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DA retains city ward

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Griqua currently occupies a seat in council at Sol Plaatje Municipality as an ANC proportional representative councillor.

Picture: Soraya Crowie

THE DA has retained Ward 28 following the municipal ward by-election that was held on Wednesday, which was contested by the ANC, DA and EFF.

The ward became vacant after the former DA ward councillor, Shaine Griqua, resigned in January to return to the ANC.

Griqua currently occupies a seat in council at Sol Plaatje Municipality as an ANC proportional representative councillor.

The DA scored a majority of 54.97 percent of the vote in Ward 28 on Wednesday, which is slightly lower than the 60.09 percent that it secured in the 2016 municipal elections.

DA candidate Herbert Bassil Japhta received 1 222 votes, while the ANC’s Sebrina Tempest Engelbrecht secured 923 votes and Gizelle van Wyk from the EFF scored a total of 78 votes.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) there was a 50.66 percent voter turn-out at the polls, with a total of 2 259 votes cast.

There are 4 459 registered voters in the ward. There were 36 (1.59 percent) spoilt votes.

DA provincial leader Andrew Louw was pleased that the party had managed to retain the ward despite the low voter turn-out.

“The successful candidate, Herbert Japhta, has been a proud resident of Colville for 52 years. He was employed at Sol Plaatje Municipality as an electrical apprentice, marketing and resorts manager before he retired. He holds a national qualifications framework 6 qualification in public management from the University of the Free State. We have no doubt that he has the experience and the passion required to properly serve the people of Colville, Beaconsfield and Greenside,” said Louw.

ANC provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga also welcomed the by-election results. He indicated that the ANC had “more than doubled” its electoral support in the ward.

“We are humbled by the continued support and would like to thank our members and supporters who came out and displayed confidence in the ANC. We will continue to do work in the ward to ensure that on May 8 we increase our electoral support in the ward once again,” said Ngxanga.