Athol Trollip MPL
Leader of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature
The Democratic Alliance retained its seat in the ward 3 Buffalo City by-election held on Wednesday, 29 January 2013. The DA increased its share of the vote from 53% in 2011 to 82,26%. On the other hand the ANC declined from 38% to 17,66%.
The by-election was a result of the DA firing a non-performing councillor. I am particularly proud that the residents of ward 3 have endorsed our standpoint of accountable governance by giving us an increased share of the vote with an unambiguous mandate to represent the ward.
The ANC has lost support because of its on-going mismanagement of Buffalo City. There’s no doubt in my mind that the recent R9million taxi scandal played a role in this regard.
Voters of this ward want to stop corruption and ensure that we have clean government that can create jobs, maintain infrastructure and make Buffalo City a winning city. This victory will create momentum for the DA march towards winning Buffalo City Metro.