(Thulani Gqirana, News24)
Cape Town – There were drum rolls, blue confetti and even fire as DA Western Cape leader, Patricia De Lille, launched her mayoral campaign on Sunday.
She was supported by party leader, Mmusi Maimane, who walked into the packed hall to Mafikizolo’s Khona, dishing out hugs and handshakes as he made his way into and out of the event.
The event was also attended by former DA leader and premier Helen Zille.
De Lille launched her mayoral campaign at the Swartklip Indoor Sports Centre in Mitchells Plain. Hundreds of bused-in supporters screamed and shouted as she walked in to her signature Tina Turner song, Simply the Best.
Lend me your vote
De Lille said under the DA, Cape Town was a living example of what is possible with the right government in power. She detailed some of the successes of her term, and called for the supporters to give her a chance at another term.
“Five years ago, I asked you to lend me your vote in order to build the city on five pillars: the opportunity city; the safe city; the caring city; the inclusive city; and the well-run city,” she said.
“If you lend us your vote, we will continue to make progress building an opportunity city, a safe city, a caring city, an inclusive city, and a well-run city.”
She said they would take Cape Town further on its journey towards building a new South Africa.
After the event, De Lille said she had come full circle in Cape Town. "I would really like to serve them for another five years."
Fastest growing city
She said politicians won elections in the four years in between elections.
"People know I've been going out and listening to them. But of course we were not able to go and meet everyone's expectations, because the City of Cape Town is the fastest growing city in the country," she said.
They always tried their best to explain their plans to the people, she said.
Maimane said they were there to bury the ANC. He said the people of Cape Town chose to vote for change 10 years ago, and they would be doing the same again during the upcoming elections.
Maimane said in choosing De Lille, the party had chosen someone who wanted to be a servant of the people. She was someone who wanted everyone to have a taste of freedom, he said.