2019 ELECTIONS: NEWSFLASH

‘We’ve got work ahead of us,’ says Winde as DA clinches third straight provincial win in Western Cape

By Suné Payne 10 May 2019
Caption
Western Cape Premier candidate Alan Winde takes pictures with supporters at the provincial manifesto launch of the Democratic Alliance at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town on Saturday 2 March 2019. Photo: Sandisiwe Shoba

The Western Cape will be the only province not governed by the ANC, after final provincial results showed the Democratic Alliance recording their third straight provincial win. Longtime MEC, Alan Winde will now become the second DA premier in the Western Cape, taking the reins from Helen Zille.

With more than one million votes, the DA secured their crown jewel – Western Cape, with 98% of votes in the province captured.

At a final media briefing in Cape Town on Friday, the IEC in the province revealed voter turnout was 66.6%, but this lowered turnout rate was still enough to secure a DA majority.

Courtney Sampson, IEC Western Cape provincial electoral officer, said the 66% turnout was 6% less compared to the 2014 elections.

During the briefing, Sampson told Alan Winde, the DA premier candidate in the province:

Alan Winde, you may now become the next premier candidate if your colleagues in the legislature decide to vote for you.”

But for Winde and the party, there are issues the party needs to address in the province.

Winde told Daily Maverick he and his team, in the next coming days, will make“more concrete” plans on core campaign issues – public transport, policing, safety and crime.

Alan Winde was MEC for Community Safety before the election.

ANC Head of Elections Ebrahim Rasool, said the DA needed to focus on housing and will keep a tight squeeze on the party’s promises on crime.

Internally for the ANC, Rasool said the most important part was now for the ANC to create a “good, strong and activist opposition” in the legislature.

The third biggest party in the province, the EFF told Daily Maverick the DA needed to focus on land for housing, sanitation, water and electricity.

Melikhaya Xego, EFF provincial chairperson, told Daily Maverick that while the party had accepted that they had not won the province, they had “shown growth” in the province. In 2014, the party had won 2.11% of the vote – but provisional results show the party is at 3,98%.

Ultimately, the “DA must, first of all, go down to the people,” said Xego.

In fourth place is Good, with 3%,  in fifth place ACDP at 2.66% and FF+ in sixth  place at 1.57%. DM

Gallery

In other news...

The South African economy is choking harder than the Proteas. Although to be choking you have to actually be eating and the Proteas seem to be on some sort of juice cleanse-like fast…*

Back to the economy: In the first quarter the GDP dive-bombed by a whopping 3.2%. The sense of futility can paralyse us into inaction and moaning. But it’s times like these that call for effort and action, no matter how small. Yes, South Africa is hurting. Yes the ravaged economy is evident everywhere you look. But you can make a difference, in your own personal way and by supporting independent media like Daily Maverick. We’ve pledged to continue the fight through producing incisive and impactful investigations and analysis, the same way we have done every day for the last decade.

By becoming a Maverick Insider you can help us keep doing what we do, so that you and others who can’t afford it, can keep reading the truth. For whatever amount you choose, you can support DM and it only takes a minute.

Support Daily Maverick→Payment options

*Proteas, you know we love you. We’d just love you more if you won occasionally...


Comments - share your knowledge and experience

Please note you must be a Maverick Insider to comment. Sign up here or if you are already an Insider.

ANALYSIS

Cop vs Cop: Rival Western Cape police units at each other’s throats

By Marianne Thamm

Despite receiving a knighthood from the Queen, Bill Gates cannot use the title "Sir" due to his being American.