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ANC and DA retain Eastern Cape wards in Wednesday's by-elections

Sep 19, 2019
ANC and DA retain Eastern Cape wards in Wednesday's by-elections

Port Elizabeth - During the ward by-elections contested on Wednesday in the Eastern Cape the African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) retained their seats gained in the 2016 Municipal Elections.

Here are the new Councillors:

  • Tembinkosi Ngxangani in Ward 15 in the Engcobo Municipality –The ANC retained the seat it won in the 2016 Municipal Elections, with 79.72% of the votes cast compared to 80.89% in the 2016 Municipal Elections. Voter turnout yesterday was 35.07%.
  • Mlawuli Marasha in Ward 29 in the King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality –The ANC retained the seat it won in the 2016 Municipal Elections, with 62.14% of the votes cast compared to 47.45% in the 2016 Municipal Elections. Voter turnout yesterday was 41.28%.
  • Mzimkulu Morris Ngabase in Ward 20 in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality –  The ANC retained the seat it won in the 2016 Municipal Elections, with 66.65% of the votes cast compared to 72.24% in the 2016 Municipal Elections. Voter turnout yesterday was 36.21%.
  • Johannes Dick Green in Ward 19 in the Buffalo City Municipality –  The DA retained the seat it won in the 2016 Municipal Elections, with 71.03% of the votes cast compared to 73.67% in the 2016 Municipal Elections. Voter turnout yesterday was 26.42%.

'ANC worked hard in by-election'

ANC Nelson Mandela Bay councillor, Andile Lungisa, took to Twitter to praise those, who ensured the ANC retained its ward in Nelson Mandela Bay. An upset, would have certainly threatened the current ANC-led coalition that is running the Bay.

 

 

'Democratic Alliance retains ward in Buffalo City and grows in Nelson Mandela Bay'

Commenting on the by-elections, DA Eastern Cape leader, Ngaba Bhanga, said commended his party for retaining Ward 19 in the Buffalo City Municipality, "following a tightly contested by-election".

"The DA’s Derek Green emerged victorious and received 71% of the valid votes cast. This shows massive growth after the DA received 57% of the vote in this ward in the 2019 National and Provincial Elections," Bhanga said.

"The by-election was also contested by the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), the African National Congress (ANC) the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

"The ward became vacant as a result of the tragic passing of former DA councillor Richard Rooy.

"This result is a vote of confidence in the DA, and the endorsement from the voters proves that the DA remains on track ahead of the 2021 local government elections."

He said that it is also a clear indication that the residents of the Buffalo City Metro "are tired of being neglected and ignored by an uncaring ANC government".

"We are grateful to voters for giving us this mandate and we don’t take it lightly.

"The DA also contested Ward 20 in Nelson Mandela Bay and showed growth, with our candidate, Nandipa Qongqo, receiving 5.65% of the vote. In the 2019 National and Provincial Elections the DA only achieved 2.1% of the vote cast," Bhanga said.

"This ward became vacant as a result of former ANC councillor Bongo Nombiba being found guilty of fraud and money laundering and sent to jail for 5 years.

"The ANC showed a big drop in support to 66.65%. In the 2016 Local Government Election the ANC won the ward with 72.24% of valid votes cast.

"This proves that the people of the Metro are fed-up with the ANC’s track-record of crime, corruption and maladministration."

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