Many residents of Jeffreys Bay and the surrounding towns will be understandably upset with the split vote that handed an election victory to the ANC in the Kouga.
Although the ANC won 9 out of the 15 wards in the Kouga municipal district, the DA won enough votes to contest the proportional representation very strongly.
Based on the number of votes in total – ANC 33 791 and DA – 32 932, each party was allocated 14 seats.
The system used in South Africa then means that the remaining seat (Kouga has 29 seats on Council) is given to the party with the highest percentage after the initial calculation was made that gave the ANC and DA their 14 seats each.
This is where the Kouga 2000 and Vryheidsfront handed the election to the ANC.
Kouga 2000 received 486 votes and the Vryheidsfront 526. This gave them 0.2078 and 0.2249 respectively in the fight for the remaining and deciding seat on Council.
The ANC won the critical seat and election victory with 0.4468 while the DA was left with a fraction of 0.0795.
Should the votes of the two minority parties have gone to the DA, we would have had a DA led Council today; it’s as simple as that.
Both the ID and COPE realised that contesting municipal elections would be detrimental to the greater cause of ensuring service delivery and they did not contest the election in Kouga.
This certainly helped the DA but unfortunately the other minority parties could not see the bigger picture, leaving residents in a serious battle to ensure the town does not further disintegrate over the next five years.