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Beaufort West mayor blames ‘bad weather’ for ANC’s defeat

In council, the DA and ANC will have six seats each and the KDF will have one.

Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Beaufort West Mayor Truman Prince has blamed the African National Congress (ANC)'s election defeat on bad weather.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has almost 49 percent of the votes, the ANC has 42 percent and the newly established Karoo Democratic Party (KDF) has just over five percent.



In council, the DA and ANC will have six seats each and the KDF will have one.



Prince says cold and wet weather cost the ANC at the polls on Wednesday.

"Many of our voters stayed at home because it was raining."

Prince adds he is not concerned about the loyalty of ANC supporters in the region.

"We must congratulate them on the win. They will put us on our toes. We will work harder with our citizenry and regain the respect that we earned since 1994."

The mayor says they are working on a coalition with the KDF in the hope of retaining power.