Don’t just keep re-electing an under-performing party, Zille urges

2013-10-07 00:00

DEMOCRATIC Alliance leader Hellen Zille told supporters at Ntuzuma in Durban at the weekend that a vote was not something permanently given to an under-performing party.

Addressing a packed Lindelani community hall on Saturday, Zille said: “In a democracy you lend your vote. At the end of five years, you take your vote and vote for another government.”

Earlier, she conducted a door-to-door campaign where she learnt that 200 low-cost houses were without water and electricity.

Zille was told that the Ngaleka family had to pay R15 a day, a total of R450 a month, to have water collected from a communal tap.

“How can you build a house without water? I am going to ask the president,” she said, promising to take up the issue with authorities.

Zille said the DA would do its part in asking questions of authorities, but residents had to play their part by voting for her party.

“If you want us to do things and make things happen, we have to be in government. We can only be in government if we get enough votes,” she said, before warning the residents against re-electing the incumbent councillor.

Zille insisted the DA was the only party that could be relied on if people disliked corruption.

“You are not going to change your government through toyi-toyiing, but you can by voting for us.”

Zille took a swipe at the eThekwini Municipality and listed alleged corrupt practices contained in the Manase report, which included councillors and officials doing business with the municipality.

“They are not allowed to do business with the government. You can’t be in a government that gives contracts to firms that you are involved in,” Zille said.

She also criticised eThekwini for not having a waiting list for housing, saying the Western Cape has a fair system that ensures the right people receive houses and that action was taken against those wrongly allocated houses.

Zille would not say what the DA’s electoral target was for the upcoming general elections, but dismissed the ANC’s hopes of garnering 70% in KZN.

However, she said her party was eyeing votes from the “born-frees”, who would be voting for the first time.

Also speaking at the meeting, the DA caucus leader in the eThekwini council Zwakele Mncwango said: “Watch out who you vote for and decide on a government that will bring development.”


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