DA Western Cape leader Patricia de Lille (Tammy Petersen, News24)
Cape Town - There were plenty of selfies, hugs and chit-chat
when DA leader Mmusi Maimane and provincial leader Patricia de Lille greeted
commuters at the Cape Town train station on Thursday morning.
The two led a team of blue-clad party members on a voter
registration drive, where they handed out flyers and T-shirts to commuters
making their way to work.
Maimane, who was cornered by countless supporters armed with
cellphones, insisted that registering to vote was imperative.
“We realise we have a government which has failed to deliver
to the people. The only democratic instrument that South Africans have is to
vote them out,” he said.
“This weekend is about the future, especially for young
people who will vote for the first time.”
De Lille, who boogied with MPs and supporters outside the
station complex, said the party received “extremely positive feedback” from
“We are here to… motivate them to register this weekend and
also to explain that if they want us to continue with the good work in the City
of Cape Town, it is necessary for them to vote [for the DA] again,” she said.
Lynette Sobe from Khayelitsha was proud to say Maimane and
his party could count on her vote.
“Mmusi is great!” she enthused.
“He is rich, but he still thinks about the poor and how to
make our lives better. He understands and cares about us. I need to run to
Shoprite, but I will hurry back because I want to hug him. He is wonderful.”
Sobe said the party, through the City of Cape Town, had been
doing “very well” in delivering services.
“I struggled for eight years to get a title deed for my
house. I went to my local councillor, but nothing. When I took it up with the
DA, everything happened quick-quick. They work hard and deserve my vote.”
Sidney Goliath said while he believed the City was not
performing that well in his home town of Mitchells Plain, he would still make
his mark next to the blue party.
“Compared to when the ANC was in charge here, the DA
outperforms them by far,” he said.
“However, they are far from perfect. Sometimes I feel that
they look after the smart areas in the suburbs before they look after us.”
Others were also not as impressed when the party’s T-shirts
were being distributed.
“Ek sal my vensters was daarmee (I will wash my windows with
it),” one woman commented to a friend, who nodded in agreement.
“Hulle doen niks vir my nie, en mens sien net die mense
wanneer hulle onse votes soek (They do nothing for me and you only see them
when they want our votes).”