National 4.8.2016 01:48 pm

Even ‘Malema’ has an #IfDAWins joke

FILE PICTURE: Helen Zille of the Democratic Alliance (2nd from L) is seen with other leaders of the party at a final election rally in Johannesburg on Saturday, 3 May 2014. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/SAPA

FILE PICTURE: Helen Zille of the Democratic Alliance (2nd from L) is seen with other leaders of the party at a final election rally in Johannesburg on Saturday, 3 May 2014. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/SAPA

With the DA taking the lead in Tshwane, Joburg, and Nelson Mandela Bay, the Twitterverse has quipped at the possibility of more DA-led administrations.

As the results from Wednesday’s local government elections came streaming in on Thursday morning, South Africans woke up to the possible winds of change in the country’s closely fought metros – Tshwane, Johannesburg, and Nelson Mandela Bay – with the DA taking the lead  in all three cities from the ruling party. The Twitterverse quipped at the possibility of a DA-led administration under the hashtag #IfDAWins.

The memes tapped heavily into stereotypes about white people, particularly Afrikaners.

Even EFF leader Julius Malema had a joke about it (Note, we have since realised the tweet below is from a parody account):

Malema is likely to soon be in a position to decide whether it’s the ANC or the DA rules in metros where neither party has a clear majority. He may find it all even funnier then.

Here’s a selection of the thousands and thousands of other tweets using the hashtag.

https://twitter.com/tpm1404/status/761149210326626304

https://twitter.com/vusumzi33218536/status/761156357856829440

http://twitter.com/Miemie_Mkansi/status/761115312582332416

Although the official opposition’s commanding lead shrank slightly as the morning progressed, the party still had an outright majority in Nelson Mandela Bay. It had 53.3% of votes counted in the eastern seaboard metro, compared with the ANC’s 36.6% at that stage.

In Tshwane, the DA was marginally ahead of the ANC. In Johannesburg, the DA’s lead over the ANC was less commanding by 1.30pm.

In the DA stronghold of Cape Town, the party’s score had slipped to just below 70% by noon after sitting just above that figure earlier in the morning, but there seemed to be no question of a landslide victory there.

– African News Agency (ANA) and Citizen reporter

 

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