To All DA Supporters in Bitou. Thank you for coming out to vote in huge numbers on 8 May.
Your votes helped win the Western Cape with 55.5% of the Provincial vote, ensuring another 5 years of good governance by the DA.
Most significantly, your votes at the Bitou voting stations amounted to 49.2% (the ANC 40.2%, the EFF 3.43%), which means that, if this election had been a local municipal election, we would have won control, so narrowly missed in 2016.
It also means that we can win outright control in the next Local elections in 2021.
We must pay tribute to all our Councillors and their teams of members and activists who campaigned and worked so hard in their wards, especially the councillors of our DA wards – 1, 2, 4 and 7. In Kurland (ward 1), New Horizons (ward 4) and Kranshoek (ward 7) they faced relentless threats and violent protests orchestrated by the ANC in an effort to render our wards ungovernable. They were brave and steadfast and, what’s more, they won their wards again. In the case of wards1, 2 and 7, they actually increased their percentage of votes.
There was a high level of intimidation in certain areas such as Green Valley, Qolweni, Bossiesgif and parts of New Horizons preventing our DA voters from voting. They were threatened that their houses would be burnt down and their jobs in the municipality taken away.
Thank you to all of you who helped at the Voting Stations, those who monitored the voting process inside for hours on end, those who worked at our tables and who helped feed us during the long hours.
Thank you for the support at our rallies, financial contributions, and participation in our work on the ground to reach voters.
Liz Mundell on behalf of the Bitou Campaign Management Team – Di Butlin, Donald Grant, Wyn Mundell, Dave Swart, Tumi Liwani.