DA, ANC both upbeat about results

2011-05-19 06:59

Johannesburg - The DA and ANC remained upbeat about their chances on Thursday to grab strongholds from each other as a DA twitter stream claimed new victories and an ANC spokesperson reiterated the party's commitment to winning new areas.

"We are still optimistic that we will led the way...that we will get the majority of votes in Midvaal, Nelson Mandela Bay and Cape Town," spokesperson Keith Khoza told Sapa.

"[However] it is difficult to say how we have done in the preliminary stages as the number of voting districts counted is low," he said.

The SABC reported that the party won its first ward at Thembelihle in the Northern Cape, with Annetjie Kywe receiving almost 49% of the vote. The DA won 52% of the vote in the 2006 elections.

In the Eastern Cape, both parties were neck-and-neck in the race for the Kou-Kamma municipality, part of the Cacadu District Municipality, the broadcaster said.

The municipality, currently controlled by the ANC, was narrowly being led by the DA with about half of the voting districts declared and a turnout of about 34% so far. The DA had approximately a 50% share of the ballot with the ANC close behind with a 49% share.

DA CEO Jonathan Moakes claimed on Twitter that a ward in the municipality had officially been won saying: "1st ward ever won by DA in Koukamma municipality in EC - Ward 2."

He also claimed that wards two, nine, thirteen and fourteen in Midvaal were won by the party.

The ANC had recently vowed to do all it could to win back Gauteng's top performing Midvaal municipality.

DA leader in Mpumalanga Anthony Benadie tweeted: "DA wins several new wards, and takes at least 4 ANC stronghold ward in Middelburg, Witbank, Belfast and Evander."

Other wins claimed by the party in the early hours of Thursday included Sundays River in the Eastern Cape, ward 38 in Nelson Mandela Bay and ward 72 in Ekurhuleni.

  • paulf - 2011-05-19 07:04

    Go DA, we are proud of you. Let's make a change for the Better for ALL SA's!!!

      sganja - 2011-05-19 07:07

      Go Anc do the obvious,make us very proud.

      devils_advo - 2011-05-19 07:12

      @sganja btw

      ZipZap - 2011-05-19 07:16

      sganja: Jah go anc do the obvious, go steal and enrich a few whilst the millions suffer... dumbass, you should really get that racist chip off your shoulder and open your eyes to the truth.

      phillip.havenga - 2011-05-19 07:20

      sganja so you're proud of corruption and failure to deliver? Thats extremely sad.

      sganja - 2011-05-19 07:25

      @devils_advo No need to swear,lets wait for results and see when Anc win. @ZipZap They must win the elections as Mbalula said "Victory is in our blood" DA will never Thswane and Nelson MAndela Bay metros.

      Mike - 2011-05-19 08:43

      @sganja - even the illiterate (those who the ANC promised to school) are now putting their crosses where it matters - so you don't need a computer to see the light. Just you wait and see! Go DA! Whe're on the march and no-one can stop us now - we'll show the old terrorists how to govern - not rule!

  • saabnut - 2011-05-19 07:05

    Top of the morning to Maki, Bluemas, and all the other racist ANC supporters. All that mouthing off about taking back Midvaal certainly seems to have paid off for you guys, or are we going to now hear vote- rigging excuses. Have a fantastic day watching the surprising DA results roll in...

      wattalotokak - 2011-05-19 07:09

      errrr... dude Maki came out and said that it is a bunch of students trying to proove a point about the anc...! In some article Maki (them-five) said that they were trying to defend the anc with all they could, and they have failed BADLY hahaha! It was a student project or something - so don't be too hard on Maki! All the others be my guest hahaha Viva DA...!

      devils_advo - 2011-05-19 07:10

      Even Durban is falling apart for the Circus

      Nunya - 2011-05-19 07:22

      The DA is kicking ANC butt!!!!!....hahahahahahh!!

      Zion - 2011-05-19 07:43

      The ANC blames apartheid when ever something goes wrong or they cannot fix it. After this election they will rightly blame apartheid.

  • Wayne - 2011-05-19 07:10

    Vote for positive change or vote for more open be the judge.

      Blip - 2011-05-19 07:19

      ANC is THE open toilet provider! And it's too late to vote now. You've got the government you deserve now.

  • Vincent Aubrey Meiring - 2011-05-19 07:19

    DA, the future and only hope for South Africa. ANC, after 16 years, the worlds greatest Icecream party.

  • Trololol - 2011-05-19 07:20

    When ANC win, things will be different. I'm sure of it.

      Shees - 2011-05-19 07:48

      ja.... sure..

      Rob Gunning - 2011-05-19 08:11

      They've been winning for the last 17 years. Why would things all of a sudden be different now? Once a corrupt, thieving, nepotistic, lying scumbuag, always a corrupt, thieving, nepotistic, lying scumbag.

