Take a chance on the DA - Zille

2011-05-12 16:49
Johannesburg - Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille on Thursday asked Soshanguve residents to "take a chance" on her party in the upcoming local government elections.

"It is up to you. Take a chance on the DA. After all, what do you have to lose? You can choose another five years of neglect... [or] You can choose the DA difference," she said in an address for delivery in Itsoseng, Soshanguve.

The DA has earmarked the capital, Tshwane, as a metro it hoped to claim in the May 18 polls.

President Jacob Zuma earlier this week remarked the DA were "daydreamers" for thinking they could claim key metros such as Johannesburg and Tshwane.

Zille told residents the ANC was aware it could lose Tshwane.

"We know this because, according to WikiLeaks, this is what an ANC official told an American diplomat last year. The ANC's fear of losing is why it has spent most of the campaign trying to discredit the DA instead of talking about its own track record in government.

"It will tell you lies such as that the DA does not care about the poor where it governs, that Cape Town is the most unequal city in the world.

"The truth is that the gap between the rich and the poor in Cape Town is smaller than any other city in South Africa.

"In fact, sadly for South Africa, Johannesburg is the most unequal city in the world. Pretoria is not far behind."

Moving out of poverty

She said people were "moving out of poverty" in Cape Town because the metro invested more in services and infrastructure that benefited the poor than any other city in the country.

"Every household with an income of less than R3 000 per month gets free water, electricity and refuse removal. As part of this indigent policy, these households do not have to pay rates. From next year, this income threshold will be increased to R4 000 per month.

"Last year, the National Treasury praised Cape Town for creating 10 000 permanent jobs and 16 300 temporary jobs - more than any other metro in the country. Since the DA has been in office, housing delivery in Cape Town has doubled."

Zille urged Tshwane residents to turn up at the polls to make their mark next week.

"We can do it if you just lend us your vote for five years," she said.

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