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ANC congratulates DA, EFF plans shake up in WC

While the ANC says it will analyse its performance in the WC, the EFF plans to shake up the opposition.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille speaks to journalists at the IEC's Western Cape results centre on 4 August 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) says its leadership will analyse the election results before deciding on how to map its way forward in the Western Cape.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) swept to victory across most of the province, with the ANC again having to lick its wounds.

The ANC has congratulated the DA on retaining the province in the municipal elections.

The DA managed to get the majority vote in previously held ANC municipalities, such as Beaufort West and Berg River.

The ANC's Cape Town mayoral candidate, Xolani Sotashe, says the DA pulled out all the stops in its elections campaign.

"We were really fighting a very powerful, well-oiled machine of the Democratic Alliance."

He says party leaders will now analyse the results and decide on the best way forward, so that it can continue making an impact in the province.

"It was a mandate in terms of the caucus of the ANC. We will take that mandate and execute it."

The final election results are expected to be made available tomorrow.

EFF SHAKE UP

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) plans to shake up the opposition to the DA in the Western Cape.

The party's local government elections debut has secured it just under three percent of the vote and a number of council seats in the province.

The EFF has earned a reputation for its theatrics and disruptive antics in Parliament.

Now the party's set to bring the same political recipe to local government in the Western Cape.

The EFF's Tebogo Makwele says: "If it comes to push and we need petitions to be signed by our people, we'll make it happen."

Makwele says the party will push its land agenda and has certain Cape Town by-laws in its sights.

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