BY-ELECTION RESULTS AN INDICATION OF DA’S GROWTH

MPL John Cupido (right) took to the streets in a door-to-door campaign with DA ward councillor Zuko Mandile and activist Nosimo Balindlela before the recent ward 5 by-election in Queenstown.

MPL John Cupido (right) took to the streets in a door-to-door campaign with DA ward councillor Zuko Mandile and activist Nosimo Balindlela before the recent ward 5 by-election in Queenstown.

The community of Queenstown used the power of their vote in a by-election last week to show support for the party they know delivers for all.

Four by-elections were contested on Wednesday, 5 December, and the DA retained its ward in Bitou and grew its percentage share of the vote in the three ANC wards contested.

The DA grew its support in Queenstown from 32.8% in 2011 to 44%.

In the ANC-dominated ward 22 of Lukhanji Municipality, the DA grew from 8.18% in 2009, 32.80% in 2011 to 43.88%.

It is clear that the people of vulnerable and marginalised communities are slowly but surely voicing their dissatisfaction with the poor service delivery of the current government, by voting with their “feet”.  Their tolerance for maladministration, poor governance and lack of accountability is rapidly evaporating.

These by-election results illustrate that where the DA is in government (Bitou), the voters entrust it with unprecedented endorsement, and where the DA is considered as the only real political alternative it is receiving rapidly growing support.

The results most certainly indicate that the 2014 national and provincial elections are going to be a two horse race between the ANC and the DA.