2019 elections

Despite the chaos, the ANC have just won 4 wards in by-elections across SA

A rare good day for the ANC.

2019 elections

The ANC may be getting slammed in almost every way possible but Thursday’s news will come as a welcome relief for the ruling party. By-elections for 4 wards were held in 4 different provinces on Wednesday. One a piece in the Eastern Cape, KwaZlu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape.

The ANC fought off some stiff competition to retain all 4 wards. The KZN ward 7 of Phongolo was particularly hotly contested. After the IFP claimed Nquthu just a few weeks ago, many believed that the ANC could lose yet another KZN ward.

TimesLIVE reports that early figures show that the ANC won 834 votes, just 95 more than the IFP’s 739. Ward 7 became “available” after the councillor was shot dead at his house by killers posing as residents in need of assistance. The province has been marred by political killings over the course of the last year.

One thing is certain, the ANC are absolutely delighted with the 4 wins. The party says they take nothing for granted.

“Due to the solid support the ANC continues to enjoy from the people of South Africa, the ANC successfully retained all three wards which were previously under our stewardship. Moreover, we extend our gratitude to the voters who ensured that we retain the highly contested Ward 07 in uPhongolo, KwaZulu-Natal, and increased our support base in Ward 15, Mnquma, Eastern Cape, and Ward 45, Mbombela, Mpumalanga. We do not take for granted the confidence the people have once again demonstrated in their movement and commit ourselves to redouble our efforts to work with them to solve the problems they face.”

“We, once again, congratulate the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for delivering the credible, free and fair elections. We also thank our committed volunteers, members and supporters of the ANC who worked tirelessly in the build-up to these by-elections and ensured this decisive outcome.”

Maybe with all the building pressure, these ANC councillors will deliver good governance for the people. The voters have given the ANC their loyalty, let’s hope the ANC can do the same.