DA’s ‘Stop Zuma’ campaign addresses Durban

2009-04-15 00:00

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille took her “Stop Zuma” campaign to Durban yesterday, where she encouraged supporters to vote in the “most important elections” since 1994.

Supporters packed the Westville Civic Centre to listen to Zille, who is on her last election campaign trail before election day on April 22.

A jovial Zille joked with the crowd and said that she was “all danced and sung out” from her exhausting campaign trail.

Shouts of “Stop Zuma” echoed in the hall while her supporters cheered as Zille made her way to the podium.

An excited Zille told the crowd that the Democratic Alliance is a “blue wave that is breaking over South Africa, one that will wash the ANC away”.

She spoke about the withdrawal of fraud and corruption charges against ANC president Jacob Zuma and the taped conversations between former Scorpions head Leonard McCarthy and former Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka.

“Those tapes were never verified. There was no reason to let Zuma off the hook.

“It is a blatant and obvious scam and abuse of power,” she said.

Zille said that people must remember that a truly democratic country means that governments can change peacefully.

“Liberation governments make very bad governments because a liberation struggle is about seizing power and it’s usually done in undemocratic contexts,” she said.

She said that ANC Youth League president Julius Malema is an example of a politician who repeatedly defies the people who stand in his way.

“We know that democracy is about limiting power to politicians and increasing power to the people,” Zille said.

She slammed politicians who use blue light brigades and who fly on first class flights, all at the taxpayer’s expense.

“If we get our foundations right now, our children will be free to pursue all the beautiful things in life. I vow to continue working for the people of South Africa.”

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