DA leader Helen Zille is flanked by Lindiwe Mazibuko and Mmusi Maimane. File picture: Masi Losi

Pretoria - The Democratic Alliance cheered as it hit the four-million mark in the national elections on Friday.

Just before 3.30pm, preliminary results showed the party had received 4 002 663 votes so far - 22.15 percent of the national vote.

In 2009, the party received 2 945 829 votes - 16.66 percent.

Leader Helen Zille and fellow party members at the Electoral Commission of SA's national result centre ululated as the numbers on the big blue result board changed.

“Uyatatazela... mshini wam, mshini wam (the machine is shaking in fear),” Zille sang in clear reference to President Jacob Zuma.

In 2007, Zuma became know for the song “mshini wam” (bring me my machine gun).