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DA leader John Steenhuisen. Image: X/@Our_DA

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DA defends high stakes ward

The DA has been able to retain a highly contested ward in Grabouw in the Western Cape during the recent by-election.

John Steenhuisen deputy president
DA leader John Steenhuisen. Image: X/@Our_DA

The DA has claimed victory after retaining ward 10 in the hotly-contested by-election in the Theewaterskloof Municipality in Grabouw on Wednesday.

The vacancy in the ward was a result of the resignation of the previous ward councillor, according to the Independent Electorate Commission (IEC).

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The ANC, GOOD, Patriotic Alliance (PA), DA, EFF and the People’s Movement for Change (PMC) contested the ward.


DA Western Cape leader Tertuis Simmers congratulated the party’s candidate for the ward Johnathan Smit, saying they were confident he will serve the community with distinction. The party retained the ward with 550 votes.

“In a hotly contested by-election, the DA managed to retain ward 10. We wish to thank our activists, public representatives and staff members for the hard work they have done to achieve this victory. We wish to congratulate Johnathan Smit on being elected today. We are confident that he will serve his ward with distinction.

Voters chose a party that really cares, that ensures excellent service delivery and works hard for the communities it serves.

In the 2024 national and provincial elections later this year, we call on every resident in the Western Cape to ensure that they are registered to keep the Western Cape DA and play their part in rescuing South Africa,” Simmers said.

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The by-election victory comes as the party is gearing up for what they have called the biggest manifesto launch on Saturday.

“The manifesto launch on Saturday, 17 February, in Pretoria, is not merely symbolic; it’s a genuine statement of intent. The executive seat of government is where we set our sights because to govern South Africa, one must be ready to occupy the Union Buildings. With a presence in every province and town, the DA focuses on Pretoria, showcasing our readiness for the upcoming elections.

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Thousands of supporters will gather at Church Square, marching to the Union Buildings, symbolising our unwavering commitment to change. The largest-ever march of DA supporters represents not only our growth but the growing wave of support for a government that puts the people first,” the party said.