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Zille: ANC in for Joburg power cut

2011-05-13 13:37

Johannesburg - Control over the City of Johannesburg will go "down to the wire" in local government elections next Wednesday, DA leader Helen Zille says.

"The good news is that there is a power-cut scheduled for Johannesburg next Wednesday," she quipped in a speech prepared for delivery at Kya Sands informal settlement, north of Johannesburg, on Friday.

"But this time it's not load shedding, it's vote-shedding. The DA is on track to cut the ANC's power. But it is going to go down to the wire."

She paid tribute to the area's ward councillor John Mendlesohn, saying he took the City of Johannesburg to the SA Human Rights Commission to secure more taps, better sanitation, mast lighting and daily refuse removal for the settlement, which is surrounded by a mixture of industry and plots.

Mendlesohn had also contacted Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale to resolve what she said was the city's non-allocation of money for bulk infrastructure in its budget.

This was the reason that a promised 12 000 new houses had not been built on a stand in nearby Nietgedacht. She said there was a limit to what they could do as the opposition, and urged people to go and vote next Wednesday.

Zille is currently the premier of the Western Cape and leader of the opposition in Parliament.
 

Comments
  • Fluffy - 2011-05-13 13:43

    I wish the DA the best of luck!

      Kpt_Keyboard - 2011-05-13 14:43

      JUST REMEMBER TO VOTE FOR THE ANC...U WILL GO TO HEAVEN, KEEP MADIBA ALIVE, MAKE UR ancestors HAPPY AND GET A FREE GIFTPACK!!! All that for making a tick next to the anc!!!

      Kpt_Keyboard - 2011-05-13 15:02

      Gona make a poster about this and maki said i can use his face for the background!!!

      PikeLee - 2011-05-13 18:16

      make sure the poster is low enough to to be used as a toilet

      Kakabooi - 2011-05-14 18:06

      Maybe even get Many virgins in the afterlife? Funny they haven't exploited this one.

      ihtfcatkii - 2011-05-18 22:07

      @Kpt_funny - Man, you crack me up! Keep on trollin'

  • AntyPanty - 2011-05-13 13:47

    @saabnut....please tell me you're being sarcastic and are not as dumb as you're making out to be...read the article again.

      saabnut - 2011-05-13 16:26

      Spot on- it was sarcasm. it certainly got to someone, though, because it was removed!!!

      R.Suppards - 2011-05-13 17:50

      @saabnut, Please re-post the comment. News24, Please stop inhibiting FREE SPEECH!!

  • Maki - 2011-05-13 13:49

    Whatever....Keep Day Dreaming.

      Psychotron - 2011-05-13 13:58

      Seems you are living in a dream thinking the ANC will be in SA forever.

      Maki - 2011-05-13 14:00

      I am tired of the Abuse I get for one Day ! Good luck DA and may the better party win !

      REVO - 2011-05-13 14:05

      Well Maki like wise, may the best party win. I can tell your a good sportsman.

      Teal - 2011-05-13 14:16

      Thats what ANC said about Cape Town.. and then about the Western Cape, so yes, DA will keep dreaming, and as the voting figures over the last 5 years have shown...ANC can keep dying a slow death, boiling in a pot of their own corruption and greed :)

      watalife - 2011-05-13 14:20

      The power of the ANC has never been on,The days of pure darkness are numbered.

      bostroeppie - 2011-05-13 14:23

      Maki is scared "he will be bad luck" if he leaves them unhappy...

      omgwtfnews - 2011-05-13 14:25

      @Maki - why don't you stop wasting my tax money chilling on news24 at Wits instead of getting an education.

      WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-13 14:38

      Tell me Maki, do they pay you per comment or per day?

      adam - 2011-05-13 15:12

      @Teal. The funny thing is is that all the money they are stealing they are spending on themselves. Unfortunatley when they finally lose power they will have nothing and just be an ordinary citizen hopefull behind bars

      capetonian - 2011-05-13 16:33

      You can fool some of the people some of the time; you can fool all of the people some of the time; but you can't fool ALL of the people ALL of the time. That's why communism ultimately failed, my man - and what is happening in North Africa and the Middle East should be a lesson to ALL corrupt and incompetent regimes, when citizens get pissed off!!

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-13 18:04

      @Maki, lets wait and hear what they say next week after the elections. I have never seen people so full of hatred a simple thing like a political party. To an open minded person, it proves you resent them for destroying apartheid and nothing elses. Sis, man.

      RSI WIT - 2011-05-13 20:03

      he can come work in my garden when we done with him and the anc

      ihtfcatkii - 2011-05-18 22:10

      @Yellow1 - STFU, you're making a noise

  • Dave - 2011-05-13 13:50

    Will it help if we leave our geysers on?

      Mike - 2011-05-13 14:05

      Dave, no please, let's not keep the old geyser on ;-)

      bostroeppie - 2011-05-13 14:17

      Nooo,,, "geysers eats electricity" !!!

      Boogi - 2011-05-13 16:25

      Hahahaha excelent.

  • Thor - 2011-05-13 13:50

    GO DA GO - DA forever

      The All Seeing Eye - 2011-05-13 14:01

      Supporting a political party blindly is naive.

      omgwtfnews - 2011-05-13 14:37

      @The All Seeing Eye - Exactly!

      JM - 2011-05-13 14:39

      Agree, DA has my vote for now, well until they mess up... that's democracy!

      ilDiavolo - 2011-05-13 15:59

      For a political party, the reward for delivering freedom is power. You may be quick to think that only applies to African nations, but history will tell you that the world over, the men that delivered freedom were put into power, and stayed in power for long periods.

      Bad1hq - 2011-05-13 16:09

      @JM, if only the rest of our population already saw it that way. Vote for a party that'll do the best job now and if they stuff up vote for someone els next election and when they eventually stuff up vote for the next... DEMOCRACY. Just keep voting for who will be the best, and not for who you are emotionally tied to.

      gksa - 2011-05-13 19:16

      @ilDiavolo, perhaps... but hopefully we can take a lesson from history and do it differently! :-)

  • Kooven - 2011-05-13 13:50

    Jhb will come to the party my President Zille...it's not if you win, its by how many votes you will win! Jhb is tired of a non-performing, irrelevant party like the ANC! And i doubt the educated masses in Jhb believe the ancestors will be angry,lol!

      ilDiavolo - 2011-05-13 13:58

      Wishful thinking ... This is a numbers game, and the numbers speak for themselves.

      malThinus - 2011-05-13 14:02

      educated masses?

