Zille expects DA to win 20% of vote

2011-05-19 13:19

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.

  • Smaal - 2011-05-19 13:21

    You go Madam... you GO!

      kolobe - 2011-05-19 13:57

      20% of national vote is failure in all accounts,south africa still doesnt have an need for celebrating,its a single horse race

      Smaal - 2011-05-19 14:08

      @Kolobe: The road to victory starts with the first step. People are starting to see and think for themselves all be it a small percentage. Next time 30% ... one step at a time.

      onmyway - 2011-05-19 14:21

      I must agree with Smaal - we are on the right track, one step at a time. As for PIG; honestly...failure? You must be an ANC supporter living in the Midvaal or Western Cape are??

      kolobe - 2011-05-19 15:07

      Spyker May i hope you get off whatever you smoke. ANC a ‘TOWNSHIP-PARTY’? isnt Mitchell's Plain also a township?the da is not winning more metros than the very same least a light of hope that you realise whites are more economically empowered hence contribute more to tax. that is what the anc is here for, change the apartheid in economics you support. you only have a future in politics because of the coloured vote. your post sounds like one of verwoerd's speaches. find another country

      JuluisMalema - 2011-05-19 15:45

      Kolobe = Pig Kolobe + Black = BlackPig

      TheUgly - 2011-05-19 16:29

      kolobe, The reason whites hate the ANC is because they fail to deliver. It isn't a skin color thing. I don't care what the skin color is of my minister as long as he is the best at what he does. I will vote ANC if they will outperform the DA.

      Dumbstruck - 2011-05-19 16:33

      @ Kolobe - be patient, people will compare DA's service delivary to the ANC's. Then comment again.

      pompie1 - 2011-05-19 16:37

      DA are growing rapidly in Metro areas where people are more sophisticated. However, if you look at the overall picture the ANC`s base remains strong and stable. We need another predominantly black party to break up the ANC`s traditional voting basis. Only then may we have swift shift in power and will things of the past play a smaller role in peoples voting patterns. I still think it`s a pity that COPE couldn`t get off the ground properly.

      Spyker May - 2011-05-19 17:23

      Kolobobejaan.., You and your cantankerous covetous comrades will just NEVER get it – everything in life is not just a perpetual racial spat... The DA is not simply a political party where all the members carry a ‘membership RACE card’ – it offers a bona fide better life for ALL. The fact that it has such a large following of NON-WHITE voters, must serve as a solid validation. In fact, the DA is probably the most racially diverse political party, in Africa..! Indeed - what a party is the DA going to have..! I will personally make an extra effort to welcome the black SAcans who have joined the ranks of the most dynamic political party on the continent. Eat your heart out Kolobobejaan - or is that your empty old buckled plate, with a few scraps of dry pap, in a leaking cold shack, next to an OPEN TOILET..? Oops no, my fault - it is not an open toilet, is just little fat Juju’s gaping open trap, as he is barking out another string of empty promises. If the ANC is indeed such a ‘beacon of hope for the future’ – how come the masses are flooding FROM the Eastern Cape TO the Western Cape – and not the other way around..?

  • Francois - 2011-05-19 13:25

    Gwede, you must start working for the minorities as well and stop stealing our money and opportunities to advance. Your party's former president is the biggest racist in Afica and your seuntjie a close second and now you want to woo voters by working harder? Just start working, may I suggest, at an ethics code.

      Gugu Mkhonde - 2011-05-19 13:48

      What r u on about? when did he steal ur money and how did he manage to do that?

      nn.prv - 2011-05-19 14:12

      And how does Gwede steal your money? Knowledge is power .20% is a very low to aim at.Why not 50%. if you aim for 20% in any situation you'll end up a flop !

  • ShabirS - 2011-05-19 13:25

    Why should ANC want Midvaal, they should try and serve the Municipalities they have

      Enough! - 2011-05-19 13:32

      spot one! deliver first where you rule before trying to win others!

      Jawellnofine - 2011-05-19 13:33

      Power. All the ANC wants is power, they are not interested in delivery.

      Jacques Jones - 2011-05-19 13:35


      Steen - 2011-05-19 13:57

      Well said.

  • Matt - 2011-05-19 13:26

    How does the News24 map work? so looking at Pretoria, ANC in the lead with 53% of X-amount of votes - does this mean they still have 47% left to count? If so, how FKN slow are they? Would also mean the IEC at Mier (NC) are sleeping.. 40% of 1000 votes counted :-)

      Dal68 - 2011-05-19 13:28

      Seems this map isn't working - like the anc.....

