South Africa: Zille Faces Dilemma as DA Takes W Cape

source: allAfrica
Cape Argus (Cape Town)
Lynnette Johns
26 April 2009

Cape Town — The DA has officially clinched 51 percent of Western Cape votes, leaving party leader Helen Zille free to go it alone in the provincial government.

This weekend, Zille was busy planning her next move – including her exit from the mayor’s office at the City of Cape Town.

The ACDP’s Grant Haskin, the deputy mayor, will become the acting mayor from April 29, when the election results are gazetted – the date when Zille becomes the premier elect.

In the provincial legislature the DA is guaranteed 22 seats but should Zille opt for a coalition government she could have trouble getting smaller parties to join hands with her.

Newcomer Cope, which won 7.74 percent of votes, has decided to [continue reading]

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