ANC STATEMENT ON BY-ELECTION RESULTS OF 5 APRIL 2023
The African National Congress (ANC) is humbled by the confidence voters across the country continue to place in the organisation as demonstrated by the results of Wednesday’s by-elections that took place across Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga. The ANC emerged victorious in seven out of ten contested wards.
Most importantly, the ANC increased its voter support in Ward 19 (Amsterdam,Thokozani) in Mkhondo, Gert Sibande (Mpumalanga) to 79%, compared to 76% support in the 2021 local government elections. The ANC also increased its support in Ward 5 (Grootvlei) Dipaleseng, Gert Sibande in Mpumalanga to 70%, from 49% in 2021.
Ward 105 in Bronkhorstspruit, Tshwane, saw a 14% increase in ANC support compared to previous elections. The ANC is also humbled by the higher than expected voter turnout in this ward, especially by young first-time voters who came out to ensure an overwhelming ANC victory.
This confirms that communities around Tshwane are resonating with the #BuyaTshwane campaign message of the ANC which seeks to restore services in neglected wards across the city, especially in townships and rural areas.
The ANC is confident that Tshwane can be restored to a well-functioning metropolitan municipality that it used to be under the ANC-led government before it was collapsed by the DA coalition after the 2016 local government elections. We say Buya Tshwane.
The story of Wednesday’s by-elections is a story of massive increase in ANC voter support and higher than expected voter turnout in most contested wards. This bodes well for the ANC. We will build on this solid foundation as we prepare for the 2024 national and provincial elections.
The ANC wishes to thank all its structures, our army of volunteers, members and supporters for their hard work and energy that ensured this decisive victory.
The ANC calls on all newly-elected councillors of the ANC to always be in the front trenches of service delivery and to serve communities with humility and selfless dedication.
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