Topic: SA: ANC takes 2/3 of votes in local elections
Babbler # 4795
posted 05 March 2006 11:53 AM
quote:(Capetown) South Africa's governing African National Congress won two-thirds of council seats in local elections, final results released Saturday showed.
The ANC's victory in the Wednesday balloting was better than expected, given recent protests over corrupt local government officials and slow progress in improving housing, sanitation and other basic services.
The ANC won 223 councils with 66.3 per cent of the vote, compared with 59 per cent at the last elections in 2000, the final tally showed. The white-led Democratic Alliance won 10 councils with 14.7 per cent of the vote.
The ANC suffered its only real setback in Cape Town, where it lost control of the city council and came in second to the Democratic Alliance.
"Our movement has emerged from the elections stronger than ever before, having increased its support within our system of local government," South African President Thabo Mbeki said in a statement.
Mbeki promised Saturday to speed the delivery of services to millions of poor blacks. The ANC has governed since the start of multiparty democracy in 1994.
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