      Kpt_Keyboard - 2011-05-13 14:25

      yes unfortunately this is a numbers game and not a IQ one!!!! Cause we wouda needed only 1 in that case...

      Kooven - 2011-05-13 14:50

      We are talking about JHB...and there's a high concentration of educated folks there, outside the City..im more inclined to agree with you guys..But I think we going to take the city!

      ilDiavolo - 2011-05-13 14:59

      People, let us not forget that we are in Africa. And like any other African state that gains independance, the freed masses will show blind loyalty to the party that brought them that freedom. You are only fooling yourself if you believe that those masses would ever vote for a party that even remotely resembles their former oppressor... I.E a "white" party. So I don't think IQ really plays a big role, it's not as if the people can't see that the ANC is not delivering...why do you think we see so many service delivery protests? protest that the government is not delivering but at election time vote them back into power... in the abscence of a credible "black" opposition party, the masses will continue to vote the anc back into power.

      Kooven - 2011-05-13 15:06

      I think with huge number of 'young' first time voters...the ones that did not grow up with Apartheid, we in for a few surprises..

      ilDiavolo - 2011-05-13 15:17

      Those young voters have parents that did grow up in apartheid South Africa... And they are growing up in a society today that is still divided along colour lines...

      Kooven - 2011-05-13 15:55

      The last time I checked we voted as individuals??? My folks grew up with apartheid and voted for the ANC previously, but i always and will remain DA until they give me reason to change my vote. People that grew up during apartheid and people that didn't, come from different worlds.. Have faith that they will do the right thing ;)

      Kooven - 2011-05-13 15:59

      with regards to your "racial lines" comment. I was watching an interview the other morning live when they were chatting to 2 kids from some rural area. And one of the kids made reference to white people and black people...but it was an innocent comment...but I was just sad to see that school kids are still thinking along those lines..

  • paulf - 2011-05-13 13:51

    I don't think only Joburg. We have Tshwane, PE, East London and Cape Town plus rural areas :-).

  • willieman - 2011-05-13 13:57

    Voters who are prepared to leave with an abusive partner they can carry on and vote ANC again because they enjoy to be abused GO DA GO

  • Mchana - 2011-05-13 13:58

    too ambitious DA godzille.very ambitious i must say,i think you must go and spent time with your husband and stop making useless noise.

      Psychotron - 2011-05-13 13:59

      Never say never

      Vela Stardust - 2011-05-13 14:11

      Mchana, you are behaving like a bigoted chauvinist. Are you one ?

      Kgomotso - 2011-05-13 14:27

      look Hellen should have learnt in the past National election. She came with a stupid compaign lets stop Zuma she came crushing down of earth. Now is service delivery she is failing to carry out in most part of WC. We will parton her she is a slow learner.

      Kpt_Keyboard - 2011-05-13 14:38

      mmmm maybe news 24 should do a quick IQ test be4 u can comment....

      Kpt_Keyboard - 2011-05-13 14:42

      i cant believe these ppl... i honostly didnt know ppl can be so stupid/dumb/uneducated/retarded/no commen sense... make ur pick JUST REMEMBER TO VOTE FOR THE ANC...U WILL GO TO HEAVEN, KEEP MADIBA ALIVE, MAKE UR ancestors HAPPY AND GET A FREE GIFTPACK!!! All that for making a tick next to the anc!!! Damn anc u almost got me there!!!

      BigD - 2011-05-13 14:46

      @ Mchana. You go and spent time with your useless party and stop making useless noise

      Mel300 - 2011-05-13 14:48

      Yes, and a spelling test...

      jakkals - 2011-05-13 14:49

      as oppose to Zuma spending time with his million wives?

      Charles - 2011-05-13 14:53

      @KGOMOTSO - SLOW LEARNER Last elections they used fear to make people vote (the ANC mocked her) Noww she has factual proof of service delivery and not THE ANC is using spiritual and ANCestral fear to stop them . WHO IS A SLOW LEARNER ? THE ANC is going backwards whilst the DA being positive. THEY ARE the most profgressive interms of being and becoming multiracial . AND IT HAS TAKEN nearly 20 years for the ANC to learn that they cant run things properly . and they still cant learn .

      Educated - 2011-05-13 15:47

      I think you must go and spend time at school, it could only improve your moronic statements.

      Educated - 2011-05-13 15:49

      Kgomotso - you can't even string a sentence together but you're calling someone else a slow learner. Are you the kettle or the pot?

  • Steen - 2011-05-13 13:58

    Although i like Zille as a person, i don’t see her and DA winning Tshwane and Jo'burg, ANC voters are extremely loyal and many of them still live with their parents who experience the oppression by a white man first hand. This will definitely affect DA performance come election day.

      Vela Stardust - 2011-05-13 14:06

      They are not loyal. They are stupid ! After all the empty promises, if they still vote ANC, they are stupid. They don't have to vote for the DA, they can vote for some other party. Voting for the ANC again is misplaced loyalty.

      Darkie - 2011-05-13 14:17

      Vela you are insulting us, black people.....how dare you call us stupid? Would you call us stupid, if we were to vote for DA?

      Born To Fish - 2011-05-13 14:28

      Darkie, no we will not if you vote DA. To still vote for the ANC, then you are. Cwele is still pointed as a quick one after she got convicted by a court for drug trafficking. But she is competent to serve te people. You vote for these people. The mayor in the toilet saga owned the company, you vote for these people, and so we can go on....

      Kgomotso - 2011-05-13 14:29

      They will be stupid to vote the same perpertrator to power.

      Hanjo - 2011-05-13 14:36

      @ Steen & Darkie, are you def , blind or just stupid? he said ANC supporters, no where did he mention colour, and I agree with Vela, anyone who votes ANC(irrespective of their colour) after the ANC failed at hiding all their corruption, lies and crimes or When the ANC continues TO mismanage tax payers' money, and mismanage this country isn't the brightest!

