Zille goes trekking in ANC country

2011-04-29 16:15

DA leader Helen Zille called for tolerance among political parties contesting the elections during her election drive at Ikageng in North West yesterday.

Zille went on a door-to-door crusade in what is known to be the ANC stronghold of Ikageng accompanied by some of her party’s top brass including North West leader Chris Hattingh, mayoral candidate Juanita Terblanche and ward councillor candidates Jabulani Makhunga and Daniel Lethoba among others.

She took the opportunity to pay a courtesy visit and lend a hand of support to Nomoya Makhunga, mother of ward councillor candidate Jabulani Makhunga.

Nomoya was assaulted last Sunday in the township by a man who allegedly accused her of “bringing white people to Ikageng and supporting the DA”.

Zille said victimisation of political candidates was unacceptable in a free South Africa.

“Victimisation of candidates is an insult to the heroes of the struggle. They struggled to give us the freedom to choose. They struggled to give us the freedom of speech. They struggled to give us the freedom to choose. They struggled to give us the freedom to belong to any party we choose. Every time we undermine those freedoms, we insult heroes like Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,” Zille said.

The ANC failed to register seven of its election candidates in Tlokwe municipality, including ward 19 in Ikageng where Jabulani is standing for the DA.

Sello Kgwatisi (23) said Jabulani was widely expected to win the ward since he will be contesting against the Freedom Front Plus and Cope which don’t have a strong presence in the township.

Hattingh said the infighting within the ANC was one of the reasons they could not field candidates for the local government elections in Tlokwe.

“We are seeing the ANC under extreme pressure of late as a result of the inroads we are making in areas considered to be their strongholds. They are now playing the race card to appeal to the emotions of voters.

“We have fielded more black candidates than whites in Tlokwe and playing the race card was uncalled for,” Hattingh said.

“It’s very sad actually because they are the government of Tlokwe at the moment and they are asking people to put them back into government but they can’t even register candidates in their strong wards. So that’s very sad for South Africa when a governing party can’t register its own candidates,” Zille said.

She continued: “What we’d like to do is have at least one municipality in every province where we could work as hard as possible to demonstrate to all the people that the DA delivers to all with passion and commitment.”

David Moeketsi (52) a traditional ANC member, said nothing will influence him to vote for another party.

Moeketsi acknowledged the dilemma posed by the ANC not registering a candidate in Ikageng but said even if his party does not appear on the ballot – he would rather spoil the ballot than vote DA.

“I wont change my vote – I am ANC,” Moeketsi said.

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