Craig “excited”; Geldenhuys will “repair damage”
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Oudtshoorn. 6 December 2012. 10h15. The DA’s Wayne Craig won an overwhelming victory in Bitou’s Ward 2 when he received 2,060 votes against the 190 of Independent Candidate Francois Geldenhuys in a 56% poll.
The new Bitou Ward 2 Councillor says that the DA’s excellent support base and infrastructure, and a tremendous team effort, secured victory in yesterday’s by-election.
Craig said he will communicate will all the communities of Bitou and that he will ensure accountability to all the people of Bitou during his term.
He said that he was very excited, “like a kid in a candy store opening Christmas presents”.
Craig referred to his long involvement in community affairs in Plettenberg Bay as a member of a family that has been present in the town for 40 years.
“My dad owns the biggest business in Plett”, he added.
DA Constituency Chair, Liz Mundell, said the victory meant that the DA/Cope coalition retained control of the Council: “Things can go forward again.”
She said the victory was “overwhelming” with 91.6% of the total votes for the DA.
Geldenhuys said that he now wants to focus on fixing the damage to his reputation and his family by the lies about him during the campaign.
Geldenhuys’ legal advisor intimated that a decision is pending on a possible High Court challenge, after the Electoral Court ruled Tuesday evening that it had no jurisdiction to hear complaints of campaign violations in the absence of a ruling first by the IEC.