Cape Town - A confident Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman says his party will "definitely" take the province in Wednesday's election.
"I can safely say now, we will, in this election, be trashing the Democratic Alliance in the rural communities... in the black communities, and you're going to have a big split vote in the coloured communities," he said.
"And we believe, with that, we will definitely take the Western Cape this time around."
Casting his vote at the Dutch Reformed Church in Kuils River, he, nevertheless, admitted his party was in a "real fight" with the DA to wrest control of the Western Cape.
"Look, it's always a daunting task. The ANC has never outright won the Western Cape, however, in 2004 we came in at 46%."
Fransman, who arrived at the voting station in a Mercedes Benz and wearing a gold-coloured Madiba shirt, said he had earlier been up at the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) Western Cape operations centre.
Asked what he thought of the early morning turnout, he responded: "It is quite clear we're seeing lower turnouts in coloured communities."
However, in the townships there were long queues, he said.
"We're quite excited," Fransman said.
"I don't like to put a prediction on this but this is a real fight.
"We believe the mechanisms are in place to make sure that the DA loses power after this election."
Residents of Nyanga, one of the oldest black townships in Cape Town,
turned up in their hundreds on Wednesday morning to vote in South
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