DA not white party - Zille

2010-05-28 22:52

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance's victory in by-elections in Grabouw and Gugulethu this week put paid to the ANC's claim that it was a white party, opposition leader Helen Zille said on Friday.

Zille wrote in her weekly newsletter: "These results should put an end once and for all to the ANC's repeated lie that the DA is a white party, that we are racist and that we want to bring back apartheid."

The DA took 48% of the vote in Grabouw and 60.5% in Gugulethu in by-elections on Wednesday, trouncing the ANC in two predominantly black wards.

"If there are white voters in them, it cannot be more than a handful," Zille stressed.

She said her party would seek to expand its winning streak beyond the DA-controlled Western Cape, but anticipated that this would see the ANC resort to undemocratic tactics, such as the vandalism of toilets in Khayelitsha two days before the by-elections.

"The greater the likelihood of the ANC losing power, the more the ANC will use unconstitutional and even violent means to hang on to it."