“We are confident that our consistently growing support, demonstrated at each by-election, clearly demonstrates the resonance of our message and efforts to improve the conditions of our people on the ground with the electorate,” said Mbalula.
He said his party will continue to ensure that its campaign for this year's election was “grounded on humility” and the commitment to make a better life for all becomes a lived reality.
Though the opposition DA only managed to hold on to one ward in the City of Cape Town while losing a ward to the ANC in Knysna, its leader John Steenhuisen said there were encouraging trends in the results.
“In this regard we welcome yesterday’s announcement that the elections will take place on October 27. The right to vote for your government is one of the most fundamental rights enshrined in our constitution,” he said.
“In a time when South Africans have, over the course of the past year, been forced to surrender to government many of their other hard-fought democratic rights, it is critical that these elections take place and that the balance of power swings back to the citizens, where it belongs.”