The Democratic Alliance (DA) party is happy about the shrinking of South Africa’s ruling party, ANC to below 50 percent in the Mangaung by-election.
In a media statement, the DA Free State Leader Patricia Kopane MP relate that the party recorded a strong growth in Mangaung by-election.
Kopane said the growth in Ward 39 Mangaung, is a triumph for the DA and shows that the party is gathering increasing support in the Metro.
According to the DA leader, the party reduced ANC’s support by doubling its votes. She said:
“The DA surged in voter support, doubling our votes from the August 2016 elections, and bringing the ANC below 50% in this Ward for the first time.
While the ANC nosedived by 6%, the DA grew by an outstanding 13% in this Ward.”
Stressing that the outcome of the Mangaung by-election is a victory for the DA, Kopane identified that her party’s expansion in the Metro is in line with the trend of increasing DA support across South Africa.
“At the Ebenezer Pre-School voting station, in Morolong Township, DA support grew from 5.4% in 2016 to 19.4%…
“And at the Shammah Primary School voting station, in Taba Nchu, the DA achieved 24.1% of the vote…which is an enormous achievement in a voting district where the DA has previously obtained very few votes.”
“At both the Mmabana Community Hall voting station, and the Itireleng Tsoelopele Creche voting station” she continued, “the DA beat the ANC for the first time.”
With the above, the DA leader asserted that voters in areas previously considered ANC strongholds are increasingly “making the choice to support the DA, and our brand of good governance, while turning their backs on Jacob Zuma’s ANC.
“The DA is thrilled with this surge in support in Mangaung, and we thank the voters of Ward 39 who came out in their numbers to support us,” Kopane added.
Above all, she expressed that the DA is working towards dethroning the ANC and winning the Ward in future.