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