      DeonL - 2011-05-13 15:01

      I agree she most probably won't win (in Jhb), but cutting power means making it less. If she get a 5% growth in votes, there is hope for future growth and she will probably be happy.

      Steen - 2011-05-13 15:16

      @Hanjo & Vela I’m based in Faerie glen in Pretoria east and I am happy with the services the ANC has been rendering for the last 7 years, will voting for them again being stupid? I mean I don’t see the reason to change since I am happy with the service……please clarify

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-13 15:16

      @Steen - Steve Mofmeyr is a disgrace, challenged to 1st place only by Julius Malema - the 2 of them should be locked in a padded cell together, until the end of days. I spit in the faces of both of them.

  • Audacious - 2011-05-13 13:59

    Ok guys take away the colour thing. Would you vote for the ANC if the DA were all black?

      Vela Stardust - 2011-05-13 14:08

      I would vote for any party that can govern properly and honestly. There is nothing worse than reneging on a promise. The ANC government have promised many things and fulfilled little apart from lip service.

      soba le boya - 2011-05-13 14:11

      how do you take away the colour?with politics you cant,this is not mathematics

      Matt - 2011-05-13 14:23

      @ soba - all other countries in the world seem to do politics without race just fine

      Ricksta - 2011-05-13 14:26

      @ soba le boya - Which planet do you come from ? You can't take away the colour from politics ????? Politics is not unique to SA in case you didn't know but people like you have turned politics into a colour thing in this country. I do agree with you though in that politics is definitely not mathematics but to vote for a party just because they are mainly black (or white for that matter) is extremely shortsighted and purely stupid. From what I can gather you will not vote for any party perceived to be of the opposite skin colour to yours. If this is the case then I pity you.

      ilDiavolo - 2011-05-13 15:13

      Politics is unique to every single country... no country on earth has politics like South African politics... and in our case, removing colour from the equation is impossible, our democracy is only 17 years old and the scars from apartheid are still very visible and in some cases still painful... how do you even begin to compare that to a 150 year old democracy that has healed over time?

      changeisGood - 2011-05-13 15:35

      Guys, Guys, Guys, who is being stupid here? If the DA wins any Metro in Gauteng, I will admit to being called a Monkey and if they don't Please allow me to demand to be called genuis? how' that?

  • Spade - 2011-05-13 14:00

    It will be a good indicator of the maturity of Jo'burg voters. The ANC have failed to deliver on countless pre-election promises, and should not stand a chance. They are relying on the uneducated black voter's fear of ancestral haunting and hell, not to mention that the DA is a white supremest party. Any victory for the ANC in any city, is a victory for incompetence and arrogance.

      ilDiavolo - 2011-05-13 15:49

      Johannesburg... The economic heart of South Africa is the one city you can be sure will always be won by the anc... For very obvious reasons.

  • bafana.skosana - 2011-05-13 14:02

    Only fools will vote for DA and then call ANC supporters fools, like the DA news24 readers,

      ZipZap - 2011-05-13 14:07

      *yawn*

      Spade - 2011-05-13 14:12

      Great response! It was thought-provoking, and has changed my perception of what ANC supporters represent. Very good for debating issues in the mature South African political scenario. NOT!

      Vela Stardust - 2011-05-13 14:15

      @bafana.It appears the ANC read News24 too !

      Felix - 2011-05-13 14:15

      Do you prefer ignorant?

      ANC-FTL - 2011-05-13 14:17

      And you cannot even give a reason why?

      Cire - 2011-05-13 14:20

      Deep political comment of the day!

      Kpt_Keyboard - 2011-05-13 14:34

      his comments id reflecting his IQ. shame... gona get sum coffee... the circus is staring again!!!

      Anonymus - 2011-05-13 14:53

      @bafoona - just wipe your mouth a little on the left there. i can see the bullsh*t dribbling.....

  • Matt - 2011-05-13 14:04

    Would be nice to drive to work and back one day, without swerving for potholes, 4-way-stops due to broken robots, being on the look-out for bent coppers on the take...

  • kurtvs - 2011-05-13 14:10

    ANC maybe taking Cape Town

      Vela Stardust - 2011-05-13 14:24

      With Tony Ehrenreich ? LMAO !!!

      Matt - 2011-05-13 14:24

      Like the ANC rally down there when they had a whole stadium but only got 1000 supporters there

      Kgomotso - 2011-05-13 14:32

      Yes ANC is taking WC. Thanks to DA failure to deliver service to all except rich Whites in CT.

      tripwire - 2011-05-13 14:38

      Then we will have more open toilets from the ANC and no money for services while the Corrupt ANC leaders spend it on their Girlfriend, houses or parties. All you need to do is check service delivery everywhere but Cape Town , rats everywhere , ANC open toilets... We love Cape Town, things work here.. the other regions look like dirty toilets

      Derek - 2011-05-13 14:52

      To those of you trying to slate the DA in the WC. You are the type of person who believes the ANC propaganda because you want to - it's easier to be ignorant than to admit that you are wrong. End of the day, fact is that DA is overall doing a much better job at providing services to everyone, including the poor, than the ANC is. You have a misperception if you think we (DA supporters) want a government that only serves "rich whites". I for one want to live in a country where we can all live in peace and harmony and THAT's why I'm voting for the DA.

      DeonL - 2011-05-13 15:13

      It will be a close race but the coloured vote might be enough to keep the ANC out. Never underestimate the colour vote, ANC did last time around.

      Educated - 2011-05-13 15:53

      Taking CT where? To the dumps, like all their other provinces. I doubt the people of the cape want to go backwards. There is however the possibility that the anc have managed to bus in enough people to vote for them there but that would be tragic to say the least.

      mm - 2011-05-13 16:33

      @Kgomotso, I find it strange that you will not vote DA because they failed to deliver to the poor of the Western Cape in 5 years, yet the ANC had the Western Cape the 12 years before that. What did they deliver in more than a decade to the Western Cape? I also find it very strange that you will not vote DA that has a proven delivery record, to whomever, yet you have no problem voting for the ANC who has not delivered to the poor in the other provinces in 17 years, and have proven themselves corrupt and stealing. So punish Zille for not getting to everyone in 5 short years, but do not punish the ANC for not getting to everyone in 17 years!! But you like the fact that Zuma uses millions of your tax money to buy cars for his wives, or renovations for his house. You like that 1600 people had no toilet walls while the mayors husband had the contract, thus putting money into her own pocket, for 8 years, not caring about the poor. Have you got YOUR priorities mixed up...it's laughable

      phillip.havenga - 2011-05-13 18:37

      @Kgomotso interesting how you say rich whites when there are many rich blacks living in the same suburbs? Clearly you are a racist.

