DA provincial leader Patricia de Lille got emotional while expressing her gratitude to the people of Cape Town for voting her party into power again.
In a landslide win, the Democratic Alliance garnered 67% of the Western Province vote, while the ANC lagged behind with 24%.
On Friday, De Lille was given a warm hug by Housing MEC and Deputy provincial leader, Bonginkosi Madikizela, to loud cheers from the hundreds of DA supporters gathered outside the Civic Centre, as she condemned all who claim the DA is a white party.
“People have seen our worth and what we are capable of. Black, coloured, white and Indian Capetonians voted for this DA and borrowed us their votes once more.
“They have faith in what we have achieved and what we can all achieve together. We will not let you down.”
De Lille, who retains her mayoral seat, added: “Ons het die ANC ’n lekker klap in die gesig gegee.”
Then she announced that 67% of the budget would be spent on the people of Cape Town.
“Our main focus will be getting services to backyard-dwellers. Find your ward councillor, know them and tell them what you need. The work begins today.”
ANC Provincial Secretary Faiez Jacobs said the ANC will assume its role as the official opposition in the City of Cape Town “and all other municipalities where we came second to the DA, in a constructive manner, seeking a better life for all. We will step up our fight for the rights of poor communities.”