Maimane: Election breaks the myth of “the white party”  

By Drum Digital
06 August 2016

Democratic Alliance (DA) has always been seen as a “white” political party. However, for the DA leader Musi Maimane, the municipal election results indicate that DA is now a diverse political party.

By Brenda Sekgota

“You cannot get over 40% votes from the backs of white people, this can only indicate diversity,” says Maimane.

The party's share of the vote nationally now hovers around 27%.

The DA support increased in places that were previously ANC strongholds such as in Gauteng, Tshwane Ward 38 in Mamelodi, it grew its support from 7% in 2011 to 30, 6% in 2016. While in Kwa-Zulu Natal, in eDumbe, the DA has grown from 4, 4% in 2011 to 30% in 2016.

The result of this growth has seen DA prepare to form coalition governments in four metro’s and 46 local municipalities.

“More and more black South Africans are seeing the difference we can make where we govern and are entrusting us with their voices,” says Maimane

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