We are going to replace the ANC - Trollip

2015-05-09 11:41
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Port Elizabeth - DA Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip has said at the official opening of the DA's 2015 Federal Congress in Port Elizabeth that the party is not going to emulate the ANC, but replace it.

“We welcome you all to the congress and wish you a safe trip back home. We especially welcome all the SABC viewers,” said Trollip to loud cheers after the party successfully got a court order to broadcast the congress.

“I am singling them out from all the other media who came here voluntarily. We had to drag them to the court to get them to cover the congress,” he said.

Trollip said the DA was going to govern the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

“This historical beautiful city has two faces to it, one that looks like the beautiful sea that we see and the ghettos but it has enormous potential. It was historically governed by the ANC but even the ANC has admitted that there are problems.

“They have set up a task team to fix the party, not to come and address your issues but to look after its own interest. That is what the ANC does, it puts the party first,” said Trollip, adding that the people of the Eastern Cape were ready for change.

“The ANC has always claimed that it would govern until Jesus comes back but that has finally been wiped out. After this congress they must get ready for the unnatural to happen.”

Helen Zille tribute

He also paid tribute to outgoing leader Helen Zille thanking her for her contribution.

“We will miss you Helen but this congress is about electing new leadership that will take this party to where Helen dreamt of taking it. We will govern this city,” promised Trollip.

Eastern Cape provincial chair Veliswa Mvenga told delegates to feel at home.

“Eastern Cape are you ready to govern this Metro?” she asked to loud cheers.

She welcomed all the provinces individually but when she welcomed the Western Cape there were loud cheers.

Outgoing federal chair Wilmot James said this time next year the city would be governed by the DA.

“And you know what, Athol Trollip will be your Mayor and he will be there to lead and serve the people of this city,” said James.

‘Made history’

He said last week the students at Fort Hair University had made history when they won the student elections.

“The students at Fort Hare made history. They showed that when you have had enough you can make a change. This shows that young South Africans are making a change.

“What happened at Fort Hare indicates that we have grown and we thank you for it,” said James.

He thanked the members for doing all the hard work.

“You are the ones that go door to door spreading our message, you are the ones handing out pamphlets and for that said we are the ones who should be thanking you.”

Congress opened

James said by 09:15 on Saturday morning, 83% of the delegates had registered for the congress. He then declared the congress opened.

That was followed by a moment of silence and meditation and the National Anthem.

A moving tribute was paid to Zille by various speakers at the congress.

Before the official opening the delegates danced to the sounds of Brenda Fassie’s Vulindlela and sang, “Mmuso waZuma rago tshentsha” [We are changing Zuma’s government].

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