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Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance's showing in by-elections held this week indicates its support is growing, the party said on Thursday.
“The DA made significant inroads in by-elections held yesterday [Wednesday],” spokesman Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.
“We contested four wards across the country, holding all three previously DA wards with increased majorities.”
In the ANC-held ward in Magareng in the Northern Cape, the DA's support increased fivefold since 2009.
From receiving 7.5 percent in 2009 in the ward, the DA received 38.8 percent of the votes cast on Wednesday.
“The result in Magareng is particularly significant, since it shows that the DA is growing in areas that were once considered ANC strongholds,” said Maimane.
“We are pleased with these results. The DA continues to grow in all communities across South Africa.”
Results released by the Independent Electoral Commission on Thursday morning saw the ANC retain the three wards they held before the by-elections.