Shortly after the local government elections results came in, DA spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme predicted a nightmare scenario for president and ANC leader Jacob Zuma.
“Jacob Zuma will go home to an IFP-run Ward, go to Parliament in a DA-run city, and likely to work in a DA-run capital city,” Van Damme said on Twitter.
This scenario came true this week, after DA councillor Solly Msimanga was elected executive mayor of the City of Tshwane.
His election follows the appointment of other DA members as the city’s leaders: Rachel Mathebe as speaker and Christo van den Heever as chief whip.
In Cape Town, the DA increased its share of the vote from 61% in 2011 to 67% in 2016.
DA Western Cape leader Patricia de Lille was re-elected as Cape Town mayor last week in the first council meeting following the municipal polls.
The ANC has also lost the Nkandla municipality to the IFP, where the party secured 54% of the vote in the region.
This means that Zuma will, for the most part, not reside or work in ANC-run municipalities until his presidential term comes to an end in 2019.