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DA takes another ward off ANC in Cape Town - Helen Zille

Helen Zille
20 September 2012

DA leader says party also increased its share of vote in former ANC strongholds in Ekurhuleni and Polokwane

By-election results show DA continues to grow

The Democratic Alliance is pleased with an important by-election victory in Cape Town yesterday, where we won a ward off the ANC, as well as with our results in two other by-elections in Polokwane and Ekurhuleni, where we grew our share of the vote significantly. 

The DA won a by-election in ward 88, City of Cape Town, which was previously held by the ANC, and includes areas of Mitchell's Plain and Philippi. This is the first time the DA has won the ward, and it is the first time that the DA has won a ward in Philippi. The DA grew from 40.6% of the vote in last year's local government election (2011) to 52.4% of the vote yesterday. 

The result in Mitchell's Plain and Philippi demonstrates both that voters are increasingly willing to change their vote, and that they were angry and alienated by the ANC Youth League's "ungovernability" campaign in Cape Town; both factors resulting in growing support for the DA. 

In ward 64, Ekurhuleni, the DA grew its share of the vote from 3.29% in the 2011 local government elections to 14.92% in yesterday's by-election. 

In ward 13, Polokwane, the DA grew its share of the vote from 4.93% in the 2011 local government elections to 17.31% in yesterday's by-election. 

These last two results are an important indication that more voters are choosing the DA in every community across the country. Increasingly, voters in previously strong ANC areas are feeling confident in the DA's ability to represent the communities in which they live. As the ANC continues to its slow implosion around the country, the DA is steadily filling the void. 

These victories show that democracy in South Africa is working and that voters are ready for change.

Results of the September 19 2012 by-elections:

2011 local govt election

September 19 2012 by-election

Province

Municipality

Party

% Votes

% Poll

Ward Winner

Party

% Votes

% Poll

ECAPE

SENQU [LADY GREY]

ANC

83.8%

60.1%

M B GOJO

ANC

93.44%

48.33%

GAUTENG

EKURHULENI

ANC

90.4%

61.2%

Z S NTAMO

ANC

67.24%

25.16%

KZN

NONGOMA

IFP

45.8%

67.4%

P D NDLOVU

IFP

51.93%

55.28%

LIMPOPO

POLOKWANE

ANC

87.4%

46.1%

S M MOTSEO

ANC

72.21%

24.40%

NWEST

DITSOBOTLA [LICHTENBURG]

ANC

90.8%

60.8%

M K MONTSHO

ANC

62.19%

42.37%

WCAPE

CAPE TOWN

ANC

42.6%

55.3%

M P PIETERSEN

DA

52.47%

40.66%

Source: www.elections.org.za

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Well.....
That's the whole of Mitchel's Plain supporting the DA.; not one ANC Ward left

by South One on September 20 2012, 13:09
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Jesus is Coming
Faccinating to see how the ANC support is dropping in ANC strongholds. From 90% to 60% in one election!

Jesus is almost here...

by Blacksmith on September 20 2012, 13:15
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Dear Frack-head Fransman, Toenail Enrichtment and Bloater Moronjile
Sh*t , isnt it time for for you W****** to go and seek out a half dozen disgruntled grape pickers......? Oh no, that one didn't work!!!

What about a doctored e-mail where a DA member uses racial slurs??..... oops, that also . .more

by down with the anc on September 20 2012, 14:32
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so Juju,Helen's sleeping with her concubines hey?
My dear late Mom always said that those who hurl insults at people reap their punishment in proportion to the vileness of their sharp tongues
Juju you say that now they want to assassinate you... and you are told to fokof by a fat policeman...and you . .more

by Pedro on September 20 2012, 16:30
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Fantastic
Mind you watching and listening to the ANC leaders on tv it is no wonder no reasonable educated person votes ANC. They are corrupt nasty people who have ruined SA. I suppose we have to blame Mandela for introducing us to the corrupt incompetent ANC. Not . .more

by Helen for President on September 20 2012, 17:01
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@Helen
Don't be silly,do you blame Bismarck for Hitler or Smuts for Verwoerd?

by Pedro on September 20 2012, 18:33
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Slowly but surely , however, wish it was faster
But let us be grateful for this win.

