DA Western Cape premier elect happy with party’s performance

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Western Cape Premier-elect, Alan Winde, describes the Democratic Alliance‘s (DA) victory in the province is an emotional moment for him.

The provincial Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has concluded the capturing of votes, with a few batches still outstanding.

With 99% of votes counted, the DA has garnered more than 55% of the vote, the African National Congress (ANC) 28% and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) 4%.  Winde says he is humbled by the results.

“Yesterday (Thursday) I used the words cautiously optimistic, this morning I was really excited and then we sang the national anthem…and I got all emotional.”

Winde says the party must now look ahead to deliver on their election promises of safety and transport. “But it’s the enabling environment to allow us to go to next level that is a big challenge. I’m not scared of the challenge. I think it will be exciting; so let’s bring some innovation. We don’t have more money but have to be entrepreneurial and that is what I bring to the party.”

The newly formed Good Party, led by former Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, is in fifth place in the Western Cape race for votes.

The party’s secretary general, Brett Herron, says they are one of a few new parties who received considerable support.

“Really it looks like among new parties, it is the only party that made a break through, outperformed some old parties, encouraged by that, really satisfied with outcome.”

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