Speaker, the ANC welcomes the results of the by- elections held on 29 January 2014, when 16 wards were contested, of which the ANC won 12. [Applause.] Moreover, the ANC is pleased to have won another DA ward in Matzikama in the Western Cape. By winning the by-election in ward 4 of the Matzikama Municipality in Vredendal, the ANC gained outright control of the municipality. This victory is a follow-up of last year's defeat of the DA by the ANC in ward 2 of the same municipality. This victory attests to the fact that the ANC is on track in reconnecting and regaining the trust of the voters, and it reaffirms the strides the ANC is making in realising its vision to win back the Western Cape.
Furthermore, the ANC is also making inroads and is gaining more public support in the Western Cape, an indication that the ANC is ready to win back the province in the coming 2014 national and provincial general elections.
Working together as the ANC, we will win back the Western Cape. Thank you. [Applause.]