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DA in Nelson Mandela Bay 'not talking coalition' - Trollip

2016-04-26 13:00
The stage bearing DA leader Mmusi Maimane's face at the party's election manifesto launch in Johannesburg.

Port Elizabeth - The DA in Nelson Mandela Bay is not considering a coalition after the upcoming elections, but are "in this thing to win it", mayoral candidate Athol Trollip said on Tuesday.

The DA had not embarked on what would effectively be an 11-month election campaign, only to talk coalitions before the polls had even taken place, he told reporters at a briefing to mark 100 days before the August 3 local government elections.

Trollip said Nelson Mandela Bay residents knew who the DA’s mayoral candidate was, but they still did not know who the other parties’ mayoral candidates were.

"Never once, in any meeting, has there ever been any ambiguity about what we want to do. We know this city cannot endure another five years under the ANC," he said. 

The party’s main focus for the metro would be eliminating corruption, addressing unemployment, and service delivery.

They would ask voters to "choose change, stand up for change and vote for change". During May, party members would go on door-to-door visits and hold town hall meetings to explain their manifesto.

In May 2015, Danny Jordaan was appointed the metro’s mayor. The SA Football Association boss was the fourth mayor in six years in the ANC-run municipality, whose leadership had been mired in infighting.

In 2009, Nondumiso Maphazi was fired as mayor and replaced by Zanoxolo Wayile, who in turn was fired in 2013 and replaced by Ben Fihla.

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