DA pleased with growing black support

2011-05-19 08:35

The DA said it took at least 6% of the black vote nationally, a party strategist said today.

“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.

Cape Town
The Democratic Alliance was leading the electoral race for Cape Town, obtaining 82.74% of the votes, with the ANC trailing behind with 13.13% by 9am this morning.

The race between the two parties was tight, with the votes of 215 106 people counted so far. The registered population in the metro is 1 745 853.

The ANC sought to win the key metro in Western Cape from the DA.

The metro was the only one for which the ANC publicly announced a mayoral candidate, Congress of SA Trade Unions provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich.

The DA’s mayoral candidate is Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille.

Nelson Mandela Bay
The DA was still trailing the ANC in the tightly fought Nelson Mandela Bay municipality at 9am this morning.

The ANC had 50.93% of the vote, while the DA had 41.71%, according to preliminary results from the Independent Electoral Commission.

A total of 268 747 votes had been counted. There are 569 470 registered voters in the area.

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