Flagging ANC retains Kraaifontein wards as EFF makes gains

Ward 6 is an ANC stronghold. Pictured is a park on Chaskalson Crescent in Wallacedene.

The ANC has held on to two of its wards in the Kraaifontein area albeit with sagging support.

It won Ward 6 with 57%, down from 62% in 2016, and Ward 101 with 63%, down sharply from 84% in 2016.

The party’s Siviwe Nodliwa, 47, will be filling the councillor’s seat in Ward 6, taking over from Simphiwe Nonkeyizana, while ANC councillor Siyabonga Duka has retained his seat in Ward 101. He took over from councillor Luyanda Mbele, who was gunned down in 2018

The EFF came second in the Ward 6 with 21.47%, up sharply from 4.9% in 2016, followed by the DA with 15.13%, down from 24% in 2016.

The EFF also came second in Ward 101 with 22.8%, again up sharply from 4.7% in 2016, followed by the DA, which was static at 8%.

The DA polled 56% and 79.5% in the NG Kerk Moedergemeente Kraaifontein and Bottelary Primary School voting districts in Ward 6 but the ANC won the remaining six districts in the ward with 65.9% at the Nkani and Alexander Street temporary voting station; 65% at the temporary voting station at the corner of Nqakula Road and Barker Street; 63.6% at Enkululekweni Primary School; 67% at Hector Peterson High School; 57.8% at the Wallacedene community hall; and 57% at the Masakhane Educare Centre.

The ward abuts Botfontein Smallholdings (Crammix Bricks); Scottsdene, north of Eoan Way and La Boheme Avenue; Wallacedene, south of Mphandle Street, Maroela Street, Thakudi Road, Fukuse Street and east of the Kraaifontein police station.

Incoming ANC Ward 6 councillor Siviwe Nodliwa, right, celebrates his win.

A former personal assistant to Mr Nonkeyizana, Mr Nodliwa claims he will present a new plan to the ward, which will mainly deal with the empowerment of women and youth, the electrification of temporary residential areas, crime, and the rehabilitation of infrastructure, among other things.

Mr Nodliwa says his first order of business will be to persuade council to relocate the councillor’s office from the Wallacedene community hall as he feels it is not accessible for disabled people.

Mr Duka did not respond to questions at the time of writing.

ANC ward 101 councillor Siyabonga Duka retains his seat, despite declining support.