Lindiwe Mazibuko of the Democratic Alliance speaks during an election debate with other political party leaders hosted by the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) in Johannesburg. She is flanked by Nqabayomzi Kwankwa of the UDM (L) and Cope's
Pretoria – The DA looks set to be the party which records the biggest growth in the 2014 elections, according to its parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko.
“It’s a very exciting prospect,” she said to News24.
According to Mazibuko, the DA could possibly grow even more than the EFF, which is contesting this election for the very first time.
However, the EFF’s Floyd Shivambu was more cautious.
“I don’t want to speculate on something like that, let us rather wait until all the results are in,” he told News24.
Mazibuko said the DA is “the most representative party in South Africa”, but it can do more to increase its diversity, such as getting more young MPs.
“I think it shows that more and more South Africans are subscribing to the vision and values of our party, and also that where we govern we are doing it well and convincing more and more people to support us the next time round.”
Earlier, the DA’s Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane told News24 that initial results show that “nobody now post these elections will have the right to say the DA is the party for this race or this community”.
On Thursday evening, the DA had just under 3m national votes compared to the ANC’s 8.4m. It led with 1.1m votes in the Western Cape compared to the ANC’s 645 000, but trailed the ANC’s lead of 882 000 votes in Gauteng with 542 000 votes.
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