August (ANA) The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape has vowed to work hard and win back a ward it lost to the Democratic Alliance in a by-election in the Walter Sisulu local municipality this week.
Matthee De Ridder Nel of the DA won ward 3 with 50.74 percent or 688 votes in Wednesday's by-election. The ANC obtained 522 votes and the EFF 112.
''We are convinced with time, we will be able to reverse the loss. We’re still prepared to work together with our people of Ward 3 to correct that which they see as inadequate on our part,'' provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukayitobi said in a statement.
At Mbhashe municipality, the governing party retained its seat with an increased margin. The party obtained 83.9 percent of votes compared to 57.43 percent it got in the 2016 local polls.
The ANC won with 1,397 votes. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) obtained 186 votes and the EFF 60 votes.
But, DA provincial leader, Nqaba Bhanga, said their victory highlights the DA's growth in rural Eastern Cape.
Bhanga said its also testament to the fact that the people of the Eastern Cape have had enough of the ANC governance.
"Our growth in this ward and the ANC's significant drop in support, from 53.26% to 38.5%, shows that the people are embracing the DA’sagenda for change and realise that only the DA can change their lives for the better, through building One South Africa for All.
The residents of Walter Sisulu loudly voiced that they want the change that only a DA government can bring.
- African News Agency (ANA)
Additional reporting - Algoa FM News