All politicians are corrupt, woman tells Helen Zille

2014-04-05 17:33

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A woman wearing a T-shirt with Jacob Zuma’s face on it told Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille that she would be voting for the ANC because they were corrupt.

Helen Zille was today welcomed and applauded by supporters in a number of Durban suburbs she visited as part of the party’s 2014 national election campaign.

But in Wentworth she encountered the lone ANC supporter wearing a shirt bearing President Jacob Zuma’s image.

Zille offered to give her a blue T-shirt, but the jovial Barbara Martinus declined, saying all politicians were corrupt.

Asked about encounter afterwards, Zille said: “One lady had on an ANC T-shirt and she was making a point about the ANC. So I said to her you

are welcome to vote ANC if you want corruption. She said well if you can’t beat them, join them. And I said are you joining the ANC so that you can also benefit from corruption and she basically said yes.”

Zille said she then told the woman that there would not “be any gravy for you” because only those at the top benefited from corruption.

In Phoenix, Zille welcomed three councillors from the Minority Front – the party previously led by Amichand Rajbansi – and a senior youth leader from the Congress of the People.

Zille said the defections were part of a wider trend of opposition consolidating around the DA. She declined to comment on how she felt the party would fare in the election.

“I am not going to predict the result. It will be more than last time.

I’m not going to set a figure. There are lots of things happening in an election campaign, but I think people are sick of having their money stolen.”

In the Welbedacht area of Chatsworth she addressed members of an informal settlement which the DA claimed had not been provided with services by the municipality. She said she believed the ANC-ruled eThekwini Metro Municipality would soon address the issue of electricity as it feared votes being lost to the DA.

Zille was asked whether yesterday’s court decision, in which the South Gauteng High Court ruled that an SMS the DA sent to over 1.5 million prospective Gauteng voters accusing Zuma of stealing public money, was fair comment.

“My take on the Nkandla thing is what we said in the SMS. And we believe the Nkandla report shows how Jacob Zuma stole people’s money for his own comfort and his own convenience. The court said that was fair comment. And I believe yes, indeed, it is fair comment.”

The country heads to the polls on May 7.

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