By Siboniso Mawandla
The African National Congress (ANC) has retained two of its Wards and won one Ward from the Democratic Alliance (DA) following the results of the by-elections held in four provinces yesterday, 23 August 2017. A total of five municipal wards were contested in the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng and the Western Cape.
The ruling party’s Mongameli Myameni took Ward 124 in the City of Johannesburg, retaining its seat it won last year by garnering 46.63% of the votes. This compared to the 47.42% it received last year.
The DA’s Desmond McKenzie retained Ward 91 in the City of Ekurhuleni, increasing its winning margin to 70.48%, compared to the 65.50% it received last year.
The ANC has expressed its delight on the outcome of the by-elections. According to the statement issued by the party, “[t]he people of South Africa continue to demonstrate their overwhelming confidence in their movement. The ANC won Ward 05 in Bergrivier, Western Cape, from the DA, and retained the highly contested Ward 124 in the City of Johannesburg.
Mlungiseleli Luzipho of the ANC won Ward 7 in the Ngqushwa Municipality, increasing its winning margin to 86.34%, compared to 73.42% in last year’s municipal elections.
“In addition, due to the unyielding and solid support the ANC continues to enjoy from the people of South Africa, the ANC retained Ward 07 in Ngqushwa, Eastern Cape, with over 80% votes,” said the party in a statement.
“Indeed, our strategy to reclaim political power in the Western Cape is slowly but surely yielding positive results. We dare not take for granted the confidence the people continue demonstrate in the movement. Ours is to redouble our efforts in delivering services to the people,” reads the statement.
Meanwhile, the DA lost two wards to the ANC and United Front of Civics (UFC). UFC’s candidate, Motete Petrus Kopela won the ward with 33.91%.