Zille: Gauteng 'battlefield' for power

The DA believes Gauteng and the Northern Cape are the two provinces it stands a chance to take over.

DA leaders Helen Zille believes Gauteng will be the most interesting "battlefield" for power in the upcoming national elections. Picture: Catherine Rice/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille says Gauteng will be the most interesting "battle field" for power in the upcoming national elections.

The party believes Gauteng and the Northern Cape will be the two provinces where the DA stands a chance to take over.

The main opposition party has announced its candidate list, where Zille will be the Western Cape premier if the DA remains in power there.

Mmusi Maimane has been elected as the DA candidate for Gauteng if the party takes over the region from the ANC.

Zille says if the predictions are anything to go by, the ANC may only obtain 50 percent of supporters' votes in Gauteng, adding that the ruling party will only be able to remain in power if it forms a coalition.

"Gauteng is the most interesting battlefield metaphorically in the selection. I hope it doesn't literally become a battlefield.

"But I hope a peaceful electoral battlefield, which we can present our plan to the voters to say to them give us a chance, lend us you vote for five years and see if things can get better."