Pretoria – There were screams and ululating at the IEC’s national results operations centre on Friday afternoon as the Democratic Alliance reached the four million votes mark.
At about 15:30, the DA’s vote count stood at 4 005 052.
DA leader Helen Zille took to the floor and stood proudly in front of the leaderboard, stating this was the party’s best performance ever, and the first time that an opposition party had reached 4m votes.
She then launched into her own version of President Jacob Zuma’s signature Mshimi wami song. Watch.
Earlier, the DA announced that it experienced a 33.7% increase in support compared to the 2009 election, and added one million new voters – 760 000 of which are black South Africans. The DA also grew in every single province, and will become the official opposition in five new provinces, while the ANC’s support has dropped in every province.
“The DA is the only party that has grown consistently in every election since 1994, when we won just 1.7% of the vote. Other parties have come and gone, but we keep winning and growing. We are stronger, and bigger, than ever.”
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