Johannesburg - Heavyweights from the DA took their
election campaign to Soweto, south of Johannesburg, on Thursday, promising
residents better lives under the DA.
Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane said in Jabulani:
"The only way Soweto will be better... can only happen under DA
government. We will make sure the people of Soweto have title deeds."
Dozens of people wearing DA T-shirts cheered as he added:
"We are simply saying, on 7 May [election day], DA government is
Standing on the back of a bakkie with DA leader Helen
Zille, he accidentally referred to the ANC as the "blue, green-" then
corrected himself to say "black, green and gold".
Zille said the DA government had very good policies.
"If we are going to implement them, we need to be in
"Lots of people ask why doesn't the DA do things for
people in Gauteng like it does in the Western Cape. It's your chance on 7 May."
Zille said the "DA difference" would mean more
jobs, better service delivery, better hospitals and a better life.
"The person who will bring you clean governance in
Gauteng is Mmusi Maimane."
Earlier, Zille was greeted with ululation as she arrived
As she and Maimane led the DA procession through the
streets, she applied sunscreen thickly to her face.
They visited a woman, who had her leg in a plaster cast,
in her bed.
At another house, Zille cradled a small child on her lap
as she listened to a woman's concerns.
She introduced Maimane to the woman, saying: "You
can make us [the DA] come to Soweto by voting for Mmusi."
The woman told them her children did not have jobs and
Maimane encouraged her to vote DA.
Losing faith in
At the next house, Zille and Maimane greeted Bongilile
Khumalo and her husband, who were sitting on the stoep.
Zille cooed over the baby Khumalo was holding and asked
permission to hold her.
She cuddled the baby as Khumalo told her that her
children were unable to find jobs and complained about housing.
Khumalo's daughter said after the DA left the house that
they had promised to fix these issues if the DA won Gauteng in the elections.
"They promised, but we don't believe them."
Another resident, Charmaine Radebe, watched the DA
procession as it wended its way through her neighbourhood.
"These people are doing the same thing as the ANC,
promising us things, but we don't know if they are going to come through."
Radebe said politicians had abandoned young people, who
had no money for education and battled to find jobs.
Another man, who asked not to be named, predicted that
the DA would win Gauteng.
He said he had no political affiliation himself as he had
lost faith in politicians.
"All politicians are the same. They only come before
an election and we never see them again."
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