      Charlie - 2011-05-19 08:14

      Shees got trolled :)

      Jimmy - 2011-05-19 19:47

      Ja right !!! ANC - African nepotism and corruption. In case you don't know what nepotism is, it is favoritism granted to relatives or friends regardless of merit (just look at JZ's fancy parties, weddings and of course - all those wives). Who pays ? Us kippies. Corruption ? just read your newspapers EVERY day.

  • kolobe - 2011-05-19 07:20

    midvaal in da's hands already and cpt heading for them too.desparte times calls for desparate measures.zuma's head needs to roll

      Tracer - 2011-05-19 07:29

      my my you are a fickle lot.....

      Ghost - 2011-05-19 07:34

      You forgot to mention Pretoria and the City of Joburg, anc is going to lose alot of Metro's

      Slapper - 2011-05-19 07:54

      For once I agree with you, but he needs to take a lot of his corrupt mates with him.

      Mike - 2011-05-19 08:38

      @Tracer - why fickle? - perhaps on your standards, yes - the Circus is on the losing end and we are marching on! Go DA!

      saabnut - 2011-05-19 09:04

      A kolobe: That's a bit of a turnaround for you, after your mouthing off about the ANC's foregone victory in Midvaal last week...

      Mike - 2011-05-19 09:58

      Are you trying to say that Zoo-ma must go and then get some other idiot in to lead the sheeple, and in that pathetic way you will regain WC and MV?, or are you a turncoat?

      Arvin - 2011-05-19 23:00

      Voters Roll. Not ZOOOOma.

  • MadeInAS - 2011-05-19 07:22

    This article is one sided its all about the pathetic win of the DA,what about where the ANC have claimed majority of the votes.Or maybe its written by a DA supporter!!!Pathetic.Phambili nge ANC.....

      photonic - 2011-05-19 07:40

      You are missing the point! Obviously the ANC will win the majority of wards - it's the number of new seats the DA is taking away from the ANC that's encouraging for us people who do not wish to see our country go down the toilet. Like it or not, the ANC is LOSING VOTES every election.

      sefeddt - 2011-05-19 07:40

      Anything the ANC claims need to be double and triple checked.

      Zion - 2011-05-19 07:47

      A win is a win, Pal, no need for the suur druiwe. Try to handle the next few years of perfection, Perfection WTF is perfection?

      Irvine - 2011-05-19 07:57 matter where you were made, there is still hope for you :)

      Mike - 2011-05-19 08:36

      @photonic - also, just to rub salt in to their (ANC) wounds - the masses are beginning to see the light and in the next elections even MORE inroads are going to be made - what a relief - we are getting rid of the cancer! Go DA!

      Mike - 2011-05-19 10:05

      Nge pansi!

  • Born To Fish - 2011-05-19 07:24

    Wonder how much ANC drivel we have to keep up with today in these comments...Sigh!

  • LittleP - 2011-05-19 07:24

    why do you guys always pull the race card even if it;s not necessary...being ANC doesn't mean a person is racist....grow up guys...

      sefeddt - 2011-05-19 07:43

      Neither does being a DA supporter, although Malema would disagree.

      Mike - 2011-05-19 07:56

      So it's OK for the ANCircus cadres on this blog to pull the race card but not the other way round? - get a life you wimp. The proof is in the pudding - the uneducated (by the ANC) are starting to wake up - watch the results - you'll be amazed - go DA!

  • Jacques Jones - 2011-05-19 07:24

    It will be an interesting morning on the news 24 forums today hehehe

  • Reinhardt - 2011-05-19 07:37

    @MadelInAS: This article may be one sided but its boring to right about a winner all the time...everyone loves an underdog or an upset and in this case it's the DA. These elections is only a stepping stone for what's in store. out! We're coming for you!!

  • SB - 2011-05-19 07:40

    Seriously people, we know the ANC will take most but DA taking over some ANC areas is good. The ANC need a wake up call so thay can start delivering what they is cheap, money buys the whiskey.

  • PaulChinchen - 2011-05-19 07:47

    The 18th of May 2011. 'The Day that the ANC blinked!'

  • Mike - 2011-05-19 07:49

    And so the wheel turns - even the un-educated (by the ANC) are beginning to see the light! What a relief - AND the DA have retained Midvaal. What a slap in the face for the ANCircus who tried every trick in the book to win there!

  • Jim - 2011-05-19 07:54

    "WE WILL LED THE WAY" What kinf of English is that mate?

      John - 2011-05-19 08:44

      Whats a kinf Jim?

      Mike - 2011-05-19 10:03

      @John - it's similar to a clunt!

      Dean - 2011-05-19 11:00

      Or is it similar to a dloos?

      Jenna - 2011-05-19 12:15

      LOL !!! very funny :D

  • SA_Rocks - 2011-05-19 07:54

    PLEASE STOP THE RACIST REMARKS !!!!! I am a DA Supporter and whatever the verdict is just respect it !!! - it is the people of this country's democratic right to vote for whoever they feel they want to vote for !! Yes the ANC has not done a good job sooo what - JUST STOP BEING RACIST

      Mike - 2011-05-19 08:33

      It is the constructive criticism by the DA supporters that the Circus do not like and then THEY resort to the racist remarks which are then replied to and then YOU don't like it!