  • Point Blank - 2011-05-19 13:27

    Nice job DA, see where positive elctioneering gets you, far better then you last "Stop Zuma" disaster... Congrats, now let's start winning some more!

      daboss247365 - 2011-05-19 13:34

      Agreed. That stop Zuma campaign was an embarrassment, & to be honest so was Zille's behaviour at the presidential inauguration a few days after elections (She refused to congratulate Zuma) & Zuma remained content. In all honesty as a new DA supporter, Think that is the darkest mark against the DA's name... That said, in the WC it is clear that services are being delivered.. to all.

      AmandaWhereTo - 2011-05-19 13:38

      Well to be honest that "stop Zuma disaster" saw the DA being the only party to gain votes when all other parties lost votes, including the ANC when COPE was announced. Many people thought that the ANC and DA would lose out on votes. The ANC did, but the DA actually gained. It's not necessarily the nicest tactic to see, but it worked.

  • sparkster - 2011-05-19 13:36

    My Madam, My future!!.Listening to a interview with Tony Ehrehreich yesterday....WOW where do the ANC found these dom idiots.I was gob smacked on how clueless this guy is.The people of S.A are slowly seeing how important it is to vote and oust this corrupt bunch of thieves that are destroying our land.

  • Afval - 2011-05-19 13:38

    If there wasn't so many un-educated people in this country,the results would definitly be more than 20%.How can anyone vote for a party with blind promises.The only province iv'e seen change in the last couple of years was the Western Cape.Zille-jys n doring!!!

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-05-19 13:42

    I wish she would stop giving the communist salute. It makes me shudder.

  • guytom - 2011-05-19 13:43

    The DA has shown that it can continue to grow as the opposition and has taken the high road not like the ANC who used gutter politics all the way which hurt them more than anything else.

  • Gugu Mkhonde - 2011-05-19 13:45

    @Francois how did Gwede steal ur money? do u know him?

      MaanDonkie - 2011-05-19 14:07

      You dont need to know him to make that assesment....arms deal, government contracts, tenders for comrades....ring a bell Gugu or shall we draw a picture!!

  • george - 2011-05-19 13:47

    well done ANC. in modern matured democracies this is called a landslide. the elections are boring becuase a mojority of voters keep on rejecting the DA and all the other clowns in larger numbers. In any election it is the ANC against itself. the answer is simple, the DA and the other clowns are rejected by the democratic electorate. Until the DA supports affirmative action, stop criticising slaughtering of cows by black Africans in their land, condemn racist practices such as Steve Hofmeyer's no credible results will be gained by the DA. The DA's electoral numbers are an embarrasment in any democractic terminology. the margin between the DA and the ANC is so scandalous that it is shamefull given the noise and affection they get from newspapers. DA must change strategy and serve the masses then maybe we can vote for it instead of spending time criticising people when they slaughter cows for celebrations and rituals. i dont understand how the DA misses such a trick. the DA clings to the votes of a few discredited supporters of apartheid with a view that somehow magically some form of apartheid will be re-introduced in the near future under a new guise. i can tell you that if the majority electorate through the ANC would want to remove DF Malan's name and Verwoerd from our street names, the DA would object. who would want to identify with such a party in the modern world except the few who think that adolf hitler was a hero. congratulations to the people

      keithy - 2011-05-19 13:58

      I am surprised you have the attention span to type a long letter. GET EDUCATED and understand things before commenting!

      kingkong - 2011-05-19 14:02

      well said now go toi toi at work for more money and your anc will provide

      Corra - 2011-05-19 14:06

      george: "Until the DA supports affirmative action.......condemn racist practices..." Explain to me how do you do both at the same time? affirmative action is racist!!

      MaanDonkie - 2011-05-19 14:14

      Teacher's comment: In grade 1 we teach learners that sentences start with capital letters. The rest of your essay 0 out of 10. Now sit down and pay attention in future.

      onmyway - 2011-05-19 14:30

      Hey George. Were you the ANC's candidate in the WC? You DO know how to milk certain phrases, but that is about it.

      george - 2011-05-19 14:34

      MaanDonkie. in the blogging world and sms textcology capital letters, full stops and other trivilities do not apply. your pathetic DA lost and dont vent it out on innocent bloggers. The DA must produce workable solutions instead of running to the SPCA everytime someone slaughters a cow. instead of refuting my arguments you also use DA tactics of concertrating on technicalities. by the way your understanding of blogging language rules are wrong and reflect ignorance of the techie world.

      nomore - 2011-05-19 15:15

      At least Cape Town is run the way it should be. Joburg is so durty and disgusting that your car won't brake, because there is no traction on the road due to all the crap and rubbish on the road (this is even after the piki tub strike). So George please explain to me what did your wonderful ANC do for the people in Joburg, excluding the lack of sanitation and the buildings being destroyed by people who have o respect for other people's property? - 2011-05-19 15:18

      George, you must be so damn sad that your brainless ANC vote will do absolutely nothing for you. If brains were dynamite my friend, you wouldn't be able to blow your nose.

