The main South African opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has wrested control of Nelson Mandelay Bay in Eastern Cape Province from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in the country’s local government elections held Wednesday.
The announcement Thursday evening that the Democratic Alliance has won the majority in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality was met with jubilation at the DA table at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Election Results Centre in Pretoria.
With all votes declared in the metro, the DA had garnered 49.5 per cent of the votes with the ANC trailing with just over 39 per cent. Another opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) obtained less than 5.0 per cent in the metro.
The DA must now form a coalition with another party to run the metropolitan municipality but
DA leader Mmusi Maimane has excluded the ANC from possible options.
Describing his elation at the result and the party’s immediate plans, he said: “We will exclude the current lot. We cannot work with the ones in government now.
“We can’t run an election saying, ‘Change’, and then work with the current government. We exclude the ANC entirely but we will look at all other options as we see how it goes.”
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK