Retired not out

by | Mar 28, 2013 | Political comment / blog

Clive and Lorraine Hatch

Clive and Lorraine Hatch

Although officially retired from active politics, politics still runs thick through Clive’s DNA.

It therefore came as no surprise that when the DA Councillor for Ward 34 in Emalahleni) Witbank resigned as a councillor Clive was available to assist, Lizelle Steyn the new DA candidate.

This ward is the largest DA Ward in the municipality with 6740 voters in five voting districts. The VD that Clive and Lorraine in is has the most DA voters in the ward and is situated in the middle of the ward.

Even before the candidate was nominated Clive and Lorraine obtained copies of the caucus calendar and distributed them to all the houses in the VD.

Saturday 16 February saw the constituency conduct a ‘Blue Wave’ campaign in the VD with over fifty members going from door to door canvassing voters. At the end of the session all the canvassers gathered at ‘Peacehaven’, the Hatch residence for a wors braai.

Election day saw Clive and Lorraine both at the voting station to cast their votes and spending several hours helping to ensure a DA victory. After returning home from the voting station at 20:00, Clive settled down to relax and wait for the results.

An SMS from Anthony Benadie, provincial leader at approximately 10:45 announced a resounding DA victory with the DA obtaining 96% of the votes cast, compared to the 4% for the Freedom Front Plus, The ANC did not even contest the ward despite it having a large informal settlement in it with almost 2000 voters.

Once reassured that he still lived in strong territory Clive retired for the night.

The full results are:

Patriot Hoer Skool 583 7 1 591
Portugese Hall 618 29 1 648
Spring Valley (Informal) 123 10 8 141
Witbank Dam 176 8 2 186
Sky Street 127 2 1 130
TOTAL 1 627  56 13 1697
Clive Hatch

About Clive Hatch

Clive Hatch is a political commentator and opinionist. He is a former Member and Leader of the Opposition in the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature. After matriculating from Jeppe High School for Boys in 1967 Clive Hatch has lived, worked and been involved in the Emalahleni (Witbank) community.

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