DA makes clean sweep as it wins ward by-elections

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal is in high spirits celebrating its overwhelming victory in ward by-elections.

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal is in high spirits celebrating its overwhelming victory in ward by-elections.

The DA won four wards out of the six that were contested yesterday. They won three out of four wards that were contested in the eThekwini municipality. The fourth ward was taken by the ANC.

In the Msunduzi municipality, Pietermaritzburg, the DA won the only contested ward, while the ANC won the only ward that was contested in Dannhauser in the midlands.

The vacancies occurred when councillors were deployed to the provincial legislature, national Parliament and after resignations.

The ANC, DA, IFP and Cope contested the by-elections. Cope lost dismally.

The next round of the by-elections will be held next month.

DA caucus leader in the provincial legislature John Steenhuisen said the results were an indication that the party was building upon its substantial growth in the 2009 general elections.

Steenhuisen described their clean sweep as a sign of confidence from voters.

"This shows that people view us as the only alternative to the ruling ANC and it bodes well for us as we prepare for local government elections in 2011," he said.

IEC provincial chief electoral officer Mawethu Mosery said the process went off very well and no incidents were reported.

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