic of their ballot paper and MMS this to their wards as proof of loyalty. That's how Zuma got his landslide in Mangaung.

      Disillusioned Sa - 2013-07-04 13:09

      Is this for real? How can the IEC allow cell phones into the voting booths if they know this will happen?

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