The Democratic Alliance says it has won the Kgatelopele Municipality in by-elections held on Wednesday.
By-elections were held in 15 different wards across six provinces, owing a combination of resignations and deaths of councillors.
Residents of Ward 2 in Kgatelopele voted in favour of the DA, giving the opposition party sufficient seats in the council to take control of the municipality.
Kgatelopele is notable for being the municipality where DA councillor Johan Baatjies was killed nearly three months ago.
The DA says several re-contested wards showed marked increases in support for the DA, claiming that people have taken note of the party’s good governance in new wards since the August elections.
“In Nelson Mandela Bay, voters in Wards 4 and 14 have recognised the DA’s brand of good governance and have increased support for the DA in both Wards,” says DA spokesperson Phumzile van Damme. “In Ward 4 DA support has almost doubled (from 7.21% in August 2016) to 13.5% yesterday, and in New Brighton’s Ward 14 DA support has grown (from 9.36% in August 2016) to 24.27% yesterday.”
Furthermore, she says, the DA has won the voting district that contains the University of Fort Hare’s Alice campus, with the area seeing a 20% reduction in African National Congress support since August.
“In every by-election contested by the DA yesterday we have grown and increased our vote share, while the ANC has declined,” brags Van Damme, going on to thank DA supporters for their votes.