  • bimbo - 2011-05-13 14:10

    Is it really a case of the ANC voter being loyal, or the leadership using scare tactics such as them being in power till God comes, and their ancestors being angry if they leave or don't vote for the ANC. Regardless of wether the DA takes and more provinces, the fact remains if the ANC wins, then we are not going to have any people to chat to and have debates with, cause if they win, don't b*^%h if you don't have jobs, houses, electricity and sanitation, acess to anti retrovirals, increases way above inflation, because you voted the scheming, thieving lying and corupt party into power. Oh how wonderful just imagine no Municipal strikes, etc etc

      Protest - 2011-05-13 14:30

      bimbo, you make a valid point. Zuma should be taken to task for intimidation. Making statements about their ancestors being angry if they leave the ANC is preying on the traditional beliefs. It is irresponsible and ignoring religious freedom. But then again he is an equal opportunist intimidator. He had a go at Christianity as well.

  • Tony - 2011-05-13 14:12

    Vote DA or you will go to hell !!!

      Johan - 2011-05-13 15:49

      ANC = Communists = Non Believers!!! GO DA!!!!!

  • Lwazi - 2011-05-13 14:12

    Seeing the ANC lose its grip on power municipality by municapity is the best thing for this country. These fools are so arrogant and dumb it's no even funny. Making a fuss about unenclosed toilets when they've been building them for 8 years. Even worse, they are stealing tax payers' money while failing to create employment. Jacob Zuma is famous for saying the dumbest things and relying on the educated 'comrades' to defend his stupid comments. DA, I hope you succeed in winning JHB so that we can also judge your track record in the next election.

      Cire - 2011-05-13 14:24

      Well said sir! It's time for a change. Governments are our employees - when they steal the paper clips and screw up their jobs we sack them and employ someone else. If the DA screws up, vote them out too. Voting on puerly racial lines reflects the old NP apartheid mentality!

      changeisGood - 2011-05-13 14:35

      you wanna bet?

      Lwazi - 2011-05-13 15:09

      #changeisGood - I respect your opinion but absolute power corrupts absolutely. Over the years, our votes for the ANC have led to them taking us for granted, however, if no political party is assured of power that's when we're likely to see service delivery. We need to use our votes to push for the best service we can get. Same applies to the DA, if they win JHB for instance, they'll have to deliver to make sure that they remain in pole position come next election.

      Charles - 2011-05-13 15:22

      @change is good --- your vote may well be emotional , but in making that choice in the name of those who fought SO hard for freedom and equality , you yourself are condemning so many of the people who deserve real freedom to a continued life of no services and borderline existence . Perhaps if you took a moment and forgot about the real meaning of these elections (SERVICE DELIVERY ) YOU MAY see the error in voting emotionly just for once. One can understand your sentiments and wether wrong or right , FOR THIS ELECTION THEY ARE MISGUIDED .

      changeisGood - 2011-05-13 15:55

      @ my Dear Bro Charlie: it is about personal choice don't try by using western tectics to make me think Helen Zille cares about me, cos it is a fact she does not give a damn about a black boy form the township, she has no clue what my needs and the needs of the poor people are, atleast Zuma has relatives from poor communities and he himslef comes from a previosly disadvantaged background, he is likely to understand my frustrations better. when he dicides to take service delivery seriously!

      Phlegm - 2011-05-13 15:59

      @changeisGood - you make some valid points regarding certain white people, but voting based on the spirit of the fallen freedom fighters is where you make your mistake, the ANC counts on this to secure your vote and thousands/millions like you. It is exactly your mindset that keeps them in power without any need to perform, it is a very unhealthy situation, democratically speaking. Personally I do not give a flying rats bum who governs the country as long as they do it properly, and I am sorry the ANC is not governing properly, I do not believe that what we see today in government is what any of the fallen comrades you mentioned fought for. The ANC must believe that they can lose power if they do not perform, it is only this belief that can keep a true democracy in balance.

      Charles - 2011-05-13 16:07

      @changeis good - well if logic does not prevail in ones choice , so be it . As far as western ways are concerned , not sure where you get that in my paragraph. You are presumptious !! In the same breath you you presume i come from a welathy backround !!! Anyhow Zuma has certainly made his family EXTREMELY WEALTHY and i do not see where that has helped ANY POOR BLACKS other than his immediate family. We could go on and on . SO be it , we have our choices and we wallow forward in them .

      changeisGood - 2011-05-13 16:30

      @ Charlie, if you cannot see this then, I don't know, Zuma nor his family were never rich, it is because of the ANC and it's polocies that the Zuma's are now wealthy, Let me put it to you this way, It is better to stand in line with hope that one day you will see the full benefits the democracy our Freedom fighters stood and fought for all their lives, I am not in a hurry to enjoy those benefits fully, If there is one thing I am taking from the ANC former Leaders it's patience, it took Dr. Mandela 27 Yrs to realize what he has been fighting for all his life, now that's a true leader right there, the ANC of today might have stepped out of line but, I beleive that through it's policies one day if not me maybe my kids will see this Democracy we all so want today! I am loyal to the ANC because of it's original leaders, today's leaders may be fumbling but that is not reason enough to throw away 100 years woth of hard work and dedication! thank you my learnered friend on that note I am out, It's final week of campaigning the people need to be told the truth. don't worry about the current ANC power battles and Julius Malema, I pary that the lords gives you more days on this earth to see the future of the original ANC.

