Cape Town – With results of voting still steadily streaming
in on Wednesday morning, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille was wary to pronounce
on possible coalitions.
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“The DA has a lot of experience in managing coalitions and I
think we are quite good at it,” she told reporters at the provincial IEC centre
in Cape Town.
“But we can’t make a general rule about coalitions for every
She said they would wait for the final results and then
decide how to plan for each council.
A DA team would be assembled to make these decisions.
Zille and the party's chair in the province, Anton Bredell,
who is also local government MEC, beamed as they had quick private chat after
the party had gained 63.97% of the provisional vote in the province by 10:15.
She said she was thrilled with the outcome in George, where
the DA had provisionally secured 56.44% of the vote, to the ANC’s 28.1%. Most
of the votes had been counted.
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At the end of last month, George Mayor Charles Standers
resigned from his position with immediate effect, as well as from the DA.
His reasons included "deeply troubling"
interference from the DA’s regional structures in the work of the local
municipality, alleged silence from the DA's George caucus over corruption in
the municipality, and "racist practices" within the local caucus.
He said he could not stand for, and had fought against, the
corruption, and said the racism was wrong, created disunity, and affected
Zille said people tried to do everything they could to
unseat the DA.
“Our previous mayor was being investigated for serious
allegations, left and started making allegations that we are all used to,” she
“But the voters see through that kind of thing now and it is
great they weren’t fooled by it.”
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