The ANC on Thursday conceded defeat across most of the Western Cape as the DA held on to many of its councils and snatched some from the rival ANC.
With around 77% of the vote in the Western Cape captured and uploaded on the Electoral Commission of SA system at midday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) appears to be in a comfortable lead, with only three of the 30 municipalities in the province having not been declared, including the City of Cape Town, but even here the DA appears set to retain the metro.
“We are disappointed, but we just have to face the realities that the direction is towards the DA that they will retain the City of Cape Town,” said ANC mayoral candidate for the metro Xolani Sotashe.
“If you have not gone right with your plan, we always have to go back to the drawing board and see what it is you can do to make sure that you improve where you lacked, then I do believe that we will take the defeat with that determination that things will improve in the near future.”
As expected, the DA’s Patricia de Lille will hold on to her mayoral chain for another five years and told African News Agency she intends to use her power to increase access to services to not only those who voted for her, but for those who chose not to vote DA.
“I’m very humbled for the confidence and the trust. It’s something that you must never take for granted and I’ve asked them just to lend their vote to me just for the next five years and they’ve listened and they’ve done so and now I will continue with the progress we’ve made,” said De Lille after doing a victory waltz with fellow party leader and Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela.
In the City of Cape Town, 61% of the vote had been counted, verified, audited and uploaded by noon. The DA was leading with 68% of the vote so far, followed by the African National Congress (ANC) with 22%, with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) at just over 3%.
– African News Agency (ANA)