      Charles - 2011-05-13 16:45

      We agree on Mandela - Absolute hero to us ALL . but the current leadership is not . Any how things will be what they will be . Again , your sentiment is yours and you must be true to yourself. Uhambe kakuhle, ubenempelaveki emandi

  • Darkie - 2011-05-13 14:14

    Will wait and see

      Born To Fish - 2011-05-13 14:30

      Jip we know the ANC is going to win again. You can't change the mind of the uneducated.

  • Fair - 2011-05-13 14:25

    Most of the people in SA, black & white are balanced people, only a few extremists (both blacks and whites) try to or think they are superior/more south african than others. Lets stop pretending, stop hating and lets love one another and tackle our challenges in a fair manner. Hating another race and being a racist is not good for our future

  • Slapper - 2011-05-13 14:25

    Go DA, its the only Power cut that I am looking forward to. All the very best to you.

  • Beverley Pekema - 2011-05-13 14:28

    Oh, Helen, you are just so cute. Even though I'm not voting for you, I wish you well.

      adam - 2011-05-13 15:32

      Out of interest beverly, why would you not vote for the DA. YOu may not answer but they definately do make a good point. Are the lives of every day south africans getting better. Business is harder due to power cuts and rising electricity cost, toll roads, taxes. Our taxes are spent badly on cars and body guards for the politicians and illegal activity.

      Matt - 2011-05-13 16:27

      @ Beverley - same here! I would vote DA for service delivery, but there are some things they support that I don't support, so I'm voting for someone else. And no, never the ANC, even if the day came where I was forced to, I'd jump on a plane the night before - ANC SUCKS

  • omgwtfnews - 2011-05-13 14:29

    I'm not sure the DA will get it right this time round but they will at least narrow the gap! Also, then they can get some experience running a real city instead of a tourist town :)

  • Sello - 2011-05-13 14:29

    I cant understand what exactly DA is talking about. How is CT different from JHB in terms of public administration. Maybe I'm missing something. Help me guys.

      DeonL - 2011-05-13 15:25

      For starters JHB municipality don't even answer theire phone and theire accounts are in shambles. The Mayor of Jhb is not up for election again, this should tell you something.

      Matt - 2011-05-13 16:29

      @ DeonL - true. Try Ekurhuleni. Honestly I don't know why they even bother, why don't they just put up a big poster outside every Ekurhuleni suburb to say "this is Ekurhuleni, we don't care if you live or die, F-U" and save the cost and hassle of having municipal offices, websites and call centres.

      Blikskottel - 2011-05-13 16:59

      You obviously do not keep up with the news.

  • Phumzile - 2011-05-13 14:30

    Over my dead body I will never vote for DA, I know struggle better. Why I should gaveup like that after we were touture for years by whites minority even now they still do . You teach a White person at work , he will be your boss without qualifications and they earn more that black they dont know the product well. because of your colour you earn peanuts

      omgwtfnews - 2011-05-13 14:34

      Helen Zille was an anti-apartheid activist, dear.

      8TcH - 2011-05-13 14:37

      please vote ANC. Your mentality deserves whats coming to you!

      amabok - 2011-05-13 14:38

      The "struggle" ended 20 years ago. The only struggle you now have is to understand that it is the ANC that is now torturing you and fueling your hatred by not providing basic services like education. You don't understand becuase the ANC does not want you to understand. I pity people like you.

      Tonsil - 2011-05-13 14:53

      Phumsile you are talking crap and you know it. Go and wipe your mouth.

      Harry - 2011-05-13 15:06

      No phumzile you are a pompas ass for thinking that,its only racist people who think that way and you cant even spell how do you think you can run an office,get educated

      Oryx_ZA - 2011-05-13 16:01

      That person probably become yours boss because he was better at what you did...just saying....

      Matt - 2011-05-13 16:31

      So instead you will live in a shack, waiting 11 more years for an RDP house because you earn so little and can never afford to rent... I read your post on another page. I really do sympathise with your situation but dear, if you keep voting ANC, you will get nothing, you will stay in the shack. ANC doesn't care if you live or die, they just want their BMWs... I'm not saying "vote DA" but DON'T vote ANC if you want to actually get something in life

      Blikskottel - 2011-05-13 17:00

      You are a liar. I have seen to many of your type all over Africa and it is they who cause trouble and war in the end.

      phillip.havenga - 2011-05-13 18:40

      Phumzile I have not met one white person that got their job without being qualified. Also if you bother to open your eyes and engage your brain you will see that the AA employment positions actually pay more than the equivalent non AA positions. However this has nothing to do with the DA.

      Chibuli - 2011-05-13 20:55

      Phumzile, you are a racist - that is so sad in the current South Africa! Shame, I wish you would grow out of your prejudice like normal people!

      senkgisha - 2011-05-14 12:33

      Phumzile ,what you have just saisd about teaching someone the job and then after 3 months being your boss is the mere thruth,but to vote anc into power is the deadliest mistake someone can ever do.Things like work related i believe are personal where it needs you as the responsible worker to take it up with your immediate boss of which i know that you will be the target to be fired...go read some books like william ury's "getting past no"...you will surely grasp the communication skills .as the country we are now unable to move forth because of this anc,things like the one you mentioned would never ever be resolved for as long as this corrupt anc is still in power.

  • Justin - 2011-05-13 14:31

    if the anc keep up there antics, Okes like Maki will pray for apartheid to come back, when you cant feed your kids properly and are eating rats from the uncollected garbage, no economy left, no roads, and no basic services ( Oh Shit what am i saying its already happening) All under the anc's watch, DA or bust its the only hope - Maki remember my words, they will come back to haunt you.

      Pharo - 2011-05-13 15:00

      I felt sorry for you Jo'burg guys during the Pick-it-up strike! When we had a garbage strike here in Cape Town, the trucks came around after hours (9pm till midnight) on the collection day to take away our rubbish! I love my garbage collectors. It only happens in Cape Town. Viva DA!

  • changeisGood - 2011-05-13 14:33

    I cannot wait to see you look on most of your faces come the end of next week. I am saying this because I know the majority of citizens in Gauteng do not have access to the internet (thanks to Apartheid) and the only way to have their voices heard is through a ballot paper. I just love this, ooh and I have my fav champaign ready. Now that is a fact. no need to make noise, these is too much "yada yada and no ching ching" in this forum, just sit back and wait for a moment of brilliance, spectacular indeed!!! see ya all at the end of next week after a historical victory of the mighty BUCS! lol..

