Zille: DA gets 760,000 black votes

The party is celebrating after it became the official opposition in five new provinces.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille casts her vote in Rondebosch in Cape Town. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Democratic Alliance (DA) is celebrating on Friday afternoon after it became the official opposition in five new provinces and substantially increased its national support base.

The party unseated the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) to become the opposition in KwaZulu-Natal.

The party earlier held a media conference at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s National Results Operations Centre in Pretoria.

Almost all of the national votes are in with counting in the provinces between 94 and 100 percent complete.

The DA says it is happy with the results and has made significant gains.

DA leader Helen Zille heralded the fifth democratic general elections as a major breakthrough for the party.

She said it secured 760,000 black votes.

This figure is quantified using the 2011 census data and its own ward profiles, the party said.

"It's a big breakthrough for us. We have broken through the ceiling"

Zille said the party is also excited to have become the official opposition in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape and the Free State.

However, the DA was unable to become the official opposition in Limpopo and the North West, which went to the Economic Freedom Fighters.

The DA leader says results are very close to what the party expected to get and all roads now lead to the 2016 local government elections.

Zille says they expect to make further inroads in ANC-dominated provinces.

The party will retain leadership of the Western Cape after winning the province with 59 percent of the vote.