The DA saw yet another victory in Midvaal despite recent protests which saw the area burning and some residents complaining about lack of service delivery amongst other issues.
The recent spate of protests started when the municipal employees affiliated to SAMWU went on an illegal strike barricading the Meyerton streets and closing down the municipality building. In what has been called the most hotly contested election in South Africa since the dawn of democracy, the Midvaal Local Municipality will remain a DA-led Council.
The DA won 11 out of 15 wards in Wednesday’s elections, increasing their majority to 59.7%.
In a statement, the Midvaal said DA’s victory comes despite violent protests which have rocked the municipality in the month leading up to the election, first with a SAMWU-led illegal strike of municipal employees, followed by the residents of Sicelo and in the past few days, illegal land invasions in the Piels Farm area.
“Throughout this trying period, the DA has maintained that they will retain the municipality, a prediction which has come true.” The ANC has garnered 32% of the votes, a drop from the 41% support they had in 2011, the EFF 4.8% and the FF+ 3%.
A council meeting will be convened in due course, to officially instate the new Council and Mayoral Committee. An ecstatic Bongani Baloyi, the returning Mayor of Midvaal, had this to say: “We are of course extremely happy with this result – we said we will increase our majority, and we have done so, which is proof that our people trust us.
Residents of Midvaal can expect a continuation of the excellent service delivery which they are used to, and we will resume our hard work to make progress in areas of our municipality where more development is required. The next 5 years are going to be extremely exciting as we move Midvaal forward to claim its rightful place as the best municipality in Gauteng!” – Fanelo Maseko