S.Africa opposition DA retains control of province in vote

AFP , Friday 9 May 2014

South African opposition Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille (C) speaks to the media before casting her vote in Rondebosch, Cape Town, May 7, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

South Africa's Democratic Alliance party has retained control of the Western Cape, the country's only opposition-run province, with increased support from voters in this week's general elections, results showed Friday.

The ruling African National Congress, which secured a resounding victory in Wednesday's polls, failed to take the province that includes Cape Town from the DA, which garnered 59 percent of the votes -- up from 51 percent in 2009 polls.

"This significant increase is a vote of confidence in the DA's track record in government," said party leader and Western Cape premier Helen Zille on Friday.

The DA also saw its support in Wednesday's national vote increase by a third to 22.2 percent, though loyalty to Nelson Mandela's liberation movement returned the ANC to government with over 60 percent of the vote.

"The DA grew in this election by 1.1 million votes of which 700,000 came from black South Africans," said Zille of her party which has traditionally been seen as a political group of whites.

The ANC, in power since the end of apartheid ended 20 years ago, took the country's remaining eight provinces.

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