‘ANC members will vote DA’

2011-05-12 11:00

ANC members want to “teach their party a lesson” by voting for opposition parties in the local government election, the DA’s Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip said today.

Trollip, who was campaigning in the rural areas around Port St Johns, said he had met many ANC members who said they would wearing their ANC T-shirts over Democratic Alliance T-shirts when they cast their ballots.

“Many ANC members have said to me that they will vote tactically for the DA as a way of teaching their party a lesson,” Trollip said.

“They say they will arrive at the voting booths wearing their ANC T-shirts, but underneath they will have a blue, DA shirt. I think we can expect a lot of surprises in this election.”

Trollip expects the DA to win at least four municipalities in Eastern Cape, with the possibility of a few surprises.

“I think we will take Port Elizabeth through a coalition with another party,” he said.

“We will definitely win Coega, which we won in 2000. We will keep Baviaans, and Camdeboo municipality in Graaff-Reinet is vulnerable.”

Trollip said the party was winning over enormous support from young people in the province.

“What I have found at our meetings is that many young people, between the age of 18 and 30, are coming to support us. It’s a very positive sign for the future.” Trollip was met with singing and dancing supporters at the Mtumbane village on a hill above the ocean in Port St Johns.

He said during the meeting people should not believe the ANC when it said the DA would bring back apartheid and take away their grants.

“Many from the Transkei and Eastern Cape take a overnight bus to Cape Town because they know there is work there and there are opportunities there,” he said, speaking in Xhosa.

“That says a lot about the government in the Eastern Cape. People should not have to leave the Eastern Cape. There are many opportunities here to create jobs in tourism, agriculture and timber.”

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