We lost, but we grew in support: DA Eastern Cape on by-elections results

NOVEMBER 10, 2016

Despite its defeat by the African National Congress (ANC) in Wednesday's municipal by-elections, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says it actually managed to increase its support base in the Wards that it contested.

"In Nelson Mandela Bay, after just three months of DA governance, voters in Wards 4 and 14 have recognised the DA’s brand of good governance and have increased support for the DA in both Wards," the party said.

"In Ward 4 DA support has almost doubled (from 7.21% in August 2016) to 13.5% yesterday, and in New Brighton's Ward 14 DA support has grown (from 9.36% in August 2016) to 24.27% yesterday."

The party said that this growth in Nelson Mandela Bay "is a mark of faith in the DA government, from the people of the Metro".

"Voters in Ward 11 of Raymond Mhlaba Municipality in the Eastern Cape came out to endorse the DA in the Ward of Fort Hare University Alice Campus, giving the DA 36.55% which is an increase of more than ten percentage points since August 2016," the DA added.

"In this Ward, for the first time, the DA has won the voting district housing Fort Hare University Alice Campus and reduced the ANC's vote by over 20 percentage points in that voting district.

"Fort Hare continues to be a stronghold DA community, and we thank those who voted yesterday for endorsing us."