Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has announced that the DA will be the largest party in Nelson Mandela Bay and will speak to opposition parties about forming a coalition.
He ruled out partnering with the African National Congress‚ however‚ saying: “We’ve run this election on the basis of change so I’m speaking to other opposition parties.”
He said: “It’s quite exciting for us. This gives us a great opportunity to set up a government there.”
A confident DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip agreed. “From what we understand there are only a few voting stations left which are not belonging to any party.”
He said he was confident that the voting districts that still needed to be tallied would not make a difference.
Ballot papers found in a tent outside the Electoral Commission results centre in Nelson Mandela Bay had already been captured, the IEC has said.
The papers were found near a tent at the Eastcape Training Centre in Zwide, angering the ANC and EFF who – by late afternoon – were trailing the DA at the polls.
By 6pm, the DA had 49.49% of the votes, the ANC 39.25% and EFF 4.87%.
But, DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip said the discovery was “predictable”.
“The ANC is panicking, it’s the same old movie,” he said.
ANC provincial deputy chairman Sakhumzi Somyo said: “We are surprised because ballot papers are supposed to be kept in a place of safety and secured. Now that we hear stories about the ballot papers that have been found near the counting station is a shock to us.
“We have asked our team at Nelson Mandela Bay to find out what happened and give us explanation. It will depend on what explanation we get, if indeed it needs a follow up we will do so.”
EFF regional co-ordinator Zilindile Vena said the police had to be called in if there was any criminal element involved.
“We will not play in the hands of the ANC. They are scared of losing the metro and now they are doing this. This is just a scam by the ANC, they don’t want to accept the results and now they are creating mayhem,” Vena said.
IEC regional supervisor Crosby Bacela confirmed all ballots found in the tent had been captured already.
“I was actually being sensitised by [ANC official and former Bay mayor] Mr [Nceba] Faku and I was coming to check this. But now this is what I witnessed. The box was torn while the people were packing it to archive,” Bacela said.
When asked if the discovery of the ballots compromised the IEC’s credibility, Bacela agreed that it should not have been left in an exposed area but said it would not affect results.
“I don’t think there is any question about the credibility of the results. Any ballot that is here has been counted, they either fell out of the box when the people were packing them. Any ballot paper that has been exposed is regarded as serious,” he said.
Bacela said the ballots would be packed and moved to a warehouse.
Meanwhile the IEC visited a site in the Kragga Kamma area after pictures circulated on Facebook of discarded ballot boxes, but the IEC said the boxes were empty.
The DA has snatched the hotly contested Kouga Municipality from the ANC. The DA took the municipality in the 2016 local government elections with 57.4% of the votes while the ANC secured 40.1%.
The DA took 17 seats in the council with the ANC trailing behind with 12 seats. In the 2011 municipal elections, the ANC won 49% of the votes and the DA 48%.
DA MP Elza van Lingen, who is the party’s Kouga mayoral candidate, said this morning she was elated with the news. “It is a victory.
Not just a win. It makes it so wonderful that the people who came to the DA manifesto have now given us a mandate to govern,” she said. Van Lingen said the DA retained six of its wards and won two new wards in yesterday’s election.
The party held onto Ward 3, Ward 4, Ward 5, Ward 8, Ward 11 and Ward 12. They managed to add Ward 14 and Ward 15.
“We will not just lead by one seat like the ANC, it is very encouraging that the people of Kouga are trusting us to lead them,” Van Lingen said.
The ANC led with a one seat majority inthe previous council. Kouga Municipality is made up of nine towns – Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Oyster Bay, Patensie, Hankey, Loerie and Thornhill.
A number of smaller settlements make up the municipality. Sarah Baartman ANC regional secretary Scara Njadayi confirmed the DA’s win. “They have won it with an outright majority, ” Njandayi said.
Asked what went wrong with their Kouga campaign, Njadayi said most of their voters did not go to the polls. “The timing of the election was not in our favour.
The weather also was a problem because the voter turnout in our stronghold areas was very low.” But he conceded that it was always going to be a tight race between the ANC and DA.
Njadayi said the ANC would work hard to win back the Kouga Municipality in the 2021 local government elections.
“We will need to regroup and work out a strategy for the next local government elections. However, we are not going to be a mild opposition.
