Party se­cures nine seats in coun­cil – De Wet

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THE DA says its sup­port has in­creased by al­most 50% in the Lukhanji area, soon to merge with Tsol­wana and Inkwanca to form the new Enoch Mgi­jima mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

DA cau­cus leader Chris de Wet said this week the DA would hold a to­tal of nine coun­cil­lor po­si­tions in the new coun­cil. Two wards were also now un­der DA con­trol – Wards 9 and 10, both based in Ko­mani.

De Wet thanked vot­ers, who had voted for the party and its ac­tivists, say­ing the elec­tions were only the be­gin­ning of the jour­ney with much hard work ly­ing ahead.

“It is our sin­gle most im­por­tant mis­sion to serve you, as the voter/res­i­dent of our mu­nic­i­pal­ity, and to make our sup­port grow in all ar­eas and sub­urbs. For this goal, we will con­tinue to work hard to serve the peo­ple of this mu­nic­i­pal­ity. We also in­vite all like-minded res­i­dents, whether you voted for us or not, to join hands with us in our mis­sion to make our town and mu­nic­i­pal­ity the “Jewel of the East­ern Cape” once again. “Al­though it looks im­pos­si­ble now, you have to be­lieve, just as we did in Nel­son Man­dela Bay, that we can and will turn things around.”

De Wet said the 2016 Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tions rep­re­sented a wa­ter­shed mo­ment in the post-apartheid po­lit­i­cal land­scape.

“For the first time, the ANC regime, un­der the cor­rupt lead­er­ship of Ja­cob Zuma, is fac­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of los­ing its 50% na­tional ma­jor­ity in the 2019 elec­tions. It has be­come very clear, through the na­tion­wide re­sults, that a grow­ing num­ber of our peo­ple are start­ing to re­ject the cor­rupt rule of the ANC. The DA now has com­plete con­trol of the Cape Metropole as well as the Western Cape,” he said.

He said the most as­ton­ish­ing out­come has been the spec­tac­u­lar growth of the DA in all of South Africa’s met­ros, "to the ex­tent that it now holds the ma­jor­ity vote in Nel­son Man­dela Bay [Port El­iz­a­beth], Tsh­wane [Pretoria], and a very close se­cond in the Jo­han­nes­burg Metro.

“All over South Africa, sound-minded peo­ple are choos­ing a cor­rup­tion-free and ef­fi­cient lo­cal gov­ern­ment; where free­dom, fair­ness and op­por­tu­nity pre­vail, by de­cid­ing to vote for the DA."

He said the DA in the Enoch Mgi­jima area would soon in­tro­duce its coun­cil­lors to the pub­lic – as well as share its plans for the next five years.

MPL Ce­leste Barker said the DA had grown its seats to 7 and 17 in its con­stituency area, which stretches from Lukhanji to Indwe to El­liot and Cala.– Rep reporter

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