Quintas gets Hout Bay’s vote

Ward councillor Roberto Quintas walked away with the majority of the votes to start a new term as Ward 74 councillor.

The DA’s Roberto Quintas holds on to the Hout Bay councillor’s hot seat after winning control of Ward 74 in the municipal elections on Monday November 1.

The DA won the ward with 61% of the vote, slightly down from the 62% the DA managed in 2016, but higher than what the party polled to take Cape Town.

The DA took the metro with 58.29%, followed by the ANC with 18.6% and the EFF with 4.1% But this was down from the 66.6% the DA polled in 2016 against the ANC’s 24.3% and the EFF’s 3.17%.

The voter turnout in Cape Town this year was 47%, well down from 64% in 2016.

More than half of Hout Bay’s 17 235 registered voters also stayed home on election day, with a turnout of 44.9%, well down from the 65% turnout in 2016.

The ANC again took second place in Ward 74 this year with 24.78% of the vote, down from 33.9% in 2016, followed by the EFF with 4.3%, up from 1.4% in 2016.

The DA took three of Hout Bay’ voting districts with more than 90% of the vote, and Hangberg with 51.5%, followed by the ANC with 16.59% and the Cape Coloured Congress with 11.7%. But the ANC took the two Imizamo Yethu voting districts with 76.9% and 72.7%, down from the 88.6% and 85.6% it polled respectively in 2016. The DA only managed 5.7% and 7.5% in the IY voting districts, taking third place behind the EFF with 12.69% and 14.59%.

“A sincere, and heartfelt thanks to the voters of Hout Bay who braved some of the worst possible weather, queued for up to three hours in torrential downpours and made their mark,” Mr Quintas said.

He vowed to give his best, and devote his “time and energy” to completing many of the projects which he started in his first term.

“I am excited by the many opportunities that can now be taken to continue improving the lives of all our residents and our environment and shared spaces. I must thank all of those who voted for me, and hope that in time I will secure the faith and trust of those who didn’t.”