      Charles - 2011-05-13 15:29

      IS THAT A CAMPAIGN TO FOLLOW OR A CHAMPAGNE TO DRINK . EITHER WAY , ENJOY !!! AND AS YOU SIP YOUR CHAMPAGNE , JUST REMEMBER THE MOST PEOPLE CANT EVEN AFFORD IT AND YOU SHOULD ACTUALLY GIVE IT AWAY TO SOMEBODY WHO COULD SELL IT AND MAKE SOME MONEY

      changeisGood - 2011-05-13 16:03

      @ Charlie, trust me darkies know how to share with each other, if you knew what the township were all about, you would understand, but you basing your comment from a shallow mind and no clue what being Black means! You need Education, you need to be tought how to understand us and how we operate if you are really interested in my Vote. how the hell do you expect me to vote for you if you haven't a slightest idea who and what I am made of. Atleast we had the courage of learning and understanding your language and how manipulative you can be, by trying to make us turn against a party which has been fighting for our rights from the start. Where the HELL WAS HELEN ZILLE prior to 1994? This is Bull, nonsense, k*k man. you try and make me see wrong in the hand that feeds me!

      Charles - 2011-05-13 16:27

      In the same way you do not understand me ! and again being presumptious . I DO NOT WANT YOUR VOTE !!! I JUST ASK THAT PEOPLE VOTE FOR WHICHEVER PARTY IS PROVIDING THE APPROPRIATE SERVICE AS A MUNICIPALITY . HELEN ZILLE FOUGHT AGAINST APARTHEID NON STOP - PERHAPS YOU SHOULD READ UP A BIT ABOUT HER . SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE AND VERBAL AGAINST THE NP GOVERNMENT . DO SOME RESEARCH !!!!!! and as far as the hand that feeds you , A political party does not feed you - YOU FEED IT !!! A succesfully run country is what feeds you . Be honest - do you think the state of the governmental hospitals , education structures ,infrastructure etc is in a good state ? I DO NOT .Uhambe kakuhle, ubenempelaveki emandi

      phillip.havenga - 2011-05-13 18:42

      @changeisGood Helen Zille was actively engaged in campaigning against Apartheid. Just do a little research next time.

  • Phumzile - 2011-05-13 14:33

    if you vote for DA this is your own risk, they just need your vote thats it.

      amabok - 2011-05-13 14:43

      The "struggle" ended 20 years ago. The only struggle you now have is to understand that it is the ANC that is now torturing you and fueling your hatred by not providing basic services like education. You don't understand becuase the ANC does not want you to understand. I pity people like you.

      Pixie1984 - 2011-05-13 14:51

      Does the ANC not need votes then? why is it that they always forget every promise they make after the election and suddenly rmember them in time for the next elections? Do ANC supporters like to suffer or what?

      Tonsil - 2011-05-13 14:55

      Phumzile you must be a brain surgeon or an astronaut with this pearl of wisdom. Yes the DA DOES want your vote.

      DeonL - 2011-05-13 15:27

      The ANC wants your vote and your money.

  • Milana - 2011-05-13 14:37

    even if she's buying them for R150 for them to come with her on these campaigns she's doing. She's using people especially the black people and they're sooo hungry that they don't even know morals or whatsoever. There's that advert of Tambo square woman, how can you rejoice for electricity in a shack "yho bhuti" she gave them R1000 for doing that, how's that for using people.

      Charles - 2011-05-13 16:09

      did you read the article properly - she did not get electricity herself , but the community did !!!! she is waiting for a house before getting electricity . She was not paid R1000 .!!!

  • RIZLAS - 2011-05-13 14:43

    hey who swithced off the lights man!!!!!

  • Pixie1984 - 2011-05-13 14:48

    http://www.news24.com/World/News/Red-rout-as-Indias-communists-fall-20110513 I hope SA gets the same type of change. If India can do it, so can we! Go DA go!! :)

      tryanything - 2011-05-13 17:17

      OK about 13 years to go then..

      nick - 2011-05-14 11:32

      @bostroeppie..... love your comments man !!!!

  • Mfundo Lubisi - 2011-05-13 14:49

    u HEARD THIS ONE RIGHT? Togeda we can do mo. Yep! Mo potholes, more cracking RDP Houses, more open toilets (lyk our friends the DA), more for our own pockets, mo for our friends and families, and, and, and....

      Pixie1984 - 2011-05-13 14:54

      I can see from your spelling that there was no money for your education. Thank the ANC for that.

      bostroeppie - 2011-05-13 15:29

      "yep,, mo education=mo smat pepol -------------------------- =less pepol vote dum paty like ANC

      nick - 2011-05-14 11:33

      @bostroeppie..... love your comments man !!!

  • AntyPanty - 2011-05-13 14:51

    here's a few lines from a song a thought some of you might want to read, makes sense. Maybe the only thing that the ANC has ever said thats true, is the fact that 'together we can do more', I doubt they can ever stick to their promises though: Every generation Blames the one before And all of their frustrations Come beating on your door I know that I'm a prisoner To all my Father held so dear I know that I'm a hostage To all his hopes and fears I just wish I could have told him in the living years Crumpled bits of paper Filled with imperfect thought Stilted conversations I'm afraid that's all we've got You say you just don't see it He says it's perfect sense You just can't get agreement In this present tense We all talk a different language Talking in defence Say it loud, say it clear You can listen as well as you hear It's too late when we die

  • Richard Melville - 2011-05-13 14:53

    We need a change! I hope and pray the DA get a chance to take charge.Good Luck!

  • BoneCollectR - 2011-05-13 14:53

    People, do you know what "soba la boya" means? lol.. some people use really wierd profile names. "poloyatonki", "kolobe", et al. @Soba - ke kopa o ba bolelle gore leina la gago re kaya eng, tlhe. Gongwa batho ba ka tsheganyana gole gonnye fela. It's friday after all

  • jakkals - 2011-05-13 14:54

    Our dearest president again made the comment that your forefathers will abandon you if you do not vote for the ANC. So I'll rather be living in a country that is being run to the ground, but at least enjoy the blessings from the ghosts of Christmas past.