We will be disciplined but militant.” The remaining votes for Kouga were split between the EFF, VF Plus, ACDP and an independent councillor.
Olympic crown only global title to escape host nation
Brazil is still agonising over its World Cup soccer disaster and is counting on Barcelona star Neymar to finally deliver a treasured first football Olympic gold medal.
Olympic gold is the only international title to elude Brazil in an illustrious history that has seen A Selecao win five World Cups.
And Brazilian football is in desperate need of a pick-me-up after a humiliating 7-1 semifinal defeat to Germany at their own World Cup two years ago and a group stage exit at the Copa America Centenario in June.
Golden boy Neymar has been untarnished by the failures.
Two broken vertebrae in his back suffered near the end of a quarterfinal win over Colombia left Brazil without their talisman against the Germans in 2014.
Neymar skipped the Copa America, part of an agreement between the Brazilian federation and Barcelona, to ensure the star was fresh for the Olympics.
Failure in the Copa America had sealed Dunga’s fate as Brazil coach for a second time.
Rogerio Micale will take charge after leading Brazil to the Under20 World Cup final last year.
Like the fans, he also expects Neymar to deliver.
“I want to be dependent on Neymar,” Micale said. “What coach in the world would not want a Neymar in their team?
“He has exceeded my expectations. Neymar is appreciated and has a huge heart, especially around the younger players.
“He has shown that he is more than just a great player – he is a great man admired by everybody,” the new coach said.
Neymar was in the Brazil side that was shocked by Mexico in the final of the 2012 Olympics, but even the likes of Ronaldo and Ronaldinho have failed when charged with delivering gold.
However, Brazil are strong favourites to end their wait – as on top of home advantage, they also possess by far the strongest squad on paper.
Each team is restricted to just three players over the age of 23 in their 18-man squads.
Wonder kids Gabriel Barbosa and Gabriel Jesus, both tipped to make big money moves to Europe from Santos and Palmeiras respectively after the Games, will support Neymar in attack.
Paris Saint Germain defender Marquinhos and Neymar’s Barcelona teammate, Rafinha, are also among Micale’s squad.
Brazil open their campaign today against South Africa in Brasilia, one of six Olympic football host cities, before facing Iraq and Denmark in Group A.
Their biggest threat is likely to come from rivals Argentina.
Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa and Giovanni Simeone son of Atletico boss Diego Simeone – formed a lethal partnership in scoring 13 goals to win the 2015 South American Under-20 championships to qualify fro Rio.
Argentina face Portugal today in an opening round at the Rio Olympic stadium.
The group also contains Honduras and Algeria.
World champions Germany can call on the experience of the Bender twins, Lars and Sven, of Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund respectively, as two of their overage players.
A return to Brazil holds particularly fond memories for Dortmund fullback Matthias Ginter, who was part of the German squad that won the World Cup two years ago.
Ginter, 22, has shown his commitment to the cause by flying almost 20 000km in four days, as he headed back from China with Dortmund on Friday before jetting off to Brazil.
“I’m still young and you have to take the chances offered to you,” Ginter said. “The Olympics are special. We’re all motivated and want to reach the final in Rio.”
Germany start against 2012 gold medallists Mexico in Salvador before facing Fiji and South Korea in Group C.
Group B appears the closest to call as Sweden, Colombia, Nigeria and Japan all have ambitions of reaching the quarterfinals
The man charged with fixing EP Rugby’s cash problems has predicted it could take the troubled union “five years to emerge from this dark tunnel”.
This was said by EP’s SA Rugby Union-appointed administrator, Monde Tabata, in a letter to clubs ahead of the union’s liquidation hearing in a Port Elizabeth court today.
In a letter leaked to The Herald, Tabata listed scenarios faced by EP Rugby as it tries to recover from a crippling cash crisis.
Tabata also gave clubs an indication of scenarios facing the union as it attempts to rise from the ashes.
“The business of the company will be run by a liquidator and he will displace and supplant the board and [chief executive] of EP Rugby (Pty) Ltd.
“The court has appointed a provisional liquidator who will probably be confirmed as a liquidator [today],” he wrote.
“The liquidator will in time indicate how he will proceed to manage the EPRU (Pty) Ltd.
“The EPRU, which is not under liquidation, will be responsible and will continue to run rugby as per the decision of clubs and section 28 of the Saru constitution.
