Cape Town - Democratic Alliance Western Cape premier candidate Alan Winde is confident the party will retain control of the province.
Speaking to the African News Agency at the IEC results centre in Cape Town on Thursday, a day after national elections, Winde said it was "so far, so good" for the DA despite the polls predicting the opposite at the end of last year.
Winde said it had been a tough and gruelling campaign after months of bitter political infighting which saw former Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille being booted out of the party under a cloud of corruption allegations.
"It was a whole range of issues from the drought to infighting, people perceiving whether delivery takes place or not," he said.
"We might brag that we have the lowest unemployment rate in South Africa but at the end of the day there are so many millions of people in the country and in this province thousands who don't have a job, and a lot of people moving here for opportunities which puts huge pressure on the system. It's a complex environment in which to operate, but it looks like we've managed to retain it."