South Africa: DA Deny Good By Eight Votes in George

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Moekie Windwaai of the Democratic Alliance kept Ward 20 in George in the Western Cape blue by the narrowest of margins on Wednesday night, when they garnered eight more votes than ex-George Mayor and former ward councillor Mercia Draghoender. Draghoender defected from the DA to join Patricia De Lille's GOOD in the run-up to the 2019 elections. The African National Congress also had a realistic chance of winning the ward off the Democratic Alliance but faded into a relatively distant third place.

Ward 20 (Lawaaikamp Borcherds) in George DA 33% (50%) GOOD 32% ANC 23% (31%) PBI 11% (4%) EFF 1% (3%)

Last week the Freedom Front + (FF+) shocked the DA in what was once a relatively safe DA ward in Stilfontein, near Klerksdorp in the Matlosana municipality in North West. If one considered a range of factors such as the recent 2019 provincial election results in Stilfontein and the fact that FF+ leader Pieter Groenewald hails from Stilfontein, it was clear that this was the perfect opportunity, and the perfect ward, for the FF+ to upset the DA.

Of all the ward councillors who defected from the DA to GOOD before the 2019 elections, the most likely person...

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