Chairperson, the ANC continues to consolidate its support by winning all four by-elections that took place on Wednesday, 4 February 2015. These by-elections took place in Amahlathi, in the Eastern Cape; Nala, in the Freestate; and Swellendam and Witzenberg, in the Western Cape.
Most significant in these by-elections, was the winning of a ward from the DA in Witzenberg by a marked margin. [Applause.] This has shown that it is becoming clear to South Africans that the DA has no commitment to serving the people and communities in the Western Cape, but rather uses them, as evidenced by them taking black children out of schools to run campaigns.
The ANC thanks communities in the four wards, who, through their votes, have shown confidence in the ANC's agenda of service, transformation and commitment to work with our people to build better communities.
The ANC remains the only hope for our people to improve their lives and make South Africa a better place to live in. I thank you. [Applause.]
Chairperson, on a Point of Order: The previous statement's facts were incorrect. The ward in Witzenberg was an ANC ward and not the DA's ward. I just wanted to set the record straight. Thank you, Chair. [Applause.]
(Ms M G Boroto): But you know that you don't have to do that in here.
Hon Chairperson, just on that point in terms of setting precedence: On what point of order was the hon member rising?
(Ms M G Boroto): No, I think I've addressed him, hon member.
But you allowed him. I would urge that it is not seen by members as precedence. Thank you.