“I SMELL victory and know that our people here at Mogalakwena will give us as the ANC the mandate, so we can continue to build on what we have done previously so that we can improve much more on the services as well as on the local development in rural areas,” a cheerful Parks Sebatjane said.
The outgoing Mogalakwena Municipality mayor had just cast his ballot at the Akasia Primary School, Mokopane, in Limpopo.
He later joined Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba, who also cast her’s at a DA-run ward 31.
While Sebatjane’s party, the ANC, was a front runner to retain the key municipality, south of the provincial capital Polokwane, during the local government elections, he also had a personal mission of his own: to liberate himself from DA controlled ward 32.
And Sebatjane was sure as he left the voting station, a stone’s throw away from his home in the suburb of Akasia, that he would finally wake up from a ward run by the ANC.
However, his anticipation for the ANC to snatch the ward from the DA failed to materialise.
According to the election outcomes announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the official opposition retained wards 31 and 32 in Limpopo’s biggest town.
This means Sebatjane, and his neighbour Ramathuba, will continue to wake up from wards run by the DA, a clearly dreadful feeling for the former mayor.
Fortunately for Sebatjane, the ANC retained the Mogalakwena Municipality with a 64, 6% majority, followed by the EFF with 20, 31% and the DA with 9, 38%.