Promises and insults fly at rallies

By Drum Digital
04 May 2014

Promises were made and insults at opposition parties hurled during political party rallies held across the country ahead of the elections.

Promises were made and insults at opposition parties hurled during political party rallies held across the country on Saturday, the fifth day before South Africans head to the polls.

The thousands of "bluenamis" gathered at the Democratic Alliance's final rally at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg were told by party leader Helen Zille that they had the power to dismiss a government if they were unhappy with its service delivery.

"Remember that in a democracy, the government is supposed to work for you... You hire with your vote and you fire with your vote."

Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane urged people not to waste their vote on potentially fly-by-night parties.

"South Africans must not be fooled by one election wonders. We are not guaranteed that they [EFF] will be around in 2019," he told reporters at the event.

He promised that if the DA won Gauteng, a referendum on whether e-tolls should continue would be held.

He also said that, if elected, he would create "hundreds of thousands of apprenticeships" and build new schools in the province.

Meanwhile at the Bekkersdal sports ground, African National Congress chairwoman Baleka Mbete said that the DA in the Western Cape was concerned with helping white people.

"What are the priorities for them are the issues of privileged white people... Black communities are not a priority to the DA," she told those gathered at the rally in the township west of Johannesburg.

Mbete said that government had become "more hands on.

"We will engage," she said.

Speaking in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa deemed the "last years of ANC rule" a "tragedy" and the executives in government as "shameless".

Holomisa said that, if he came into power in the Eastern Cape, he would turn it into a "model province in terms of all development goals".

Agang SA held a media briefing on Saturday in central Johannesburg, while African Christian Democratic Party president Kenneth Meshoe spoke at a rally in Atteridgeville.

It was also announced on Saturday that President Jacob Zuma would be casting his vote on Wednesday in Nkandla, in Kwazulu-Natal. Zuma has a traditional homestead located in the area.

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