The Economic Freedom Fighters secured two seats in the provincial legislature, with the African Christian Democratic Party, Patricia de Lille’s GOOD Party, the Freedom Front Plus and Al Jama-ah each taking one seat.
The DA held on to its clear majority in the Western Cape with 55% of the vote, but its support has shrunk compared to 2014 when it reached 59%.
Meanwhile, incoming Western Cape premier Alan Winde, 54, says he is no Helen Zille.
Winde is expected to be formally elected as premier on 22 May, and said he took lessons from the last 10 years of Zille’s terms, reports the Weekend Argus.
“We are very different people. I will bring the more entrepreneurial, innovative side and I have obviously learnt lots of lessons in government and how to get things to happen.”
Tongue-in cheek, he laughed, adding: “I’ll not to do the tweet stuff.”
Winde, his wife and two children are now preparing for the move from their Claremont home to the official Leeuwenhof residence.
Winde’s first task will be to appoint a new cabinet of 10 MECs: “We need to keep the experience, but you also want new blood.”
Zille was slammed for her all-male predominantly white cabinet.
Meanwhile, former premier Peter Marais is headed back to the Western Cape legislature.
The now Freedom Front Plus official will be among the 42 MPLs to be sworn in during provincial parliament’s first sitting.
The GOOD Party’s Brett Herron will be taking up the party’s provincial seat, while De Lille will likely represent GOOD in the National Assembly.