Overstrand by-elections ­DA in terminal decline

Overstrand by-elections ­DA in terminal decline

16 May 2002

The ANC is very pleased with its performance in yesterday`s by-election in the Overstrand. It is very clear the DA is a party in terminal decline.

The results of the by-election in ward 4 yesterday was as follows:

DA 756 (54.66%) ­Anthony Myles
ANC 416 (30.8%) Achmat Abrahams
ACDP 197 (14.24%)
UDM 14 (1.1%)

What is significant about this result is that in the December 2000 elections, the DA won this ward with a 77% majority. This means the ANC was able to reduce their majority by over 20%!

Furthermore, the ANC won the Stanford voting district, which the DA previously won convincingly. This confirms that the ANC has the support of the majority of poor people.

In ward 2 where the ANC did not contest, an independent candidate lost with a mere 10 votes! This is another confirmation of the DA being a party in terminal decline, even losing in predominantly white areas.

Said the ANC`s Provincial Secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha: "The results of Ward 4, which is a so-called DA stronghold, bodes well for the ANC`s chances in 2004. The DA is fighting a losing battle in trying to maintain its support.

"We are also pleased that the by-election has strengthened the ANC`s structures in the area. We are committed to working with all our communities in bringing about a better life for them.

"The result in ward 2 amounts to a motion of no-confidence in the DA-run municipality."

Issued by:
African National Congress - Western Cape

For further enquiries contact:
Provincial Secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha 082-829-7452, or
Provincial Media Officer Gert Witbooi 082-570-9118.