KNYSNA NEWS - Although Knysna DA came out triumphant after the ward 5 by-elections on Wednesday (21 August), they lost a large percentage to the new kid on the block, Knysna Independent Movement in the Brenton and Belvidere area.
In 2016, the DA secured 75% and 100% votes in these areas respectively; but this time around KIM secured 75% and 74% in the areas - leaving the DA to suffer from the latter.
The DA’s political head in Knysna, DA MP Dion George said despite the party losing votes in the area, they are pleased with the results.
“KIM caused a little storm. I am not sure whether this independent movement wants to be independent from the rest of the country as they are anti-development. The DA is non-apologetic and is a party for everyone and supports sensible development. It is not a party for exclusivity. The voters have spoken and we are happy with the results.”
George went on to say that KIM based their campaign on bad-mouthing the former mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies.
KIM’s Susan Campbell said she didn’t expect such figures: "We’re a brand-new party so for us to beat the DA in their strongholds is a big deal. If there are by-elections in ward 9 and 10, I am no political analyst, but I can tell you now the DA is going to lose.”
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