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ANC Statement on By-Election Results

7 May 2009

The African National Congress (ANC) expresses appreciation to its branches for working hard in ensuring the organisation`s good performance in yesterday`s by-elections held in 30 wards. In all the six provinces, the ANC retained all seats, except one, which it lost to the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Randfontein, Gauteng.

The ANC won a seat from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in Umlazi (Eshowe) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). One result is outstanding from KZN, which is a closely contested ward.

The ANC retained 16 seats in the Eastern Cape, six in the Free State, three in KwaZulu-Natal, two in Limpopo, two in the Western Cape and lost one to the DA in Gauteng.

Once again, we would like to thank the voters for showing confidence in our leadership by giving the ANC a renewed mandate to govern in the wards won by the organisation.

Having overwhelmingly won the 2009 elections, the ANC would like to reiterate its commitment to deliver on key priority areas listed in the Election Manifesto. In the words of ANC President Jacob Zuma, the ANC Government will have no reason to fail South Africa on its promise. "The millions of South African voters made us, their public representatives, the custodians of their hopes and dreams," was President Zuma`s message in Parliament yesterday.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
National Spokesperson
African National Congress

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