Both the DA and the ANC have claimed successes in yesterday’s by-elections across the country, but in some North West wards the independent candidates were the ones to secure the biggest gains.
The ANC lost ward 12 in Mahikeng to a former ANC councillor who stood as an independent, but managed to hold on to Ward 9 in Tlokwe, where its support was down from about 90% in 2011 to 50.5% yesterday.
It lost most of its votes in that ward to an independent candidate, who got 34.6%, or 504 of the votes, while the ANC got 735 votes.
The DA, with 196 votes, increased its 2011 share from 5.7% to 13.5%.
The ANC in North West said it was “elated and humbled by the overwhelming victory obtained in the by-elections”.
It managed to win back nine of the ten wards in the province. In the Mahikeng ward where it lost, the party said it would “engage the residents of this ward to reflect on this development and assure them of an unending ANC support”.
The DA in a statement overnight said the by-election results show that the DA was growing “all over the country”.
Its most significant win was in Oudtshoorn, which now puts the party in a position to take full control of the council.
It also claimed successes in Berg River, Ward 5 in the Western Cape “a very marginal ward where the ANC campaigned heavily”.
The party also showed growth in Zeerust, where it got 22% (244) of the votes, up from 3% in 2011. It was still convincingly beaten by the ANC, which got 47.6% (843) of the votes.
In Pomfret in North West, the party’s 21.8% of the vote is up from its 3% in 2011, and in Silobela, Mpumalanga, the party grew its vote from 9% to 20%.
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