National 4.8.2016 06:38 pm

Western Cape results ‘heartbreaking’, says ANC

President Jacob Zuma shakes hands with the ANC Western Cape provincial chairman Marius Fransman during the party's election campaign at Phillipi on July 21, 2016 in Cape Town. Picture: Gallo Images

President Jacob Zuma shakes hands with the ANC Western Cape provincial chairman Marius Fransman during the party's election campaign at Phillipi on July 21, 2016 in Cape Town. Picture: Gallo Images

The ANC is going back to the drawing board after the DA strengthened its grip on the province.

The ANC in the Western Cape said disappointing municipal election results in the province meant the party had to go back to the drawing board if it had any chance of making gains in the largely DA controlled province.

By 5pm, only the results for the City of Cape Town metro were outstanding, but it was later declared it won the city with a whopping 69%, with results from the 24 local municipalities and five district councils, having already been declared.

The DA held on to many of its council and even snatched some from the rival ANC, something the party’s provincial executive committee (PEC) spokesman, Jabu Mfusi, said was heartbreaking.

“We are saddened by the fact that we lost municipalities that we led — Matzikama, Cederberg, Beaufort-West, Central Karoo District, Cape Agulhas — those are the municipalities we governed that have been won by the Democratic Alliance,” Mfusi said.

“Losing municipalities we were in charge of, it’s painful. It’s a bitter pill to swallow.”

He said the party would have to regroup and restrategise.

“We are going to go back to our drawing boards as a movement, through our provincial executive committee, to take stock of where we’ve gone wrong. What has happened? What kind of remedy we can bring?”

Mfusi congratulated the DA, and thanked ANC supporters in their traditional strongholds in the province for their continued support.

“I must say we are elated by our people for coming out in their numbers in casting their vote because this was a hard-won democracy that people have a right to choose their own government,” he said.

The DA, on the other hand, said it was humbled by the trust citizens in most of the province had placed in the party.

DA provincial chairman Anton Bredell said while the party appeared to have increased its support in the province, it by no means meant they would rest on their laurels.

“We are very pleased with the outcome but it also brings a huge responsibility. Poverty is catching up with us. We will need to put in a huge effort to service the people … and with that there’s also urbanisation — 76%-plus people in the Western Cape will move to cities and the cities must be ready for that,” said Bredell.

“There’s also population growth — we estimate an extra 2 million people in the next 25 years coming to the Western Cape. Are we ready? Are there resources? It’s going to be a huge pressure on our councillors to get the infrastructure right, maintain their current infrastructure, build new infrastructure and protect our resources – that will be the challenge over the next five years.”

While the DA appeared set to increase its support to a more than two-thirds majority, it would also most likely enter into coalitions with smaller parties in some councils where they could not secure an outright majority.

The PR (proportional representation) results for the 24 local municipalities in the Western Cape, in percentage terms, are:

— Drakenstein (DA – 65.7 %, ANC – 25.4 %, EFF – 2.3 %);

— Stellenbosch (DA – 70.85 %, ANC – 18.2 %, EFF – 3.5 %);

— Breede Valley (DA – 54.4 %, ANC – 29.9 %, Breedevallei onafhanklik – 8.4 %);

— Witzenberg (DA – 46.2 % , ANC – 33 %, Witzenberg Aksie – 5 %);

— Langeberg (DA – 51 %, ANC – 27.3 %, People’s Democratic Movement – 4.3 percent);

— George (DA – 55.7 %, ANC -29 %, Plaaslike Besorgde Inwoners – 3.3 %);

— Mossel Bay (DA – 60.8 %, ANC – 26.4 %, Icosa – 4.7 %);

— Hessequa (ANC – 46.5 %, DA – 44.5 %, FF Plus – 5.1 %);

— Bitou (DA – 48.5 %, ANC – 40.7 %, Active United Front – 5.2 %);

— Knysna (DA – 50.8 % , ANC – 33.2 %, Cope 6.3 %);

— Beaufort West (DA – 49.1 %, ANC – 41.8 %, Karoo Democratic Force – 5.1 %)

— Oudtshoorn (DA – 55.5 %, ANC – 27.1 %, Icosa 6.1 %);

— Kannaland (Icosa – 48.5 %, DA – 28.3 %, ANC – 21.8 %);

–Laingsburg (DA – 43.8 percent, ANC – 46.1 %, Karoo Ontwikkelings Party – 7 %);

— Prins Albert (DA – 33.4 %. ANC – 31 %, Karoo Gemeenskaps Party – 33 %);

— Matzikama (DA – 54.6 %, ANC – 34.7 %, United Demorats – 3.1 %);

— Cederberg (DA – 55.3 %, ANC – 35.9 %, Alliance of Democratic Congress – 5.6 %);

— Bergriver (DA – 64.1 %, ANC – 32.6 %, FF Plus – 1.7 %);

— Saldanha Bay (DA – 62.3 %, ANC – 29.8 %, EFF – 2 %);

— Swartland (DA – 71.3 %, ANC -24.3 %, EFF – 2.7 %);

— Theewaterskloof (DA – 52.3 %, ANC – 36.7 %, United Front of the Eastern Cape – 3.5 %);

— Overstrand (DA – 64.6 %, ANC – 31.2 %, EFF – 1.8 %);

— Cape Agulhas (DA – 54 %, ANC – 30.3 %, Dienslewerings Party 9.5 %); and

— Swellendam (DA – 48.3 %, ANC – 44.8 %, FF Plus – 2 %)

– African News Agency (ANA)

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