Cape Town - Since the dawn of democracy in 1994, the Western Cape has remained one of the most hotly contested provinces.
For years, it was an intense two-way race between the then New National Party (NNP) – later the DA – and the ANC. But it was the NNP that surprised friend and foe alike at the first democratic elections, held on April 27,1994, by winning a clear majority.
The late Hernus Kriel was the first NNP premier of the Western Cape from May 11, 1994 to May 11, 1998.
In 1999, the NNP only got 39% of the vote but after forming an alliance with the Democratic Party, it kept the ANC out of power in the province.
After his departure, the hot seat was filled by Gerald Morkel. In 2001, the NNP alliance with the DA collapsed and it sought a partnership with the ANC.