ANC provincial leader Marius Fransman said his party was in a “real fight” with the DA to take the Western Cape, and he was confident of a victory.
“I can safely say now, we will, in this election, be thrashing the Democratic Alliance in the rural communities. We will push up our vote in the black communities, and you’re going to have a big split vote in the coloured community,” he said after he cast his vote in a hall next to the Dutch Reformed Church in Kuils River.
A confident Fransman said his party was in a “real fight” with the DA to wrest control of the Western Cape.
“Look, I think it’s always a daunting task.
“The ANC has never outright won the Western Cape, however, in 2004 we came in at 46 percent.”
Fransman had arrived at the voting station, wearing a gold-coloured Madiba shirt.
He said he had just come from the Electoral Commission Western Cape operations centre in Bellville.
“It is quite clear we’re seeing lower turn-outs in coloured communities,” he said when asked what he thought of the early morning turn-out.
However, in the black areas there were long queues, he said. “We’re quite excited. Our job is to make sure we secure, for everyone, a very, very high turn-out, because at the end, democracy must be victorious.”
Asked what percentage of the vote he thought the ANC might get, he said: “I will not make a prediction, but what we will say is that the DA know this is a real fight. It’s not an easy one, as it was for them in 2009.”
Fransman, who is his party’s premier candidate, chose to vote in Kuils River – the area in which he had spent his early years, and “walked the streets” as a child.
His rival and DA leader Helen Zille had earlier ditched her party’s blue and white colours in favour of purple when she voted in Rondebosch.
Zille’s change of colour was deliberate, her personal assistant Janine Schouw said.
“It makes her stand out more and it will look good on camera,” she said.
Zille arrived at the St Paul’s Church voting station in Rondebosch, to cast her vote wearing a long purple coat over a purple top and black skirt, with matching purple high-heel shoes and a purple necklace.
She was accompanied by her husband Johann Maree, who was more casually dressed. Schouw said Zille was coming to the polls “as a normal South African voter”.
Asked why she had chosen purple, Schouw admitted to spending only “about two percent” of her time advising her boss on fashion and the rest on other matters.
She said the colour “went well” with Zille’s skin tone.