Sadly the FF+ bloggers on this forum and news 24 are the biggest reason for the ANC supporters to switch sides. The damage they do to the DA is heartbreaking because folk read the comments and assume their . .more

by DM on September 20 2012, 19:15
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ANC bites the dust
Sweet victory! Well done DA!

by Argus Eye on September 20 2012, 23:19
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Balls! by DM on September 20 2012, 19:15
Freedom of expression a threat to you? The truth?

by Brett on September 21 2012, 08:11
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ANC can't get out the vote
which is why they declare elections national feast days.

by Brett on September 21 2012, 08:12
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Another one bites the dust!
Ons moet B I D vir die ANC!

Bring

It

Down

LOL

by Paul C on September 21 2012, 08:42
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The Moscow threat
As Gorbachev explained in his book, Peristroika, “We will never forsake our goals set by Lenin."

"The function of terrorism is to destabilize the country and drive a wedge between the people and the government. " *

"The function of . .more

by Green Room on September 21 2012, 10:39
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http://globalpolitician.com/2622-terrorism
Link supporting above comments

by Green Room on September 21 2012, 10:47
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Bye-Election at Phillipi Ward 88 - Significance of Outcome
Both sides can be expected to put as favourable a spin as poss on the outcome, but in the case of ward 88, the ANC's is more credible.

Ward 88, a marginal, flip-flop seat, is a situation that the ruling party should have expected to win - . .more

by Questor on September 21 2012, 18:28
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@Questor
Wait, what? The ANC is more credible because they lost? Sorry, your sophistry won't work on me.

Firstly reduced turn out in by-elections doesn't benefit either side. Actually theoretically it would hurt the DA greater because it's a working day . .more

by South One on September 23 2012, 01:12
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@ South One
No, the ANC's SPIN is more credible, because they support their claim with figures.
You say my stats are BS? Kindly Correct the following then (published by the ANC)

Voting District No. ANC Votes DA Votes
VD2007 . .more

by Questor on September 23 2012, 19:48
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@Questor
I misunderstood your statement: I thought you were claiming that the four VDs each got less than 5%. Not them all combined got less than 5%.

But why such bad results in the poorest areas in Cape Town? There was a by-election in a municipality in . .more

by South One on September 24 2012, 07:29
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@ South One
I can't explain the antipathy in informal settlements to "the hand that feeds them", except as visceral racism. Black distrust of white people may take two generations to dissipate, and I don't believe that the DA is going to change the perception of the . .more

by Questor on September 24 2012, 09:56
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@Quester
Ivan Meyer seems set to win the Western cape provincial leadership. Is he the right kind of antidote? Keep in mind that I don't want anyone in DA to stoop to Fransman's level. I'd rather they loose than use cheap racial divisiveness like that.

by Chris on September 24 2012, 22:13
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@ Chris, re DA Progress
I don't know the man you name, so can't comment.
I agree with you that one shouldn't try to wrestle with Pigs, just it seemed to me that, at the last local elections, the DA failed to capitalise on its success and inside track position. I explained . .more

by Questor on September 25 2012, 08:27
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Don't trust the Criminal Party.
The DA has to keep an eye on the IEC. It was without reproach( almost ) when Bam ran it. Who is in charge now.The anc knows it is going to loose to the DA big time come 2014.
They will have to tamper with the vote. Hasn't The Dicktators attack dog . .more

by Zincstop. on September 25 2012, 18:53
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PAC
U PPL SHUD OL VOTE FOR THE PAC NOT THE DA NOR THE ANC,,,,,,,,THE DA WONT WIN IN 2014,THEY WIL WAIT 4 JESUS TO COME BK......

by thuls on February 25 2013, 13:38
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