  • IR_Eddie - 2011-05-13 14:54

    In Primary school we had open days where highschools could show of. Maybe CPT should have an open day to all Gautengers to show them what it is like to live in a City that works FOR YOU and where you can be proud to say you live there!! Go DA!!!

      omgwtfnews - 2011-05-13 15:17

      We go there all the time to take your money - pity about the double story shacks on the way from the airport though.

  • Winston - 2011-05-13 14:55

    DA 100%! I still can't believe that there are people who think Apartheid will come back as soon as the DA takes over... " sigh "

      ilDiavolo - 2011-05-13 15:22

      Not a return to apartheid, but policies that do not address the economic divide between black and white.

      Charles - 2011-05-13 15:33

      @ildiavelo -- time to start looking at the racial mix in the DA . It will not be long before it is really representative . Cant sya the same for too many other parties . A lot of young eager politicians of all races. The ANC supporters cannot ignore this forever !!

      ilDiavolo - 2011-05-13 15:44

      Agree with you charles, But it's not necessarily the demographic make up of the candidates that matters, it is the policies of the party. To a large extent, policy is driven by those financial backers and economic players in whose interests those policies are formulated. The anc has over the years been represented by a growing number of white candidates, but that has not driven white voters to the anc because the policies of the anc are not policies that are in the interests of white people and white business.

  • Charles - 2011-05-13 15:00

    aGAIN - TO ALL THE READERS TALKING ABOUT WHITE RACISTS .....EVERY TIME YOU GO ON ABOUT THIS SHOWS YOUR HYPOCRACY . YOUR COMMENTS SHOW YOU UP AS RACISTS YOURSELF . GO FIGURE !!!

  • Muzi - 2011-05-13 15:01

    "daydreamers"

  • Soso - 2011-05-13 15:04

    The imperialsts are at it again - it's in their genes. Like fore-fathers, like grand-children. looking to keep the blacks under their control, as they did decades ago. Everyone has a right to vote DA or The ANC. However, I feel that the previously-oppressed should understand that they shall never equal the whites, economically. If you're black, by voting the DA, you're further widening the (economic)gap between blacks and whites. I categorically admit that the ANC has been shitty and shoddy when you look at the cons. But if one could use a microscope over SA, you would see that there has been progress. The pace of it is irrelevant if you look at the pace of the 400years of colonialism and the 5decade-long apartheid black cloud.LOL!!! Hate me or love me, I'm for the truth. ALUTA CONTINUA!

      changeisGood - 2011-05-13 15:12

      Amandla soso!!!

      Pixie1984 - 2011-05-13 15:13

      I understand where your coming from but you need to remember that there has to be change in order for the country not to stagnate. Time to give another party a turn otherwise it's not a true democracy. If you dont like it, vote them out in 4 years...

      comgensa - 2011-05-13 15:28

      Is that you Julius???

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-13 15:29

      @Soso - It's your opinion and good luck with that. Just one quick question: You allege that it is the whites further widening the economic gap? Only one thing you need to look at here: Aurora Mine.....and those thousands of starving miners, whilst the criminal directors sit back and get fatter.....and fatter....and fatter...you don't believe me? Look at Zuma's nephew, he is so fat - he could literally have squashed the Libyan uprising just by farting. Now that my friend, is what I call 'further widening the economic gap'.

      Charles - 2011-05-13 15:46

      THE TRUTH - SH1T YOU CANT SEEM TO HANDLE THE TRUTH !!!! DO YOU WANT PROPERLY RUN MUNICIPALIIES OR NOT . SIMPLE QUESTION ! VOTE ACCORDINGLY . THERE IS NOTHING ELSE TO CONSIDER IN THESE ELECTIONS .

      Charles - 2011-05-13 15:48

      GOSH 400 YEARS !! MUST I NOW HATE THE FRENCH AND ENGLISH FOR STEALING FROM MY ANCESTORS SO FAR BACK --- NO !!! ALL I AM CONCERNED ABOUT IS LIVING IN A SAFE , BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY THAT PROVIDES SERVICES .

      Soso - 2011-05-13 15:55

      @Comgensa, i tell you what : I'm the total opposite of JUJU and his ideologies, and I understand your sense of humour needs a bit of polishing. It lacks charisma and reminds me of my GR8 teacher's comments. Im an educated young man, and I know that sounds so egotistical, but Im just putting a baby(that don't know jack) thats tryna tok into bed with a lullaby. I do not appreciate your comment. @saffa cat, you sound like a reasonable adult, absolute truth rite there. The ANC name been dragged to the mud by a masquaraded mafia. But I, as a black man, cannot forget what we went through. The white chained black people for over 500 years...physically. That can take its tall emotionally and mentally even on the upcoming generation, but that I forgive. I will not accept the economic deifference. My friend, @ hi xul, my black peers had no car in the parking lot, whereas the white students drove the likes of the then-latest VWs, MBs, BMW. Whose fault is that? Not the ANCs. my man, the hunger that was caused to the black man is the reason we are so corrupt. Im talking about the type of hunger that makes you desperate, though you not aware of it. Im not talking about poverty. the DA will lead, and my friend im telling u, the black people are gonna feel there scars of Bantu education as the GAP will be stretched even further. The DA, I agree, will make a few changes, but will not narrow the economic gap.

      Educated - 2011-05-13 16:05

      Soso, you also seem to have been indoctrinated from a very early age. It's a pity you'll never be able to take your own destiny into your own hands or to think for yourself. You'll forever keep thinking that you're owed something and thgerefore will never put in the effort required to earn it yourself. So I agree with you, having the anc in power is your only hope of ever getting something for nothing. I see your point completely. Thanks.

      Blikskottel - 2011-05-13 17:02

      What is your nickname "Professor DNA kwack"?

