The DA is celebrating phenomenal growth after its outright win of Gama-gara ward 7 during a by-election held in Kathu on Wednesday 20 September 2017.
According to Melinda Hattingh, the DA Constituency Head of Kalahari, the DA sup-port grew from 275 votes in the local govern-ment elections last year, to 402 votes on the day. The ANC won only 288 votes and the EFF 11 votes.
Ward 7 continues to be dogged by endless service delivery problems under the ANC-run Gamagara municipality. This, the DA believes, has motivated the people of the lo-cal community to lend their vote to the DA, who has proven time and time again that they care for the people and prioritise ser-vice delivery.
The DA's Hennie Fourie will take up the position of Ward Councillor. He replaces the late Shadrack Moreeng, who previously re-presented the DA in the ward.
Mr Fourie is dedicated and passionate about the community he is to serve and will not rest until he can see a more visible im-provement in the living conditions of the people of ward 7.barrows to residents of ward 7 by the mayor and the ANC ward candidate.
At the same time, the ANC's defeat comes despite the ANC's abuse of state resources in a desperate attempt to win additional votes. In this regard a SUV (with number plate CNR474NC) that is registered in the name of the Northern Cape Provincial Legi-slature, was seen being driven around by VIP Protection Service staff members, transporting ANC voters to and from the vo-ting station in Deben. According to the DA's count, the ANC secured at least 23 votes in this way.
Ms Hattingh confirmed that the DA will re-quest the Office of the Public Protector to investigate the abuse of legislature resour-ces by the ANC for party political gain at the expense of taxpayers.
Considering that the VIP Protection Ser-vices is a branch of the SAPS and that this service is meant to secure the protection of public representatives, not to be misused for party political purposes on the instruction of politicians, the DA will also report this abuse of police resources to the Independent Po-lice Investigative Directorate for investiga-tion.
The DA is confident that the result of this by-election clearly indicates that the people of the Northern Cape have grown tired of the corrupt, self serving and inefficient ANC and that they are hungry for change.
The DA will continue to work hard in the communities, as they have done in ward 7, to spread hope of a better future without the ANC, under a DA government. This is be-cause where the DA governs, they govern well and they have a track record to prove this, according to Ms Hattingh.
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