Safe to assume De Lille new CT mayor: IEC

2011-05-20 19:34

Cape Town - It was safe to assume the DA’s Patricia de Lille was Cape Town’s new mayor, provincial electoral officer Courtney Sampson said on Friday evening.

This was despite a recount of votes, still underway at the Independent Electoral Commission’s warehouse in the city.

Speaking at the IEC’s final media briefing, he said the recount was the result of an IEC official in Khayelitsha failing to hand in voting district results slips.

Before the counting was stopped, 98.5% of the votes had been tallied. These showed the Democratic Alliance had secured 62% of the vote in the metro, and the African National Congress just under 32%.

"At this point, I think we can safely assume that Patricia de Lille will be the new mayor of Cape Town," Sampson said.

Responding to a question, he said he was convinced the official’s failure to hand in the slip "was not malicious".

It was "just a case of gross negligence", and was being investigated by the police. A recount was the "cleanest way" of dealing with the matter.

On when the final count would be available, Sampson would not say.

"I’m not going to tell you, it’s tonight or tomorrow."

An official said the IEC would issue a detailed final-results statement "in the next 24 hours".

De Lille, who was at the IEC centre, thanked the citizens of Cape Town for their support.

The DA would use its outright majority in the metro "to build and make a great city even greater".

She said the party had almost secured a two-thirds majority, but vowed this "does not mean we will exclude other political parties".

  • william.botha - 2011-05-20 19:39

    Lovely, hope she stays mayor for many years, or better, move on to presidency.

      Riem - 2011-05-20 20:04

      Patricia de Lille is too honest. She will not last.

      Dave - 2011-05-20 20:19

      A politician who tells it like she see's it, much like Tutu, before feared and hopefully soon to be greatly admired...And Patricia, dont let go of the arms deal!!

      revolution - 2011-05-20 21:35

      Long life, Long life DA!!!!

      Joe_Massahar - 2011-05-20 21:52

      Not that I'm not willing to give Patricia a chance, but I am not convinced by her. Her political coreer have ocilated from the black far right, to the liberal left, to the center left. Don't know if she's seen the light, or just an oppitunist. Well, at least she can't be all bad cos she didn't run off to the ANC. Patricia - it's gonna be tough. The ANC will look for every oppotunity to pull you down. So just just be honest, do what you can, and make us proud!!

      Susannomore - 2011-05-20 22:35

      @Joe_Massahar. I am under the impression that her "big" ideas and voice were to big for the party she represented. I hope that now she has found a good place for that voice and some of the excellent ideals she represents

  • JP Miller - 2011-05-20 19:42

    This is great news. Congratulations to the DA and its leaders. They worked hard and got just rewards.

  • Perfume - 2011-05-20 19:43

    Congratulations to Helen Zille and her team, and congratulations to Patricia de Lille, you ladies are a force to reckon with!!

  • struth - 2011-05-20 19:56

    @chang yi your comment sounds rather similar to the one made by blabber mouth Malema earlier today. I wonder............

  • struth - 2011-05-20 20:03

    Isn't it amazing how the ladies are showing up the male leaders of this country. Perhaps we may have a woman President one day. A lot of groundwork to be done but it appears that the winds are a changing for the better. Congratulations to Helen Zille and Patricia de Lille. Long may you rule the WA! Thank you Capetonians. You rock!!!!

      Drewster - 2011-05-20 21:10

      Ruling is something that happens in dictatorships. In a democracy we govern.

      Susannomore - 2011-05-20 22:37

      Struth, that is so true and I had not thought about it until now. This is a massive step from a white, Afrikaans state to a multi-racial "two-sexed" nation.

  • Joryha - 2011-05-20 20:05

    Congratulations are in order for the DA which triumphed in spite of concerted efforts by the ANC and Cosatu and other smaller parties. This is amazing and sets an ideal platform for 2014. The people of the Western Cape have spoken.

  • Leeb123 - 2011-05-20 20:21

    Thanks to Julius and Zuma, ANC's days are numbered.. DA is the future - deal with it!

      Pierre - 2011-05-20 21:08

      123 , Es ist nicht so einfach . Jy laat n paar ernstige faktore buite rekening . Die aanwasbedeling is heel waarskynlik die belangrikste .

