Northen Cape may hold the key for politicians

Politicians and their supporters are eagerly awaiting the results of Wednesday’s by-elections.By-elections...

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<?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><state w:st="on">Politicians and their supporters are eagerly awaiting the results of Wednesday’s by-elections.

By-elections were held in six provinces, including <state w:st="on">Gauteng, the <state w:st="on">Free State and the <state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Eastern Cape.

However, the <state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Northern Cape is seen as the province which holds the key, with 15 wards being contested by the African National Congress, the Independent Democratic and Congress of the People.

In recent months the ANC has seen councillors defecting to other parties, but Jesse Duarte is confident of a good showing.

“We very positive. People have turned up in their numbers to vote for the ANC,” says <place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Duarte.

The ID’s Patricia de <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Lille says the ruling party is guilty of intimidation at the polls, but she believes despite this her party will triumph.

“I think that the ID will do well. People are looking for change in the <place w:st="on"><state w:st="on">Northern Cape.”

Palesa Morudi of the Congress of the People says the new kid on the block may have some surprises in store.

“We will be able to do reasonably well because of the amount of work that we have put on the ground,” says Morudi