The DA has retained the Hibiscus municipal Ward 12 with a majority of over 400 votes. In yesterday’s by-election, caused by the death of previous DA Cllr. Mike Henderson, the Democratic Alliance’s candidate Suret Opperman received 1 131 votes. The ANC’s Jameela Ismael garnered 675 votes, the Independent candidate Alex Skene 243, ( 221 of his votes came from Umtentweni ) and Rev. Moses Makhathini of the Inkatha Freedom Party, 23. The voting percentage was 54%. Despite DA fears that the Independent Candidate would draw enough votes away from it and let the ANC in, it did not happen, and its majority is considerably bigger than in the previous Ward 12 election.