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.

  • Kribb88 - 2011-05-12 16:59

    We are behind her all the way....calling the ANC criminals is more of a compelment than insult - 2011-05-12 17:07

      Well said Kribb, wow the english language.

      Joe_Public - 2011-05-12 17:40

      It's simple really. Ask yourself: "Am I happy with the way my municipality is being run now?" Then ask yourself: "Who is running the municipalities that are being run like I want mine to be run." Very easy answer. Then walk to the voting station on 18 May and go and put an X next to your answer to the 2nd question above. Very simple process.

  • Smindlo - 2011-05-12 17:02

    sure Zille, you have my vote, in Ekurhuleni though...

      Taurusaurus - 2011-05-14 18:45

      And my vote :) We're not taking a chance with the DA - we're taking a guarantee! Viva Zille Viva!! Viva DA Viva!! All the way with the DA!!

  • clark - 2011-05-12 17:12

    - You go Helen, you good thing.

      Smindlo - 2011-05-12 17:26

      hehehe, there is no stopping her now, is there? she just has to keep up the momentum for 2014, regular refuse removal, no potholes, fixed traffic lights, no tenders for cronies, and I will vote Zille anyday

  • JHF - 2011-05-12 17:20

    People are brainwashed by politicians the last 2 weeks. Vote for change and not for history. For ANC voters, history will repeat itself if you do not encourage people to vote for the future. The future lies with other political parties that deserves a better opportunity to serve the people.

  • Father-Time - 2011-05-12 17:21

    Its not taking a chance when you vote for the DA, its an informed well placed decision that will better your and your families lives. Very clever of Zille though, as the target voters in this case are known for the chance taking, unprotected s*x, uncontrolled drinking, criminal activity and backward spiritual beliefs all make up for pretty much an entire life of chances, so she really appealed to these peoples identity.

      ir8m8 - 2011-05-12 17:50

      thats your experience with the DA when it comes to service delivery is not so hot...

      gizzy - 2011-05-12 18:20

      The racist troll is back!

      Bantu - 2011-05-13 14:27

      F-T: U just reminded me of what the DA stands for. A party for racists of which i cannot b part. the madame may have good intentions, but the flock leaves a lot to be desired & only shoot themselves in the foot by their racist tendencies. u just lost 1 vote DA.

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-12 17:22

    Go Zille Go!

      Bantu - 2011-05-13 14:46

      Go to Cape Town Zille and deliver to all as u promised, not only to those already serviced, otherwise the ANC will snatch even the whole WC.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-05-12 17:27

    Helen has hit the nail on the head. Votes should only be on loan for 5 years. No service, no vote loan for the next 5 years. The ANC were GIVEN votes, took the voters for granted and screwed up big time. Voters, take your vote loan BACK from the ANC and loan it to some other party like the DA who work for their salaries.

  • Beedyeye - 2011-05-12 17:30

    You go Helen, you have my vote !

      Taurusaurus - 2011-05-14 19:22

      and mine! :)

  • Christo - 2011-05-12 17:42

    You have my vote for more than 5 years as long as you keep the people's needs at heart :) Viva DA viva!

      Taurusaurus - 2011-05-14 18:37

      Same here :) HOORAY FOR DA!!

  • John - 2011-05-12 17:58

    Zille SHOULD get Tshwane. You would have to be a moron to vote for the ANC - sadly the ANC will get in - take the feedback Soshanguve residents. Maybe another 5 yrs of wallowing in your own excrement will improve your IQ.

      Bluemas - 2011-05-12 18:01

      If you are a white racist, you will definitely have be a moron to vote for ANC!

      gizzy - 2011-05-12 18:23

      bluemas and you're a black racist! And you are correct when you say you would have to be a moron to vote for the ANC!

  • Monica - 2011-05-12 18:05

    I have registered with the DA after voting ANC in the past! Never again will I side with a bunch of criminals. The only way they sort out problems is stealing funds and live an extravagent life-style! I hope the law will be brought in perspective when Zille becomes president. Hang the killers and rapists!

  • Krolie - 2011-05-12 18:10

    I have just returned from Dbn and had a very interesting conversation with the cab driver. It is very clear that they are fed up with the ANC and their empty promises, and have even spoken of the length of time the ANC had (17 years) to prove to their people that they want to make life better for them. They have realised that this has not happened, that the sudden "old" promises re-surfacing is just to gain their vote again. All the basic necessities promised are nowhere to be found, and what has been given has been done as an afterthought. He said that unfortunately the majority think that not voting at all will bring the messages across to the ANC on how they feel, and he has tried to convince them that they should be voting to accomplish that. It is a crying shame that the ANC treat their own people like second hand citizens, and I sure hope they all decide to rather vote to better their circumstances than get stuck in the ANC mud again. Well, I for one am very interested to see the result on the 18th. Go Zille GO!! All the way DA!!!

