#Elections2016: Victory for the DA in Tshwane

Yesterday, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane claimed victory in Tshwane.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane at the party's closing elections rally at the Dobsonville Stadium on 30 July 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The IEC has announced that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has secured 43.1 percent of the vote in the Tshwane Metro, making it the majority party.

This translates in 93 seats, while the African National Congress (ANC) has 89 seats and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has 25 seats in the council.

Maimane says a pragmatic approach must be adopted when deciding what policy issues can be negotiated on.

"There are certain things that we can't do, that fall outside the confines of what is delegated authority to a local government. And we can make those things as rhetorical as we want, but actually when it comes to what is possible that is what we got to debate."

"Take Tshwane, you don't get 43 percent on the back of white supporters, you can't even sustain the argument. So it has to be a diversity of voters."

There are about 28 councils across the country where the DA can create a coalition government.

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Last night, Maimane claimed victory in Tshwane.

He said he believed just like in Nelson Mandela Bay, the DA would be the biggest party in Tshwane.

"As the situation stands at the moment, we will be bigger than the ANC," he said at around 6pm yesterday.

An emotional Solly Msimanga, who will be mayor of the capital if these projections are correct, added that hard work has paid off.

"It is a bit of an emotional day. We have run a very, very long and hard race in this campaign."

Maimane said work had now begun to get smaller parties on board for a coalition.

In June, Tshwane was hit by protests after the announcement of former Public Works Minister Thoko Didiza as the African National Congress (ANC)'s mayoral candidate for the metro.

Residents in Hammanskraal, Mamelodi and Atteridgeville were among the people calling for current mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa to be retained.