Port Elizabeth – The United Democratic Movement has taken Ward
30 from the ANC in a by-election held in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.
“Credit must go to our young man there who grew up in
the UDM,” party leader Bantu Holomisa told News24 on Thursday.
“The message to our ward councillor is, he must at all
times be a mere conveyor belt and take all the needs of the people straight to
the municipality, and then [give] feedback, keep the people informed… He must
The ward was contested by the African National Congress, the
Democratic Alliance and the UDM.
The ward became vacant when the previous ANC councillor died.
Earlier this year, the ANC elected SA Football Association
president Danny Jordaan as mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay.
Holomisa thanked the people who voted for the UDM’s
candidate Mandla Louis Faltein in Wednesday’s by-election.
He said this was a sign that things were changing
“It’s a good sign but what we need to do now that we
have a footprint there, is work wall-to-wall wards and make sure that for
people to say they will only vote for the ANC in this country is not cast in
“The people have choices to look elsewhere and I hope
that the councillor will rise to the occasion,” Holomisa said.
Other by-election results
By-elections took place in four provinces on Wednesday.
Two by-elections were taking place in the Free State.
The ANC retained both wards in the province – Ward 14 of the
Maluti a Phofung municipality (Qwa-Qwa) and Ward 8 of the Mantsopa municipality
Both wards became vacant when the previous ANC councillors
In Gauteng, Ward 55 in the Tshwane metro municipality was
retained by the DA.
The DA and the ANC both retained their wards in the two
by-elections held in Mpumalanga.
The ANC held onto Ward 3 in the Pixley Ka Seme municipality
(Volksrust), which was uncontested.
The DA also retained Ward 17 in the Mbombela municipality