The Democratic Alliance finally has made history in Beaufort West, Western Cape after toppling the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC).
As gathered from the IEC Western Cape municipal election result desk on Thursday, the DA towered above the ANC by clinching 49.2% of the vote, while the ANC managed to get 42.2% of the votes; the Karoo Democratic Force pooled just 4.05%, while Malema’s EFF poorly garnered just 1.39% of the total votes.
DA’s victory in Beaufort West is the first in history, as the town has been the traditional base of the ANC for donkey years.
The ANC took over power in Beaufort West in 2011 after it smiled home with 50.8% of total votes; leaving just 41.2% to the DA.
Reacting to the accomplishment, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille expressed delight with the result; stating that DA’s victory was long-anticipated.
“I went to Beaufort West during the election, and I came back thinking that we would win it. It is the first time that we have won Beaufort West, but I had a sense that it was coming.”
In addition, Zile said she is overwhelmed with DA’s results so far across the country and with the pace at which they’ve shattered the ANC.
“The greatest surprise for me is the extent to which we are overturning safe ANC seats, and safe ANC councils, and we are doing that all over the country, not just in the Western Cape,” Zille opined.
Beaufort West is Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille’s hometown. The town has been under ANC’s embattled leader, Mayor Trauman Prince.
Meanwhile, as at 9:10 this morning, the IEC had completed counting results of 1 107 of 1 586 voting districts in the province. Results show the ANC had 24.7% of 69% of the votes while other parties shared 4.05%.