by Melinda Hattingh – DA Constituency Head of Kalahari
Date: 21 September 2017
Type: Press Statement
DA support grew from 275 votes in the local government elections last year to 402 votes yesterday. The ANC won only 288 votes and the EFF 11 votes.
Ward 7 continues to be dogged by endless service delivery problems under the ANC-run Gamagara municipality. This, we believe has motivated the people of the local community to lend their vote to the DA, who has proven time and time again that we care for our people and prioritize service delivery.
The DA’s Hennie Fourie will take up the position of Ward Councillor. He replaces the late Shadrack Moreeng, who previously represented the DA in the ward.
Fourie is dedicated and passionate about the community he is to serve and will not rest until he can see a more visible improvement in the living conditions of the people of Ward 7.
The DA secured a resounding victory despite the handout of captured wheelbarrows to residents of Ward 7 by the Mayor and the ANC ward candidate. At the same time, the ANC’s defeat comes despite the ANC’s abuse of state resources in a desperate attempt to win additional votes.
In this regard an SUV (with number plate CNR474NC) that is registered in the name of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, was seen being driven around by VIP Protection Service staff members, ferrying ANC voters in Deben to and from the voting station. According to our count, the ANC secured at least 23 votes in this way.
The DA will request the Office of the Public Protector to investigate the abuse of legislature resources by the ANC for party political gain at the expense of taxpayers.
Considering that the VIP Protection Services is a branch of the SAPS and that this service is meant to secure the protection of public representatives, not to be misused for party political purposes on the instruction of politicians, we will also report this abuse of police resources to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate for investigation.
The DA is confident that the result of this by-election clearly indicates that the people of the Northern Cape have grown tired of the corrupt, self serving and inefficient ANC and that they are hungry for change.
The DA will continue to work hard in our communities, as we have done in Ward 7, to spread hope of a better future without the ANC, under a DA government. This is because where the DA governs, we govern well and we have a track record to prove this!
DA Constituency Head of Kalahari
082 494 6648
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387