- The ANC remains the biggest winner after the conclusion of the second by-elections this year
- The ruling party managed to win a total of five new wards, managing to retain 12
- The ANC only lost one ward in the Western Cape which the Land Party managed to secure
The African National Congress has managed to enjoy a show of power in the second by-elections in 2020.
The ruling party managed to win five new wards out of the 24 that were voted for, with the ANC only losing the Overstrand Municipality in the Western Cape to the Land Party.
A notable victory was the Oudtshoorn municipality where the ANC managed to snatch two wards from the Democratic Alliance.
TimesLIVE reports that the opposition party has now lost its outright majority in the council, only managing to retain six wards but losing two.
Responding to the outcome of the by-elections, the ANC in the Western Cape expressed its confidence to secure more seats in a statement:
“Pushing the DA down from its majority is a major achievement. It is proof that the DA can be beaten, and in fact, is continuing to decline. Oudtshoorn is an encouragement for next year’s local government elections."
The Democratic Alliance downplayed its own losses in the same region, in addition to its failed attempt to win new wards.
Siviwe Gwarube placed the blame for the Oudtshoorn loss on bitter councillors who had resigned:
“Organisations must go through a period of renewal and regrowth. This inevitably led to some disgruntled councillors, most of them facing disciplinary action, leaving the party. This is what happened in Oudtshoorn, where we have lost two wards.
Gwarube is adamant that the DA's results was an indication that the opposition party was on the road to regrowth.
The ANC was branded by the spokesperson as a party which 'cannot and will not bring real hope or real change'.
The ruling party's secretary-general is currently facing a corruption scandal, prompting calls for him to step aside from the key role.
Steenhuisen was adamant that the committee was sympathetic with its corruption-accused comrades.
This earned the opposition leader a clap back from Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu, who urged Steenhuisen to keep his nose out of ANC business.
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