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I was overwhelmed when I heard the news.” Ward 48, which covers Gatesville, Rylands, Penlyn Estate, parts of Mountview, Belthorne Estate, Belgravia and Penlyn Estate, was previously an ANC ward, and Musthapha Murudker was ward councillor from 2006. But Murudker stepped down and Ernst Coert was put up as the ANC candidate for the 2011 municipal elections. Coert says they are “saddened and disappointed”. “We are sad, as Ward 48 has been an ANC stronghold for 17 years, and we worked extremely hard with our campaigning. “We did door-to-door campaigning and tried to win the people over. When I spoke to the residents I made it clear that I could only make measurable promises, but they decided to not vote for us. “We will be looking at ways we can better services, and even though I wasn’t elected as councillor I will still help the people and hold the DA accountable for issues in the area.” Murudker says: “The people have spoken and that is what they want.” “I am a little disappointed. I expected the ANC to do much better, but now that the results are out we need to sit down and analyse the results and make sure that the DA delivers to the people. “I can’t understand why the ANC did so poorly, but we have a lot of work to do before the 2014 general election.” Murudker also adds that he will still help the people of the area even though he is no longer councillor. The areas the ANC did manage to retain are Ward 41, which covers Tambo Village and Gugulethu, and Ward 42, which covers Sherwood Park and parts of Gugulethu. Maneli Msindwana, who won Ward 41 for the ANC, says he is “very happy that the people put their trust in the party”. “We won by a great majority, and I am pleased. The people have spoken and now we will deliver. We hope to make positive changes in the lives of our residents.” Coetzee Ntotoviyane, the ANC candidate who won Ward 42, says he was elated to hear he was elected to stand for the people for the second time. “I am happy, but I expected to win because I delivered to the people. My plan is to show the ANC’s dignity and to work very hard for the people. I want to find ways to bring about job creation for our youth and the unemployed, so they can empower themselves and also look where housing developments can take place as decent homes are what people need.” Mario Wanza, the chairperson of Proudly Manenberg who stood as an independent candidate in Ward 42 and 46, received a total 411 votes for councillor on Wednesday. He says this is the first time he has participated as a candidate on behalf of the organisation, and that they were hoping to win at least a ward. “Proudly Manenberg will continue to do what we do, and the people will probably only see their councillor when the next elections come around. We will keep working and we also plan to stand again in the next election,” Wanza says. Suzette Little, the DA councillor who won Ward 49, which covers Parktown, Silvertown, Bokmakierie, Kewtown, Bridgetown and Athlone, says she is “extremely pleased” to have won. 18 Hazel Road, Gatesville (opp BP Garage) Tel 021-638 3375/3188 DETERMINED: Athlone voters turned up in their number to play their part in keeping democracy entrenched in South African society. Here Faheem Benjamin waits for his turn to vote at the Athlone Baptist Church. See pages 2, 3, 4 and 5 for more on the elections. Photo: Andre Bakkes “I am happy because now I can continue with plans which I started in a bid to help the whole community “I will be holding a public meeting, but in addition to that I will be visiting each and every home from Wednesday 1 June to hear from them what they need in the area.” She added that she is humbled by the decision of Ward 49 residents to have her as councillor again. Anthony Moses, the DA councillor who won Ward 44, which covers Heideveld, Cathkin, Vanguard Estate, Welcome Estate and parts of Gugulethu, says: “I expected to win, based on the work we did in the area.” “It’s great that we have won, be- cause it shows we are doing good work and that the people are happy with it. Now that I am councillor, I will continue to work hard for what the people need.” Junade Hoosain, the DA candidate who will cover Ward 46, which comprises a section of Manenberg, Newfields and a section of Hanover Park, says he “feels good” about the victory. “This is all very overwhelming, but the people have decided on who they want, so now it’s time for me to deliver,” Hoosain says. In a press release from Cape Town, Premier Helen Zille said the DA would like to Gateway Optical Centre thank each and every South African who gave them their vote on Wednesday. “We will work very hard over the next five years to justify their trust in us and make good on our promise of delivery for all. “The DA’s purpose is to build a non-racial alternative in South Africa that governs well and delivers for all. In short, we stand for delivery and diversity, redress and reconciliation. 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