      Rustman - 2011-05-19 09:53

      @SA_ROCKS I think it is a matter of frustration. Some people are not voting for the ANC while the ANC is bringing this country into devastation. WE WANT THEM OUT.

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      GTZ - 2011-05-19 09:34

      We are not in support of poor delivery and corruption but also we are uncertain about trusting the oppositions. Such uncertainities are informed by past experiences. Whoever in power must cater for people, do that with huge commitment to self sacrifice, intergrity, perseverance. Government must ensure full compliance and implementation of policies. Those who abuse state resorces must pay the price regardless of their positions and political involvements/association. The solutions is to have leaders who are prepared to enforce fair practices to both officials and politicians.

  • happy(~~,) - 2011-05-19 08:50

    What impresses me more about the DA is when some of their representatives were interviewed by the media, they were so well spoken and very neatly well educated and confident. Fluent in their speech and amazingly level headed. Very Proud of all the DA team who worked so very hard to have decent and pleasurable campaigns. Looking back at all their manifesto's very disciplined.

  • Kyle - 2011-05-19 09:23

    Eventually everyone will realise that it doesnt matter who wins, the point of the voting process is to select the best people to serve the country and obviously with so many people unhappy enough to start striking and resorting to violent protests then obviously the people in power arent doing thier job. yes you can please everyone all the time but if the country is unhappy, vote for a change when you have the oppertunity. granted the ANC will probably have an overall mijority vote and the same thing will happen over the next four years. taxes are going to go up and people arent going to get what they promised and gradually people will modernise and they will realise that the they are the ones to blame for poor delivery as the people put the government in charge! so when south africa stops blaming other people for not doing thier job and starts making the desicions to move forward for themselves this racial see saw will continue! if you dont like the way things are run change it! we have nelson Mandela to thank for that right! USE IT!

  • The Flying Circus - 2011-05-19 10:18

    Unfortunately the DA will not get outright victory...YET !!! But the swing to the DA is obvious and the sooner the ANC corrupt b@stards can be moved out of power the better. Go Helen go!!! DA is the only party for the future of our country.

  • winnie.meta - 2011-05-19 10:47

    Go,ANC,you always make us proud,why not today,I know you will make it.

      Mike - 2011-05-19 11:51

      Hey Winnie - are you also in the pooh?

  • Dean - 2011-05-19 10:59

    As Bob Dylan put it..."the times are a-changin'". A wake up call for the ANC. Let's see if they actually do anything about this shift.

  • Anton Goosen - 2011-05-19 11:10

    Shame...people voting for the's like chickens voting for KFC! So sad, they don't realize what they are doing...

  • Anton Goosen - 2011-05-19 11:13

    Zuma said:"The ANC will rule until Jesus comes." Well, it looks like Jesus is coming...are you ready to meet Him, Zuma? Your ancestors are powerless against Him, remember that!

      Mike - 2011-05-19 11:50

      Actually - the ancestral gods are doing a rain dance - they too are happy that the cANCer is about to be dealt a death blow!

  • Ashlee - 2011-05-19 11:38

    DA all the way! whooo hooooo! HELEN ZILLE IS AWESOME!!!

  • MrMeth - 2011-05-19 11:59

    I am a DA supporter, now consider the following. The DA becomes the ruling party, by some stroke of luck and perseverance. They may in turn also evolve into another ANC, which is why I always vote for the opposition. If any party has the majority votes they start becoming complaisant and unproductive as there is no-one holding them accountable for their actions or inability to act accordingly. In the current political climate these things are becoming more and more visible as these systems interact with each other. The DA is holding the ANC accountable for their manifesto and their promises, which is making the ANC do a better job. The ANC knows that you cannot lie to people for the rest of eternity. Sooner or later the masses realise that they are being doped up by media sensationalism and propaganda. They will change their votes and the ANC knows this, which is why they have started to better their service delivery. I am not saying that this is the rule amongst the parties, but they know that they are ruled and governed by the people and the people do get fed-up with empty promises. The DA knows that should they not deliver in WC that they too will be removed from governing the WC. Basic of politics peeps, just keep on making your cross where you feel it matters the rest will iron itself out in due time. Have some faith in the political system and show some patience, it cannot fail.

  • Mmoledi - 2011-05-19 13:14

    If the ANC as a ruling party can not open their eyes and also stop their corruption activities and sent services to the people otherwise as time goes they will lose their grounds and at the end lose even the entire government. Mayors,ministers and local councillors of the ruling party if those who are corrupt can be removed and only those who are willing to serve the people be in positions then the ruling party will survive,because a loss to a ward or municipality is a very huge loss and can end up causing more loses and ultimately the entire government.

  • RLRox - 2011-05-19 14:02

    @sganja btw - The ANC is living in a 'fools Paradise' it is not Mandela's party anymore; at least he has 'Brains'.

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