DA to launch NMB 2016 Mayoral campaign in September

AUGUST 24, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA)  in the Eastern Cape is expected to officially launch their Mayoral Campaign for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on 12 September at the Donkin Reserve, in Central. 

DA Federal Chairperson and Eastern Cape leader, Athol Trollip, is expected to square off with the African National Congress' (ANC) Danny Jordaan, who is also boss at the South African Football Association (SAFA) and current Executive Mayor, in the upcoming 2016 Local Government Elections.

The campaign launch will be attended by DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, as they lay out what the DA’s plans "to not only win the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, but also on how to govern it well!"

The ANC is determined to hold onto the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality - as a defeat in the Metro would open the doors to eventual defeats in municipalities across the East Cape.

However, recent successes by opposition parties have greatly reduced its numbers in the Metro's Council.

Following a surprise defeat by the United Democratic Movement (UDM) in a crucial by-election for Ward 30 last week, the ANC now has 62 seats out of 120.The ward became vacant after the death of former ANC councillor, Mike Tofile.

A leading political analyst, Daniel Silke, on Thursday, said that the defeat of the ANC by the UDM shows that urban voters are becoming fluid and that the opposition could take the Bay next year.

"ANC vote in Port Elizabeth local by-election drops 15% allowing UDM to win seat as split vote favoursSouth Africa's opposition parties," Silke posted on Twitter.

He said that the UDM's win indicates the need for enhanced opposition co-operation in key Metro's ahead of the of 2016 Local Government Elections.

"Swing away from ANC in Port Elizabeth local by-election makes the Metro more vulnerable to opposition victory in 2016.

While the Democratic Alliance (DA) performed dismally in the by-election, its vote share grew from 3.8% to 8.7% in the ward, while the UDM jumped from 1.2% to 49.9%.

"Nelson Mandela Bay Metro signifies an increasingly fluid urban electorate willing to test historic ANCmajorities and control," Silke said.

"Looks like the DA will need more of the UDM in future in Port Elizabeth should it wish to govern in coalition in the city."

 

Related: 

ANC NOW VULNERABLE IN NELSON MANDELA BAY: POLITICAL ANALYST

UDM IN SURPRISE WIN OF NELSON MANDELA BAY WARD - REDUCING ANC MAJORITY

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