DA commits to peaceful election

2011-03-03 22:20

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance committed itself to a peaceful election campaign and challenged every other party to do the same, DA leader Helen Zille said in a statement.

"The DA commits itself to a peaceful election campaign and we challenge every other party to do the same. Let the election be free, fair and without political violence. Let the people decide what kind of governance they want."

Zille said this poll would probably be the "most exciting election yet".

"The ANC is deeply divided and the DA has a chance to take our track record of delivery for all to every South African."

The ANC, DA and the Freedom Front Plus welcomed the announcement of the date for local government elections.

"The fact that South Africa will once again be going to the polls at local government level bears testimony to the maturing and deepening of our constitutional democracy... something that will be giving the country's citizens yet another opportunity to cast their vote for the party of their choice," said ANC spokesperson Brian Sokutu in a statement.

FF Plus leader Pieter Mulder said clarity on the date allowed the electorate, political parties and the Independent Electoral Commission enough time to prepare. He encouraged people to ensure they were registered to vote.

"The local government elections are important, specifically because it is the government level which affects all South Africans on a daily basis. Voters should go and vote in order to ensure that they have a say in service delivery in their community. If one does not go and vote you cannot complain afterwards about poor service delivery.

"If opposition voters go and vote in large numbers and opposition parties co-operate sensibly afterwards, the ANC can as a result of the proportional voting system, lose control in certain areas." he said.

Addressing the National Council of Provinces on Thursday, Motlanthe, who is acting president while President Jacob Zuma is abroad, said the date would be formally proclaimed by publication of a notice in the Government Gazette within the next week.

Sokutu called on all South Africans who had not yet registered to vote to make full use of the last voter registration weekend on March 5 and 6.

"Voting is a constitutionally guaranteed right to be exercised by all eligible citizens on who should govern them," he said.

  • nem - 2011-03-03 22:42

    Ok lets be realistic here and look at figures,80% of Khayaletcha in CPT are foreigners,ok hold that thought,now there are almost 50 million people in SA of which 20.6 are not african (white,coloured and indian) lets say all the non africans did vote for the DA that would only be a 20.6% vote against against the anc,ok lets say 10% of africans decided by some miracle they will betray their anc and vote for the so called racists (DA), wow thats up to 30%. Wake up people it aint gona happen ever,all non africans should sell what they have while the economy is still barely holding on before the big crash and move south to the Western Cape,anywhere west of PE,yes people the great trek south to where we came from,(thats what the anc said in the eighties"drive the white man back to where he came from") their agenda still applies.Together there we still have a chance as we can then have our own homeland,as the zulus and xhosas never did own that territory,and nor did the whites,it belongs to the coloureds(strandlopers and bushman) sorry indians I know you were in durban but unfortunately it really does belong to the zulus,so head south. Malema can then reign supreme in his azania and hell and we (whites coloureds,indians and the 10% africans that voted DA)will build our border and defend it and remove all foreigners from the Capes and we will all live in freedom,reall freedom from crime and corruption. Thats the reality in a nutshell.

      robertgunning - 2011-03-03 23:44

      Welcome one and all. The western cape is waiting for those that believe in freedom, equality, non racialism and moving forward while kicking ass through inovative, workable, realistic and progressive ideas while still holding on to our morals with absolute respect for our fellow saffer. I challenge all to think with their mind and not with their heart. A government of delivery can only succeed if you honour your democratic responsibility and vote for what you know is change. Imagine this scenario, the DA comes into power... there would be so much pressure on them to fix the system that they would have no option other than to make sure it works. They would in real terms, only get one shot. If they blew it (like the ANC) they would be forever ruined. I personally believe they can do it as has been proven by the comparably fantastic delivery that Capetonians have received compared to what we see in the rest of the country and this year they will get my vote.

      Engela - 2011-03-04 05:11

      couldn't say it better myself well done!

      chris.debeer1 - 2011-03-04 06:21

      I can not agree more. However some dump ass Swear word(DR H.F. Verwoerd) Had the same concept in mind. He took it further and wanted to create a federation of states each governing itself( Eurpean Union)Yet part of a bigger Unit. Today is South Africa it is called rassist ect ect. Yet in up north the Germans controll their own future and the French their own yet the all part of one Unit. Here u beter forget your dirty racial idies. And live with the monster we all creating!!!

      Smaal - 2011-03-04 08:03

      Agreed. The DA cannot win the country but the question is should they? I believe the DA should not try to win elections in other provinces. Instead they should concentrate their efforts in the Western Cape. Try to draw more businesses there, make it safer and cleaner than the rest of this country. Create a growing economy and the economically active people and money will automatically be drawn to the Western Cape and hopefully the leaches will be turned into economically active people or move to Gauteng. I personally believe that the DA is realistic in their views and they must surly realize that the other provinces is so far gone that they will not be able to “fix” them. They should also find a way to stop the ANC from trucking in support. Anything the ANC touches turns into crap. They should be stopped. They should be kept out of the Western Cape.

      Flinger - 2011-03-04 08:43

      @Nem, now personally, i would love that to happen, a country the size of Ireland would be enought to support all non ANC supporters....but thats not sorry to burst your bubble...its only reality in a nutcase. White people fought for this land, for its gold, its diamonds and green pastures. Its true about the koi san being 1st in the WP but right behind them was the white man, the black folk were still migrating south as the great zulu empire eminating in central east Africa was splitting and feuding. The breakaway xhosa eventually settled in what is not the eastern cape but the white man was first to CPT .... but is it home? No, this is Africa, you live on borrowed space for a borrowed amount of time...your home is in europe and if this country gets to a point where the ANC are losing their grip (which is likely) and their struggle to hold power results in civil war, mass uprising or whatever, europe will give all pursecuted asylum, that includes any colour that needs it. As a brit, i will take 50 people with me, and if every other foreign passport holder takes that many, then we look back from the boat and cry while it all burns but make no mistake...its not yours, you have no entitlement, this is Africa and pieces of it get borrowed from time to time, us white squatters just have not been told to get out just yet.

