Recent by elections in the Western Cape were won by the Democratic Alliance. In Ward 44 in parts of Gugulethu and Heideveld, the DA received 60.5 percent of the votes, up from 21.6 percent of the vote in the last election in 2006.
And in Ward 12 in Caledon’s Theewaterskloof municipality, where the DA received only 6.6 percent in 2006, the party garnered more than 60 percent.
Ward 44′s previous incumbent, Nombulelo Ntoko, was shot dead by her boyfriend on April 8. In Theewaterskloof’s Ward 12, the ANC councillor was removed for breaching the Councillors’ Code of Conduct by missing five successive council meetings without excuses or reasons.