DA claims 6% of black votes

2011-05-19 09:21

Pretoria - The DA said it took at least 6% of the black vote nationally, a party strategist said on Thursday.

“We are happy with this and are going to build on what we have created in this election,” Ryan Coetzee told Sapa at the IEC results centre in Pretoria.

“It’s a matter of momentum and growth… We want to attract much more black voters by 2014.”

He stressed the party wanted to shift black support from the ruling ANC. The DA was happy with the election turnout and confident of a landslide victory of up to 60% in Cape Town.

It however did not expect a win in the Nelson Mandela Bay district.

“We expected the ANC will win that council, followed by the DA and then Cope. We were hoping that if enough black voters shifted their support in this municipality, the ANC would not get its 50%.”

DA spokesperson Gareth van Onselen said they had retained Midvaal in Gauteng, taking nine of the 14 wards. One of the wards, he said, had been taken from the ANC.

“The information is coming in slowly, but we have heard that the DA has also taken Baviaans in the Eastern Cape.”

The party said there was no indication of any corruption during Wednesday’s voting and was “pretty happy” with the election process.

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