  • ZumaDooma - 2011-05-19 13:48

    Please Helen.....dont dance...please

      Ingie - 2011-05-19 14:02

      well she is just venting her jubiltaion. Why can Zuma the rest dance. They are not greatest by far. Leave her be noone is perfect..are you.

  • MaanDonkie - 2011-05-19 14:28

    Difference between the DA & ANC "You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it." ~~~ Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931

  • jconn1 - 2011-05-19 14:50

    go madam go madam...turns out well

  • kevventer - 2011-05-19 15:31

    Eish, dat Madam deliver beta dan ANC. At last, the content of the hot air coming out of the mouth has been seen for its worth. GO Helen and Go DA. We need a strong opposition that can provide a fruitful alternative to ALL SOUTH AFRICANS where the aim is nation-building and delivery rather than thieving and underhanded dealings.

  • mhaga.sabe - 2011-05-19 15:52

    DA is such a small 20% party, how does DA hope to give SA a president!! Malema must get ready to be President of all of those who like DA and FF+. The ANCYL is so strong that the DA will die a natural death. The DA is still wining in white dominated wards and thus remains a white party. This election has demonstrated that white voters are not confused they vote their white party the DA. ANC must do a lot of political education to its supporters and followers to ensure that they all vote. most ANC followers listened to the DA message of "no service delivery not vote" and they stayed at home; now ANC must prepare for 2014 and encourage all its followers and supporters to vote ANC instead of stay home when they are disgrantled. DA has consolidated her support from those illiterate workers employed by DA members, from the ID lead by the sellout Patricia and from the Cope led by Lekota the whites puppet. Most DA supporters are not happy with Zille who is going beyond trying to recruit blacks into the white DA. Zille must go for african dance training so that she can change from monkey dance to a more coherent african dance if she is to win more blacks into DA. Zille can learn a lot from JZ dancing!! Wow ANC is a winner over and over again, cant wait for 2014 to witness another ANC overwhelming WIN!!!

      Nicci100 - 2011-05-19 16:33

      Dear mhaga.sabe, you sir are dilluded along with the other 20 million single digit iq'd voters who would be naive enough to put a cross anywher near the ANC. Those who keep voting for a party that steals from the country (i.e. the people) of SA, over R 50 billion per year, while the majority of people are starving, unemployed and destitute deserve what they get. The only problem is that the ANC is dragging the whole country down and those who are also working hard to keep this country afloat. You are so horribly downtroaden if you look to Malema as your saving grace. The only thing Malema is going to do in this country is cause a civil war and it will be you sir that will suffer most if that happens. If you have no home, no water, no electricity, no job and you can't feed your family it's because of the ANC and not the whites. Consider these statistics then tell me if you will vote again for the ANC, 60% of the blacks have AIDS, not the whites, 48% of the blacks are unemployed, only 12% of the whites, the whites pay most of the tax in this coutnry which probably gives you a grant of some sort. The ANC has NOT built a single new school in a black area since 1994, the ANC has only built one new hospital in the whole country since 1994 and it isn't even in a black area. Over 58% of the people in SA (mostly black) don't have access to clean potable water, most blacks still have to use pit toilets, the money spent on all Zumas wives could feed 5000 families for a month

  • Ben - 2011-05-19 16:11

    Delighted to see that the DA have only grown stronger. Their increasing support in the Western Cape area only shows off how satisfied people are with their service delivery to all factions of society, not just a few "elites" driving fat mercs and living in mansions in sandton. I can only pray that the rest of the country will soon start to see what a party will good intentions can do for a country so full of potential.

  • bystander - 2011-05-19 16:12

    Theo I am very scared of people like you. You call yourself educated.How I wish you could study the South African history before you make such comments.Also in SA history can also check why the DA GREW in numbers and the announcement that was made by the National Party before the numbers grew.Please my learned friend read this and come and comment again on us being uneducated.Also my learned friend can you check whether really the ANC has not changed the people's lives.

  • bystander - 2011-05-19 16:15

    Nawe, Maan you are rude. If you to make a point say it or just shut up

  • Tamzien - 2011-05-19 16:28

    White South Africans are clueless about this country.

      The Dutchman - 2011-05-19 17:23

      So enlighten us, what about this country do we have no clue about?

      piet - 2011-05-19 17:36

      haauuw tamzien cleva ne? are u malemas sista?

      The Dutchman - 2011-05-20 10:32

      Still waiting for you to tell us clueless people what we need to know...

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