ANC loses Ward 07 to PA

The African National Congress (ANC) has lost the City of Johannesburg’s Ward 07 to the Patriotic Alliance (PA) following the by-elections which took place yesterday, 28 June.

By Ottis Manyoba

The seat became vacant after former ANC Cllr Amelia Zama, resigned and jumped ship to the join the PA. The by-election was marred by low voter turnout with 6 971 votes cast from the 20 589 registered voters.

In the 2021, Local Government elections, it was a tight race between the ANC and PA with the former receiving 3 571 votes and the latter pulling 3 199.

This time around, the PA emerged victorious with 3 233 votes while the ANC only managed to pull 1 684.

Nine candidates appeared on the ballot including the Democratic Alliance’s candidate, Randell Markgraaff who pulled out of the race.

Herewith results in ascending order:

  • PA’s Lois Cathleen Simonse – 3 233
  • ANC’s Sipho Maxin Lukhele – 1 684
  • Action SA’s Luvuyo Kamba – 1 000
  • EFF’s Thabiso Godfrey Thuputlela – 583
  • Randell Markgraaff – 241
  • Independent candidate Amelia Ann Naude – 69
  • Al Jama Ah’s Mxolisi Vuma – 67
  • IFP’s Royston Wynston Williams – 19
  • Amalgated Rainbow Movement’s Theophilus Emanuel Louw – 10

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