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-05-13 17:20

      @Soso have you ever heard the saying that when you compete against others you become bitter, but when you compete against yourself you become better? The day you stop pitying yourself and start taking responsibility for the direction your life is taking, that is when you will truly achieve freedom. This elections coming up is a municipal elections coming up. It is all about service delivery and who can deliver on their promises. You admit yourself that the ANC have not delivered and are not likely to, yet you intend to continue voting for them? 400 years of colonialism you say, but where were you for that time? That is why the people are so insulting to blacks on this forum. You offer blind loyalty to the ANC without them having to do anything to deserve it. With that kind of sheep mentality it gives the impression that you are incapable of thinking. Please understand that they may be your government, but they are not your masters. Your argument holds absolutely no water and it's people like you that will ensure this country never moves forward. Apartheid is not coming back, but that doesn't mean this country cannot become a banana republic.

  • JHF - 2011-05-13 15:05

    Atleast she can put money where her mouth is...not bad for a politician.

  • Charles - 2011-05-13 15:10

    It Has dawned on me , that ANC supporters cant resist the Temptation of voting knowing they are promised something for free. No amount of badgering or logic will chanhe this . IF YOU ARE NOT PROMISED SOMETHING FOR FREE THEN THERE IS NO HOPE. Most despise the rich or middle class , forgeting of course that it is they that support the infrastructure that they so desparately HOPE TO GET FOR FREE!! insane short sighted if not blinded by the ANC psychobabble .

  • changeisGood - 2011-05-13 15:10

    tellimg me to vote DA = asking me to do a sex change.

      Charles - 2011-05-13 15:16

      easier than you think , IF YOU THINK !!?

      Pixie1984 - 2011-05-13 15:16

      maybe it would help your temperament..

      omgwtfnews - 2011-05-13 15:19

      Voting for the ANC when service delivery is poor is like bashing your head against a wall and expecting a different result each time.

      Spade - 2011-05-13 15:20

      Why? Don't you have balls then?

      comgensa - 2011-05-13 15:27

      Total waste of time, i agree, youd still have the same IQ after the op

  • Charles - 2011-05-13 15:15

    I also believe that ANC supporters are scared that if another party does get in and deliver as promised , that they WILL be shown up us wrong and STUPID for giving the ANC so much time to destroy as much as possible, so they would rather remain loyal . SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS -THHIS DENIAL OF HOW BAD institutions have become is skin burstingly frustrating !!!

  • Jer1 - 2011-05-13 15:21

    Im a black and proud South African but I will never vote for the "currently rulling party" anc. The anc is slowly killing this country like a cancer and still people will vote for it only because "it's a black party". Im way past the colour isht and votes shouldnt be based on that.

      Werner - 2011-05-13 15:46

      If only your fellow ANC supporters could see the light the way you have.

      Matt - 2011-05-13 16:34

      @ Jer1 - yay!!! Amen brother. btw it's not cancer, it's cANCer

  • Soso - 2011-05-13 15:23

    I fully understand some of the seemingly right-wing comments, but as I read through your comments, It seems like THE FORTUNATES are DEFENDING THEIR FORTUNES. The ANC has been very slow at repairing the damage done by the system of the NATIONAL PARTY(NOW DA, which is looking to take control)Do you disagree. My fellow political idiots, do not judge the speliing of our people and start calling them names. I read somewhere here about the ANC and the uneducated. That was a verbal attack on the supporters of the ANC. I just want to remind some of you not to say things that will trap them like a bee in a spider web.

      Charles - 2011-05-13 15:38

      @ SOSO - the DA ( and all prior names ) was always the oppostion to the to the NP . And what soo many people forget is that when asked in a referendum , over 95% of the ONLY white voters at the time said YES to ending apartheid. SO LET"S MOVE ON !!! There are many more Black millionaires than white in RSA .Secondly , perhaps adhere to you own reminder !

      changeisGood - 2011-05-13 15:42

      How about we invite all to the Siyancoba (Victory) Rally @ the FNB stadium, Helen must come too, this will be an opportunity to see some great achievement by the ANC of transforming SOWETO into wolrd class suburb ex-township we can her teach her how to celebrate a true victory! that will be the only time she can have a true feeling of coming out victorious! Please ask Msholozi to extend the invite to Madam Zille! Sunday the 15th May FNB stadium Siyancoba (Victory) Rally! ALL DA supporters welcome!

      Spade - 2011-05-13 15:49

      Perhaps its time for the DESERVING to get their rewards? Those who gave so much for the struggle, those who have worked hard and relentlessly towards freedom, those who have spent tireless hours studying towards an education, those who have risked all to achieve a goal. Oh, and those who have been convicted of fraud and corruption, proven to be morally impoverished, visited girlfriends in jail on the taxpayer's expense, stolen from state coffers, benefited family members and friends in tenders and generally abused their position of trust - let them get what they deserve too!

      Charles - 2011-05-13 15:59

      @CHANGE IS GOOD - SOWETO - WHERE MOST OF THE WEALTHY STAY . SO YOU MADE THIS WEALTHY SUBURB SUCCESFUL ?? is this not what you accuse the DA of doing for the leafy suburbs .in all the time the ANC ran Cape TOWN , did they fix the sqautter camps on the way to the airport ??? NO but you blame the DA for not caring about the poor . MAN you are blinded in your loyalty ??

      n s - 2011-05-13 16:12

      soso you need to get some education, the NP became the NNP, of which Martinus van Schalkwyk is now part of the ANC, so go on, vote for apartheid, vote ANC!

      Blikskottel - 2011-05-13 17:04

      They can never fix the REAL problem, as they refuse to admit or see it: Uncontrolled population growth. The truth is the truth and the ANC hates it.

      nick - 2011-05-14 11:47

      @Soso.... when you talk about "THE FORTUNATES are DEFENDING THEIR FORTUNES".... are you referring to the currently disadvantaged or the PREVIOUSLY DISADVANTAGED ?

  • Matt - 2011-05-13 15:35

    Sometimes I think News24.com is just publishing these stories so that we can all come together as one, and fight all day... LOL

      bostroeppie - 2011-05-13 16:03

      And make me furious at certain incompetent, banana eating "pepol"....

      nick - 2011-05-14 11:50

      Yes Matt.... that day is the 18th MAY !!

  • Freddie - 2011-05-13 15:47

    http://www.news24.com/World/News/Red-rout-as-Indias-communists-fall-20110513 It took these Indians 30 years to realise that Communism doesn't work. Here's hoping that South Africa sees the light sooner.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-05-13 16:06

    boring