By-elections: Voters endorse the DA’s difference in government

Issued by Siviwe Gwarube MP – DA National Spokesperson
20 May 2021 in News

Please find attached a soundbite by the DA’s national spokesperson, Siviwe Gwarube MP.

The DA continues to show that it’s stabilising and moving towards a trajectory of growth.

The DA retained all three wards that we contested in Tshwane, with voters rejecting the chaos and corruption of the ANC and instead endorsing the DA-led government as led by Mayor Randall Williams. Mayor Williams was recently re-elected after the DA won court action which we had taken against the ANC’s illegal administration in the metro.

The results of yesterday’s by-elections are a further demonstration that the DA is the most diverse political party in South Africa, with the party growing in a number of communities. Only the DA truly represents the interests of voters from all walks of life.

It is notable that the ANC continues to lose ground in Gauteng metros. The ANC dropped back from 22% in 2016 to 16% of the vote in this round of wards which they contested against the DA. This is a clear indication that South Africans are tired of ANC corruption and poor governance and are ready for real change that will bring about good governance, basic service delivery and an enabling environment for jobs and opportunities.

In Johannesburg where we contested three wards yesterday, our voting outcome was influenced by our previous coalition government. It is message from our voters that we take seriously. This is why we will continue to rebuild trust and our support in these wards as we head towards the local government elections.

This coming weekend, through our #TimeForChange rally, the DA will bring its party structures together in the largest virtual rally ever in South Africa. This is part of campaigning for the Local Government Elections later this year for which the DA is ready.

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