  • MariĆ«tte Croukamp - 2011-05-12 18:13

    Look at how well Cape Town has benefited from the DA...We all want to see a change in the poverty gap, the municipal services and the increase of jobs. The DA is capable of improving lives, communities and cities.

  • Rajty - 2011-05-12 18:22

    Not a deliver service alright- to affluent whites. Supporter bases of other political parties are sidelined, and thats in the western no you don't get my vote- tony has been a peoples person his whole,life- my vote goes there.

      Charles - 2011-05-13 14:26

      Rajty - and who do you think pays for the FREE rate , taxes , Water etc for the households with incomes of less that 3 soon to be R4000 . THE WEALTHY , so perhaps if they are looked after well they will not mind helping subsidise the poorer communities - YOU DUMB SHORT SIGHTED IMBECILE . BRAINWASHED IMBECILE .

  • Musawenkosi - 2011-05-12 18:30

    I will have to b drunk to vote for the DA luckily i will not drink on that day so my vote is for the ANC.AMANDLA

      Krolie - 2011-05-12 19:14

      @musawenkosi. No need to forgo your drink. You seem to be on a trip in anyway. So help yourself, no difference! I suppose if you are used to no electricity, water or any of the other basic necessities, and you are still living in a shack, stepping out in the filth running in a stream past the your "door", well then, go ahead. Stay where you are. Don't better yourself. This is no joke. It is important that ALL South African citizens enjoy a better quality of life. It is people with your mentality which causes the downfall of all their people. It is clear you do not care for yourself and other's around you. It's ok, stay where you are. As long as YOU are happy! I for one want a better life for all. It is clear and proven that the ANC has not in the last 17 years delivered on their promises, and therefor do not even deserve acknowledgement. It is time that the DA get their chance to prove that they can do it for us. Viva DA!!!

      Bluemas - 2011-05-12 20:31

      @Musawenkosi...well said!

      AmandaWhereTo - 2011-05-13 13:53

      You called, Musawenkosi? Amanda indeed. You can cry Amanda all you want, you're still an ignorant, uneducated twit.

      RobinB - 2011-05-13 13:58

      @Krolie.. of they are gonna carry on voting ANC.. THey are probably the ones also stealing the money.. Yes you Musawenkosi and Bluemas so why worry they are the fat (Stealing ) Cats

      RobinB - 2011-05-13 13:59

      @ Krolie .. I meant "of COURSE they gonna vote....."

  • tokoloshe - 2011-05-12 19:25

    Voting for the DA would be like taking a lotto ticket on behalf of South Africa and winning!!!!!!

      Taurusaurus - 2011-05-14 18:43

      I won the Lotto 2 weeks ago - what point are you trying to make? The Lotto is not so difficult to play or win. Just do not gamble excessively. The DA isn't a gamble, it is a guarantee!

  • John - 2011-05-12 20:08

    I'll take a chance on you Helen. Go DA.

      Taurusaurus - 2011-05-14 19:20

      It isn't even taking a chance - its a straightforward guarantee! :) +*+ DA +*+

  • Yellow1 - 2011-05-12 20:33

    You guys really believe black people are stupid, you will be shocked come next week.

      Anonymus - 2011-05-12 20:35

      not stupid, ill informed.

      Bluemas - 2011-05-12 20:43

      @yellow1...couldn't have said it better

      Charles - 2011-05-13 14:30

      no YELLOW , not stupid , but MISLEAD BY THE WRONG MESSAGES .

  • Bluemas - 2011-05-12 20:45

    My vote is not a secret,i'm voting for ANC...finish & klaar

      John - 2011-05-12 21:34

      "Klaar" is right.

      Krolie - 2011-05-13 11:38

      The ANC will be finished and klaar!

      Charles - 2011-05-13 14:31


      Bantu - 2011-05-13 14:42

      Mokhatlo wa batho ba rona,le makgowa a dumelletswe ha ba batla.

      WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-13 14:52

      That's a pity because the ANC coffers are running low, and if you allow them to be in power much longer there wont be an economy to speak of.

      Martin Melzer - 2011-05-14 17:59

      Hi B One has to feel sorry for you. You have to vote black because you are racist. At the same time, you know from your own experience that the top end of the ANC are all too busy stuffing their back pockets to care about you. Thats quite a dilemma hey? Love you, MM

  • Simpiwe Cele - 2011-05-14 20:45

    I am willing to "lend" you my vote DA with great expectations , Please do not disappoint

  • Siya - 2011-05-16 13:09

    In your dreams MADAM... you will never get my vote... go to your two maids

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