  • Fanie - 2011-05-20 20:37

    Zille and De Lille together - what an amazingly formidable team Good luck Girls

      Pierre - 2011-05-20 21:09


      Rapier - 2011-05-20 21:49

      Go and Yi your Chang @Chang Yi

      Krolie - 2011-05-21 09:24

      @Chang Yi. Die wat agter die deur staan...

  • Mariki - 2011-05-20 20:40

    Congratulations Patricia!!! We defnitely need more people like you and your Premier, Helen Zille!!!

  • Janine - 2011-05-20 20:47

    Zille and De Lille have more balls than the entire ANC government put together.

      tryanything - 2011-05-20 21:04

      New Mothers of the nation Helen and Patricia the other one is gone for good

      Fanie - 2011-05-20 21:05

      Reminding me of our athlete... You had me laughing out loud now - it has been proven over and over again - ladies in charge of government - Margaret Thatcher for one - rule fairly but firmly

      Dave - 2011-05-20 21:08

      I think Julius looked down today and saw an empty bag

      Pierre - 2011-05-20 21:10

      @ Anything . Winnie gaan nie oornag verdwyn nie . Glo my vry .

      ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-21 00:18

      And more brain cells too

      tryanything - 2011-05-21 10:41

      @ Pierre Ja Stem saam maar sy kan nou die tee maak.

  • Karen - 2011-05-20 21:09

    Congratulations to Patricia De Lille....Wonder Women....

  • BigMoose - 2011-05-20 21:20

    Deliver, that's all.

  • Noitol - 2011-05-20 21:35

    With you two girls at the helm, I see a distinct glimmer of light at the tunnel's end.

  • Cliff - 2011-05-20 22:14

    Well done DA, Patricia you will do well as Mayor of Cape Town.

      tryanything - 2011-05-21 10:42

      The Mother of Cape it

  • Susannomore - 2011-05-20 22:32

    I have always had respect for this woman, even (strangly) when she started speaking gibberish. I think with Helen and the rest of the team, she can mantain the DA objective and promises

  • Neville - 2011-05-20 22:35

    Well done DA We Salute u and all of Cape Town make us proud

  • Zupta - 2011-05-20 22:40

    Well done ladies, well done DA. We were hoping DA win Gauteng. But not alls lost, at least we can have a taste of the good life when we visit CT. Well run campaign, just keep the ANC honest. Remember they have another 3 years of thieving. Deliver in ur wards and u have nothing to worry about. It won't be too long.

  • Marcell - 2011-05-21 02:31

    The DA should exclude the ancESTORS from everything. The ancESTORS can not be part of anything good and honest, it will ruin their image. The voters have spoken.

  • mshini wam - 2011-05-21 06:44

    DA will control CT forever as for other metros NEVER!

      Marcell - 2011-05-21 09:08

      Dream on or join your ancestors.

      Point Blank - 2011-05-21 09:17

      Never say never.

      supporter - 2011-05-21 10:08

      nobody is as blind as the person who does't want to see. get glasses mshini. look for yourself for a change and don't allow the anc to look for you. grow up. nobody stays little forever do they???????????????????

      scotty scotty - 2011-05-21 12:56

      The DA took the the WC metros and the Midvaal from ANC and kept them, howcome ??

  • Wayne - 2011-05-21 09:16

    Fantastic news! Finally the country will have a decent civilised and pro-active mayor. ANC Mike, watch how a real mayor performs. Maybe one day we can unseat you and bring Dirtbin back to it's former name of Durban.

      Perfume - 2011-05-21 10:44

      Dirtbin is a disgrace @Wayne, walking through the city reminds me of being in a rubbish dump!!!!!

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  • theprodigy - 2011-05-21 11:11

    When the ANC dam breaks, there will be a flood (of voters leaving it). It will take time for Blacks to trust the DA (they are already starting to mistrust the ANC) but when it happens, the ANC will be significantly weakend, then we will have a true democracy, with a 2 party political landscape, only then will the people of SA have a better future, till then this is limited to the WC, & progress in this province will be clear for all to see, even the most loyal ANC supporter will not be able to deny the results.

  • velastardust - 2011-05-21 12:51

    Well done the DA !

  • Anthony - 2011-05-21 14:04

    As a coloured person,i must forward my dissappointment about the non-mentioning of LINDIWE who worked effortlessly to help secure and even win over the hearts of abantu abamnyama.from me,THANK YOU sister LINDIWE for your hard work,and even though I dont know you personally,ngiyazi qhenya ngawe,keep up the sterling work.well done!!!

      sanodn - 2011-05-21 15:30


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