Chairperson, I hereby give notice that at the next sitting of the Council I shall move:
That the Council -
1) notes that on Wednesday, 18 May, over 14 million voters cast their votes for the 2011 local government elections where the African National Congress, ANC, won a decisive and overwhelming majority of 63% of the total votes nationally, winning a total of 198 councils, including seven metropolitan areas and 5 633 seats across the country, followed by the Democratic Alliance, DA, with just over 23% of the votes and 1 555 council seats, including the Cape Metropolitan and Midvaal, followed by the Inkatha Freedom Party, IFP, and the Congress of the People, Cope, with a very poor showing from both parties;
2) further notes that the ANC received an overwhelming majority of votes in eight of the nine provinces, which is an indication of the overwhelming trust in the ANC's agenda to transform South Africa and ensure that all our people enjoy a better quality of life, and that we break the repulsive apartheid cord and legacy of our divided past;
3) takes this opportunity to congratulate the entire team of the Independent Electoral Commission, IEC, particularly Brigalia Bam, Chairperson of the IEC, and Adv Pansy Tlakula, the Chief Executive Officer of the IEC, for their sterling work in delivering yet another free and fair election and for ensuring that the highest number of voters turned out for the election; and
4) extends its profound appreciation to the communities, party agents, candidates and volunteers across South Africa who worked tirelessly to ensure that the ANC continues to lead the agenda to change the lives of our people and bring development in their communities that have been ravaged by long years of apartheid neglect and racial segregation.