Moodey raring to go as DA welcomes him back to the fold

2012-03-10 17:11

DA Gauteng caucus leader John Moodey has been returned to the party’s provincial leadership after an absence of two years.

Moodey was provincial leader until 2009, when he was re-elected but stripped of his position after being found guilty of improper electioneering.

Janet Semple was then elected in his place, but for yesterday’s election she threw her weight behind Moodey.
Moodey got 507 votes compared with MP Ian Ollis, who only received 281.

In his acceptance speech, Moodey said: “We are going forward. We are taking the fight to the ANC and come 2014 we’re going to win Gauteng.”

Support for the DA grew in non-traditional constituencies, or wards where mainly black people live, under Moodey’s watch, and it continued under Semple.

The party is hoping that this growth will continue.

Last year in the local government elections, the DA managed to push the ANC’s support to under 60% of the vote, and the DA is hoping to build on that and govern the province in 2014, with or without coalition partners.

DA leader Helen Zille told City Press yesterday that the party had not done all the maths yet.

“Two years is a short time in politics, but it’s also a long time. Anything can happen.”

Addressing a packed Heartfelt Arena in Tshwane, Zille warned that the ANC wanted to change the Constitution because the party had failed to deliver the better life it had promised.

She told conference delegates the “second transition” to social and economic transformation that the ANC was talking about in its policy discussion documents was designed to “fool” people into supporting the party’s plans to amend the Constitution. Zille said the ANC’s voter base was eroding and the only way it could cling on to power was by changing the Constitution.

The DA would resist this because if the ANC changed the Constitution, South Africa would become a “failed state”.

“But we don’t need a new Constitution; we need a new government,” she said.

Zille put up an energetic show, singing and toyi-toying as she got on to the stage.

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