ANC retains Eastern Cape Ward, Snatches Western Cape Ward from DA

FEBRUARY 5, 2015

The African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday said that it continues to consolidate its support by winning all four by-elections that took place yesterday countrywide.

The ANC’s Dumisani Mzili was elected unopposed in Ward 1 of the Amahlathi Municipality in the Eastern Cape, while its Meriam Matshidiso Ncheche won Ward 2 in the Nala Municipality, Free State. Ncheche got 47.09% of the 1 860 votes cast. Voter turnout was 57.73%.

Andries Smit, also from the ANC, won Ward 10 of the Witzenberg Municipality in the Western Cape. The seat was retained by the party with 43.38% of the 1 604 votes cast. Voter turnout was 41.07%.

Again in the Western Cape, its councillor, Gladys Libazi, won Ward 5 in the Swellendam Municipality. The seat was retained by the party with 72.62% of the 2 559 votes cast. Voter turnout was 47.94%.

“This is a demonstration that the ANC remains the only hope for our people to improve their lives and make South Africa a better place to live in,” ANC National Spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, said in a statement.

“This has been further demonstrated by winning over a Ward from the DA in Witzenberg. It is becoming clear to South Africans that the DA has no commitment to serve them but use them as evidenced by them taking black kids out of school to run their campaign.”