By Athol Trollip (MPL), Eastern Cape Provincial Leader:
Yesterday the DA showed strong growth in the Ward 5 by-election in Kroonvale, Graaff-Reinet. DA candidate Glenda Mackelina retained the ward for the DA.
What was extremely significant was that the DA’s share of the vote went up 9%. In 2014, that DA polled 50.17% and this time, we polled 59.17%.
In 2014, the DA won a total of 38% of the vote in the Camdeboo municipality. With a growth of 9% added to this figure, it shows that we are firmly on track to win the new supersized municipality, consisting of Baviaans, Ikwezi and Camdeboo.
This result will come as a shock to the ANC as their attempts to gerrymander municipal boundaries to win this municipality has simply blown up in their faces. ANC provincial spokesman Mlibo Qoboshiyane, who boasted throughout Tuesday that the ANC would win all the municipalities in the Eastern Cape, must be choking on his words.
Last night I participated in a spontaneous DA cavalcade and I was deeply moved to see people pouring out of their homes, lining the street and cheering at about 23:30 at night. The people can feel the change that is coming.
A swing like this is also extremely significant for the Nelson Mandela Metropole, the Kouga- and Koukamma municipalities. The DA’s growth is firmly on track and this result will build momentum towards the elections later on this year.
By Herman Groenewald (MP), DA Constituency Leader, Rustenburg:
The Democratic Alliance has shown remarkable and extraordinary growth in the by-election held in Rustenburg, North West yesterday 20 January 2016.
The DA secured a landslide win at the polls with a majority of 89.57% in Ward 16, while the ANC only managed to claim 10.43% of the votes.
This DA win will see Cheryl Phillips installed as a new DA ward councillor in the Rustenburg Municipality.
These results are a clear sign that the DA continues to grow in key battleground municipalities and wards ahead of the 2016 elections.
The stage is set for Election 2016 where the DA will make significant inroads into the ANC’s support.
In November last year the DA won Ward 17 in Rustenburg with an 86.5% majority.
The DA thanks every single one of our supporters who contributed to our successful results.
By Chris Hattingh (MP), DA Member of Parliament at Mookah Voting Station, Rustenburg:
The Democratic Alliance in Rustenburg today lodged a complaint with the Provincial IEC after a Rustenburg municipality vehicle filled with municipal employees were utilized for the ANC’s by-election campaign today.
The truck and staff delivered food and water bottles with ANC branding, during office hours to an ANC table at today’s by-election.
It is unacceptable and undemocratic for municipal staff and vehicles to be utilized by the ANC for political activities.
It is even more worrying that senior ANC officials were present when this incident happened. The Speaker, three Mayoral Committee Members, the ANC Ward Candidate and four councillors were present and observed this abuse of state resources.
This comes only a few days after the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) had called on political parties to uphold their responsibility to ensure free and fair elections.
Deputy Cooperative Governance Minister Andries Nel says the abuse of state resources won’t be tolerated and said: “We condemn in no uncertain terms any misuse or abuse of state assets.”
It is clear that the ANC is not practicing what they preach and will go to any lengths to win elections.
The DA in Rustenburg will also send written questions to the Speaker Boipelo Marekoa-Godongo and Acting Municipal Manager Victor Makona requesting an urgent investigation into the incident.
Those responsible within the ANC for ordering the food delivery should be held responsible and disciplined.
We will further await the outcome of the IEC complaint.
The DA will take all necessary and lawful steps to safeguard free and fair elections.
By Herman Groenewald (MP), DA Constituency Leader, Rustenburg:
The Democratic Alliance has shown remarkable electoral growth in yesterday’s by-election in Rustenburg, North West.
The DA made a clean sweep at the polls with an 86.5% majority win. The ANC only managed to claim 8% of the votes and the FF+ 5.34%
This DA win will see Martin Coetzee installed as a new DA ward councillor in the Rustenburg Municipality.
These results are a clear sign that the DA continues to grow in key battleground municipalities and wards ahead of the 2016 elections, and in this round of by-elections the DA has grown significantly across South Africa. The stage is set for Election 2016 where the DA will make significant inroads into the ANC’s support.
The DA thanks every single one of our supporters who contributed to yesterday’s successful results.
This momentum bodes well for Election 2016 for the DA.
By Athol Trollip (MPL), Mayoral candidate: Nelson Mandela Bay:
The downward spiral of the ANC support in Nelson Mandela Bay has continued to play out in the Ward 30 by election held in KwaMagxaki and Veeplaas yesterday (Wednesday 19th August)
In 2014 the ANC polled 75% of the vote in this ward. In this by election they have now collapsed to 41%.
This result if replicated in similar wards means that the ANC cannot win a majority in 2016.
In contrast the DA vote has tripled from 2.95% in 2011 to 9% in 2015.
Our march to City Hall in 2016 is firmly on track.
In the 2014 General Election the ANC received 48% of the vote in Nelson Mandela Bay while the DA received 42% of the vote.
The DA growth in this by election coupled with the UDM victory at 49% means that the ANC hegemony has been shattered in a former ANC stronghold ward.
It’s game on.
This by election result will send shockwaves through the ANC. They are now on a slippery slope as they have lost their second consecutive by election within a year where they had previously held a comfortable majority.
This result is significant in the broader context because it takes the DA a step closer to winning the Nelson Mandela Metro in 2016 and ushering in a new era of freedom, fairness and opportunity.
The consistent growth the DA received in this ANC stronghold ward reinforces the swing to the Democratic Alliance and the unstoppable desire for change in Nelson Mandela Bay.
I would like to thank the voters of ward 30 as well as our candidate Eric Jinikwe and the ‘Ngqura’ Constituency Leader, Nqaba Bhanga, and his team of dedicated activists for their hard work and commitment to growing the DA in this ward.
By Jacques Smalle (MPL), DA Limpopo Provincial Leader:
The DA has laid a criminal charge of attempted murder and criminal injuria with Tubatse police (CAS 36/5/2015) against an ANC activist and Tubatse Municipality employee, Eddie Maile, after he insulted and nearly drove over a DA MP, Beyers Smit with his car during the by-election held in Tubatse Ward 18 yesterday.
It is alleged that ANC councillors and activists were handing out ANC t-shirts and campaigning at the entrance of the Mafemane Primary school voting station in Burgersfort when the incident occurred.
Whilst Smit was busy capturing the whole incident on his cellphone, Mr Maile and his mob stormed and started to intimidate and insult him.
Maile then swiftly got into his car and tried to run Smit over, but fortunately Smit managed to escape without serious injury
It is against the IEC regulations to campaign within the boundaries of the voting station specifically on election day.
The DA is taking this issue seriously, finds it very distasteful and believes that the matter deserves to be investigated urgently.
It is completely unacceptable for the ANC to abuse their powers and to use underhanded tactics to intimidate our activists and MP’s and to disregard the IEC regulations in order to win votes.
The DA will further write to the Provincial Electoral Officer of IEC, Nkaro Mateta, to urgently probe the incident to ensure that steps are taken against the ANC.