DA scoops by-elections

The Democratic Alliance has won two of the three by-elections in KwaZulu-Natal , the Independent Electoral Commission said yesterday.

The Democratic Alliance has won two of the three by-elections in KwaZulu-Natal , the Independent Electoral Commission said yesterday.

The by-elections took place on Wednesday.

IEC provincial spokesperson Thabani Ngwira said the third ward, in eNquthu, was won by Inkatha Freedom Party.

"The DA received 97,72percent of the vote in ward 10 in eThekwini and 63,18percent in Newcastle. The IFP won by 83,16 percent in eNquthu."

DA member of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature John Steenhuisen, pictured, said the win meant that his party would do well in the upcoming local government elections

"These by-elections speak volumes about the continued growth of the DA following on from the 2009 general election results and the choice of the DA as the only alternative to the ANC," Steenhuisen said.

The DA had increased its share of the result from 77,7percent in the 2009 general elections to 97,7percent in this by-election in eThekwini Municipality's ward 10.

DA candidate Gillian Noyce trounced IFP candidate Coenraad Selzer and the ANC's Dumezweni Ndlovu.

Ndlovu made headlines when it emerged on the eve of the by-election that he had been sentenced to four years after being convicted of theft and hijacking in 1999.

The ANC did not remove Ndlovu as a candidate as it was too late to field another candidate. The party has since said it would haul Ndlovu before a disciplinary committee for not disclosing that he had a criminal record.

Steenhuisen criticised the ANC for not withdrawing Ndlovu, saying that it was an insult to voters.

He said the ANC's poor track-record in eThekwini, and alienation of ratepayers had resulted in the sharp decline from 14,13 percent to 1,8percent when compared with the ANC's performance in 2009.

"The IFP demonstrated their continual decline with a woeful 0,4 percent and what appeared to be an election campaign that reflected the lack of direction of the party as a whole," Steenhuisen said. - Sapa

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