“Saru will run the Super Rugby side. Only one source of funding – the challenge around this area is huge.
“The PTY is 100% owned by the union. It is therefore likely that the liquidator, who will require funds to conduct the business of the PTY, will seek to utilise the same pot of money as the one that will be utilised to run the union and the Super Rugby team.
“It will take us five years to emerge from this dark tunnel.
“EPRU will rise from this major setback stronger.”
Tabata said he and Saru chief executive Jurie Roux would be meeting with the liquidator to seek ways of working together in the interests of EP Rugby constituents.
“The situation at EPRU is moving in a direction that we hoped could be avoided,” Tabata said.
“The final liquidation order against EP Rugby (PTY) Ltd is inevitable after a Herculean effort to find an investor to underwrite the business rescue plan failed at the last hurdle.”
No finality could be reached on Tuesday on a Saru proposal about the Kings playing in the First Division and the Leopards being promoted to the Premier Division.
The proposal was circulated to the 13 provincial unions and they had the until the close of business on Tuesday to provide their response.
If it had been approved, the Leopards – who finished fourth in the qualifying competition – would have replaced the EP Kings and joined the other qualifiers (Griquas, Boland and the Pumas) in the Currie Cup Premier Division this season.
EP would then have joined the Griffons, South Western Districts, Border, Falcons and Welwitschias in the First Division.
It has been revealed that the unions did not unanimously approve the proposal (which is required when it is done by correspondence, rather than in a meeting) and SA Rugby is said to be working through other alternatives with various stakeholders.
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An African National Congress (ANC) complaint that its votes were being given to the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) caused drama at the Electoral Commission of SA’s (IEC’s) operations centre in Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday.
ANC party agents and members present at the centre complained to the IEC that votes for the ANC in Ward 38‚ KwaNoxolo‚ had instead been credited to the ACDP.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party agent Bastian Bosch challenged IEC regional supervisor Crosby Bacela’s decision to capture the results even though there was a dispute.
Bosch was unhappy there was no formal written complaint about the Ward 38 results.
“Our votes were given to ACDP‚ which didn’t even contest that ward‚” said ANC Eastern Cape executive committee member Andile Lungisa.
The ANC also lodged a dispute with the IEC about the result in Helenvale‚ which was won by the Democratic Alliance (DA).
“There was a problem with the ballot boxes which we have complained about officially‚” Lungisa said
As the results of yesterday’s municipal elections continue to develop‚ Twitter users have created a hashtag poking fun at the Democratic Alliance.
As it stands it seems as if the DA is making gains on the ANC.
While final results in many wards have yet to be finalised‚ Twitter users are already nervous at potential DA victories across the country.
The hashtag #IfDAWins has quickly gained momentum‚ topping the trends list on Twitter.
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#IfDAWins Sarafina will never play on TV.
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— #P1_OOV (@daz_inc_) August 4, 2016
— Thendo_SD (@Thendosd) August 4, 2016
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— Siya B. (@Siya_bu) August 4, 2016
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The ANC has so far put on a strong showing in parts of Nelson Mandela Bay – snatching three wards from the DA in Port Elizabeth’s northern areas and Colchester – despite losing Kouga Municipality to the DA.
Preliminary results released today show that the ANC also won back two wards it had previously lost to independent candidate Andile Gqabi, in KwaNobuhle (Ward 42), and the UDM, in the KwaMagxaki, Veeplaas area (Ward 30).
The gains are likely to push the ANC’s ward seats up from the 33 it held in council. However, in a major blow to the party, despite mayoral candidate Danny Jordaan’s spirited campaign, the ANC failed to win back Helenvale’s Ward 13 from the DA.
The DA received 73.9% of the vote, while the ANC got 20%. The ANC did not contest KwaNobuhle’s Ward 43, a former stronghold which has now been won by the EFF. EFF deputy chairman Bo Madwara said its party agents indicated that the EFF had taken control of Ward 43 in KwaNobuhle.
“This is the first time the EFF contested the elections and we are very pleased with the votes so far,”Madwara said. By 10am today, the final results were yet to be captured and loaded by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
However, with 40% of the votes captured, the DA was leading the scoreboard with 55.6%, with the ANC trailing with 34.7%. The ANC, DA, UDM and EFF have confirmed the results of wards 29 (KwaNoxolo), 31 (Missionvale), 53 (Uitenhage to Colchester), 30 and 43.
