ANC are sissies, says De Lille
Cape Town - The ANC and the DA are neck-and-neck in the battle for Cape Town in the upcoming municipal elections, Democratic Alliance mayoral candidate for the city Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday.
Addressing students at the University of Cape Town, she said it was important for every DA supporter to vote to ensure the party remained in power.
"In 2006 we got only 46% of the vote. We need every DA supporter to vote on election day to achieve an outright majority," said De Lille.
She said Cape Town was the best run municipality in the country and that the people living there could ensure it remained that way by voting.
"We don't want this city to return to the days when the ANC was in power," she said.
"If you don't go and vote, you will risk returning to the days of the ANC."
She said the DA was seeking another term to engage with the people of Cape Town.
The party had done much in the past five years in terms of service delivery and it had kept the promises it had made.
"On May 18, please vote and vote DA... we can keep the city out of the hands of the ANC."
DA leader Helen Zille said the party focused on service delivery and had a track record in the city to prove it.
She appealed to people to vote DA to allow the party to build on the foundation it had laid in the past five years.
The DA wanted to win Cape Town "outright" as well as acquire a platform in local government in many other provinces.
She said youth had an important role to play in elections and urged them to be pro-active. Evidence showed that "young people" were emerging as a key factor in politics.
She said that over 80% of newly registered voters were not yet 30.
Zille said race should not be used as an issue when voting.
Between 200 to 300 students of all races and not all DA supporters had gathered in the auditorium to listen to Zille.
The students, some of them addressing her as "Helen" questioned Zille about the DA's strategy and the fact that it was so similar to the ANC's in that it only attacked the opposition. One student asked whether she was making up any facts about Cape Town being the best run metro in the country.
‘ANC are sissies’
Other questions about open-air toilets as well as the poor quality of public education and healthcare within the metro were also asked.
Zille, while agreeing that "education for the poor is disastrous", said there were also many public schools in the metro that achieved excellent results.
She blamed "teacher quality" as one of the main reasons for the poor quality of public education.
When asked if the DA was intimidated by the ANC Youth League or the party's leaders, Zille said the ANC was a "closed-crony party" in which one needed to have political connections and that there was no reason for the DA to be intimidated.
De Lille responded saying the ANC were sissies who were, in fact, intimidated by the DA.
"We are not intimidated by the ANCYL or ANC leaders. They are intimidated by us.
"I call them sissies because they are intimidated by us," she said to loud applause from the auditorium.