Zille expects DA to win 20% of vote

2011-05-19 13:19
DA leader Helen Zille reacts to the results of the local government elections coming in at the IEC's national results centre in Pretoria. (GCIS, Sapa)

DA leader Helen Zille reacts to the results of the local government elections coming in at the IEC's national results centre in Pretoria. (GCIS, Sapa)

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Pretoria - The DA was looking forward to results from major metropolitan areas around the country, its leader Helen Zille said at the IEC's results centre in Pretoria on Thursday.

"So far it's been great," Zille told reporters. "We are looking forward to the metros."

She said the tightly-fought Midvaal area, where the DA had won 60.71% of the vote and the ANC 37.17%, showed "an increased maturity" in voters.

Midvaal had been the only municipality held by the Democratic Alliance in Gauteng. The African National Congress has furiously campaigned to win it from the DA.

The DA was claiming nine of the 14 seats in the council, said DA strategist Ryan Coetzee.

Aiming for 20% of national vote

Zille said the election had helped the DA "break through race being the primary issue" of elections in South Africa. She was confident that the party would win 20% of the national vote.

She congratulated the Independent Electoral Commission on a sterling job.

This was despite her laying a complaint with the IEC on Wednesday that several voters in Despatch were casting only one ballot instead of two.

"I went inside the Despatch Town Hall and while I was observing I noticed five voters with only one ballot paper," Zille said in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

"When I pointed this out to the IEC they got a terrible fright and said it shouldn't be like this.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said earlier the party was "very disappointed" over Midvaal, and needed to work harder in minority areas.

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