Gqabi could not be reached for comment. ANC regional task team coordinator Bheza Ntshona said the results from all its party agents showed the ANC had won more than five additional wards, only losing Ward 43.
“We had big numbers and big wins in Ward 42 and Ward 30,” Ntshona said. “These results show that the people are showing confidence back to the ANC.”
ANC councillor Rory Riordan said people should be careful of predicting results. “So far, we have taken three wards from the DA and one from the UDM. We are actually in the stronger position now,” he said.
“However, an election is an unstable thing until the IEC signs the documents. We don’t know what the final outcome will be, but we are not scared.”
The boundaries for three former DA wards – 29, 31 and 53 – were recently changed, playing a huge role in the DA’s footing in the wards, DA northern areas constituency leader Edmund Van Vuuren said.
“The DA has retained its support in the northern areas and I am absolutely pleased with the work of our councillors,” Van Vuuren said.
“The ANC took Ward 31, but obviously this is a result of the changes in demarcation which favoured the ANC. “Algoa Park and Windvogel were removed, and this made the difference for them, which was the plan.”
He said despite not clinching wards 29 and 31, the DA had increased its percentages. Helenvale’s new ward councillor, Pieter Hermaans – who was the ANC ward councillor between 2006 and 2011 but later joined the DA – said was humbled and excited by his win.
“I want us all to look forward now. We are ready to govern and ready to unite our people now,” Hermaans said. “We will not be stopped by anyone because we have received a clear mandate from our people.”
Helenvale’s ANC candidate Nico du Plessis – who recently defected from the DA – said he was disappointed by the result.
“There seemed to be things that are drastically wrong at some voting stations,” Du Plessis said. “We cannot pinpoint it at the moment, but I received some reports from party agents that there was a shortage of ballot boxes at one voting station.
“The ballot boxes were emptied into plastic bags to make more space, but later those initial ballots went missing.” Du Plessis claimed that at another voting station, party agents alleged that an IEC official had been instructing voters to vote for the DA.
“The mayor [Jordaan] was in Helenvale on voting day and the people seemed happy to see him. “The support appeared huge and this is why something seems to be drastically w ro n g , ” Du Plessis said. Former KwaMagxaki (Ward 30) councillor Mandla Faltein, who lost to the ANC, was not convinced that the election results were a true reflection of how the residents felt.
“It is unfortunate that the majority had voted for the ANC, because we as the UDM in the ward had done our best to satisfy ever yone,” Faltein said.
“Just a week before the elections, the ANC campaigned vigorously bringing in their top dogs, trying to lobby voters with food parcels and sport uniforms.” – Additional reporting by Yoliswa Sobuwa and Melitta Ngalonkulu
Residents express keenness for change in PE’s northern areas
An impressive turnout of younger voters was seen as a positive sign in one of Nelson Mandela Bay’s most troubled districts – the violence-torn and gang-plagued northern areas.
Thousands of northern areas residents braved the wet and icy conditions as they stood toe-totoe to vote yesterday.
Booysen Park Community Hall hit the ground running with more than 400 people snaking around the building by 7am.
Presiding officer Jacobus Smith said more than 6 500 voters had been registered at the hall.
“This voting station is the biggest in the northern areas – fortunately we have had no incidents and all is running smoothly.
“The only problem I foresee is that we might run out of ballot papers but I have requested more.
“So it looks as if we will be here for a while,” Smith said.
However, many voters opted to leave the lengthy queue leading up to the voting station tent in Booysen Park’s 7de Laan because of the weather.
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The ANC and UDM have now confirmed that ANC has reclaimed control of the hotly contested Ward 30 which includes Veeplaas and KwaMagxaki.
Both had earlier claimed victory in the ward, which the UDM snatched from the ANC in a by-election in August last year.
The ANC’s regional task team coordinator Bheza Ntshona said the total results for Ward 30 had already been tallied and the ANC had come out on top.
“We have won Ward 30. It’s the UDM that doesn’t want to accept that we have taken back the ward,” Ntshona said.
The UDM’s candidate and former ward councillor Mandla Faltein confirmed at about 7am that the party had lost the ward.
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