In addition to successfully putting together coalitions, and winning outright in uMngeni, Midvaal and Kouga (among others), the DA made a clean sweep of the mayoral positions in the Gauteng metros of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane.
This was an unexpected result. We did not ask to lead these governments and we did not solicit the support of the EFF. There was no deal or quid pro quo. It is clear that the EFF did not vote with the DA, so much as against the ANC. They extracted no concessions from us, and they will get no concessions from us, so these governments may not last long.
We got here by sticking to our principles and we will proceed according to our principles, whether we govern for five days or five years.
While we are in government, we are going to get stuck in cancelling corrupt contracts and running strongly pro-poor governments. Mindful that we will be governing under tough conditions, with hostile administrations and massive infrastructure backlogs.
Where we govern in outright or in stable coalitions, we fully intend to work tirelessly to turn these places into shining examples of good governance.
Please help us to build and expand the DA, so that we can take full advantage of the collapse of the ANC and build the South African future we all want.