The Democratic Alliance (DA) celebrates victory as it wins majority in Kgatelopele Municipality, amid strong by-election growth.
The party achieved a significant surge in growth in by-elections across South Africa on Thursday as voters in their numbers came out to support the party.
The party had people of Ward 2, Kgatelopele Municipality, resoundingly endorse it with over 70% of the votes and now with a majority of seats in the council, the DA will take governance of this municipality.
“This is an enormous increase of over 30 percentage points for the DA in this ward since the August 2016 election,” DA leader, Maimane said.
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.
In Ward 4, DA support has almost doubled (from 7.21% in August 2016) to 13.5% and in New Brighton’s Ward 14 DA support has grown (from 9.36% in August 2016) to 24.27% yesterday
Voters in Ward 11 of Raymond Mhlaba Municipality in the Eastern Cape also supported 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.
In KwaZulu Natal, the DA said it achieved a surge of growth in Ward 20 Alfred Duma Municipality, up from 24.55% in August 2016 to 35.97% yesterday and bringing the ANC down to just 50% in this ward.
This also was the case in Mpumalanga where in Victor Kanye Municipality Ward 6, the DA achieved its highest ever vote percentage for that ward, with support up 2 percentage points to 33.9%
“This DA growth in Nelson Mandela Bay is a mark of faith in the DA government, from the people of the Metro.
“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 remains a stronghold in DA- led community, and we thank those who voted yesterday for endorsing us,” DA’s Maimane said as he appreciates the supporters who came out to contribute to the immensely successful by-election outcomes, especially in Kgatelopele Municipality.