The Democratic Alliance achieved considerable growth in the by-elections held in Mbhashe yesterday. We showed significant growth particularly in ward 5 where we polled 530 votes, the results for two voting districts in the wards are still outstanding.
The DA contested 5 wards in Mbhashe after 12 ANC councillors were expelled for “misconduct”. Voters here have expressed their outrage with corrupt government officials, poor political leadership and slow service delivery; they want a government that is focused on creating jobs for the unemployed and developing a credible framework for improving service delivery.
The party’s growth in the Eastern Cape was also reinforced by the results of the Buffalo City Municipality by-election in ward 3 which took place yesterday. The DA increased its share of the vote from 52% in 2011 to an 82% majority this year. This is a clear indication of the growing confidence of voters in the DA being a realistic alternative to the ANC.
The DA is South Africa’s most diverse party and one which is determined to continue the fight against corruption and bad governance. We are committed to growing the economy, creating jobs and delivering quality services.
The DA expects to expand its support in every region of the Eastern Cape and we look forward to attaining impressive results in the upcoming elections.