      Jon - 2011-03-04 08:44

      Interesting, just a point: If coloureds are strandlopers and bushmen, then the Chinese are Black. Standlopers & bushmen are strandlopers and bushmen (Khoi San). But yes - the cape was there's first.

      buzz - 2011-03-04 09:08

      Yeah nice idea, but trust me, the WC cannot support all those people. And also, once it is nice and clean and well-looked after etc etc, the rabble from other provinces will decide this is where its at, and you will have a very over-populated and very stinky province. Nah, people, stay right where you are please, and fight your battles at home.

      Colin Dovey - 2011-03-04 09:35

      Jeez.....I thought we all lived on planet earth - across the globe you cannot any more, put people into categories and boxes - the politicians and racists are making it all far too divisive and complicated. One wonders what it would be like to make a fresh start on another planet - when are we going to start looking for the things that are good about one another?

      Marc - 2011-03-06 14:18

      only 24 million people are registered. That means the DA would win 60% if all the "foreigners and anti-anc people" voted, not 30 %. Not everyone votes. Don't paint everyone with the same brush.

      Iann Leonards Pitout - 2011-03-08 06:53

      Need to check you math...50 million people of which 20.6 million are non African... 20.6 out of 50 is 41.2%

  • Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-03-03 22:45

    Voting is not only a right, it is also a duty.

      Alibaba - 2011-03-04 02:00

      Agree Rev, in some countries you get fined if you don't vote...

      Sean Coetzee - 2011-03-04 07:25

      It's also my democratic right not to vote.

      Markus N - 2011-03-04 08:05

      @Sean Coetzee. Yes it is, but so many of the minority take that attitude which is why the ANC wins elections by such big margins. It's called apathy (pathetic would be a better word I think). Just don't whinge about the state in the country is in if you are not even prepared to give up an hour or two of your time to vote. You lose that right.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-04 10:35

      @Sean Coetzee - Yes it is, but when you are sitting around a braai with your friends and you want to complain about service delivery or bad governance, you actually have no right. Remember a NON-VOTE is a vote for the ANC. Do you support the ANC?

      Cynical Sci - 2011-03-05 17:26

      @Sean Coetzee. While I concede you are correct, it is however a civil responsibility to vote as a vote not cast effectively still gives a larger slice of the power pie to the party that is in power. It's a simple case of proportions.

  • Eric West - 2011-03-03 23:09

    I would rather vote for the DA than go to heaven! :)

  • Rob - 2011-03-04 00:00

    Read between the lines.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-04 00:15

    Check. There are 500 000 ID's to be picked up at Home Affairs. My guess is that these will be "registered" in the Western Cape and votes cast for the ANC.

      gen.mewmew - 2011-03-04 07:57

      yeah the anc can definitely do some rigging, they are SNEAKY

  • Engela - 2011-03-04 05:07

    Helen Zille for President!!!! I know wishful thinking but let a women do the job men clearly can't do!!! Black and white presidents in SA have proved it, if we were in charge it would be heaven!!

  • Blikskottel - 2011-03-04 06:49

    Hopefully the DA and FF+ will use their brains and campaign in languages that the masses can understand. They need to be d=fed the truth with a spoon, but in their won languages. Secondly, what else could the DA do but be peacefull? They are afterall still a smallish minority that could suffer severe casualties in any violence.

  • ArtGee - 2011-03-04 06:59

    Watch those FOOD PARCELS get distributed..... with a Yellow T-Shirt!!!

  • Brenton - 2011-03-04 07:10

    Go DA

  • Mdu - 2011-03-04 07:17

    If Black people can be treated as human beings in the work place where the White people hold all the higher position maybe they will consider voting for a White party like DA. The ANC clearly does not deliver but what options do we really have as black people we need unions, may be the DA can fix South Africa but that would mean the situation in the work place would get worse for the black people because on top of their list is doing away with the labour laws. The only hope for the change will only start from the work place and if this happen the COSATU will have less influnce on people decions. I am not happy with the ANC but will never vote for white person and reading the comments from this forum it is clear that the issue is about black and white and not about our beutiful country.

      jiamalunga - 2011-03-04 07:53

      MDU, I think the DA is a better option than the ANC. This crap about white and black must end. the DA stands for the best person for the job! If you work you get the job! That is what labour laws protect against in this country. People that do not work. Hence you can draw your own conclusion as to what you said in your post.

      burtfred - 2011-03-04 07:56

      @Mdu Where do you get yours political ideas from? The DA is not a "white" party" It certainly has more "black" members and supporters than the ANC has "white" ones. If the DA are to be called a "white party" then the ANC are a "black party" But that's not important. The DA has at no time proposed to "get rid of the labour laws" as you suggest. They support the worker's right to collective bargaining.

      Chris - 2011-03-04 07:56

      You see Mdu – exactly the reason why I say there is no real hope for our future or the so called rainbow nation. What more do you really want? Should we mould a gold spoon and fed your type with it? Please man – stand up – work hard and create your opportunities. Your unions my friend are bringing this country down – just look at the last strike. How many people were killed. Money Mdu is only paper – it can’t really buy you happiness. You need to understand – you don’t vote for something because the majority votes for it…you read up \ check track records \ read articles and don’t say you will never vote for a white person. That’s ridiculous – you need to vote for the party that actually can make a difference. And for the racist part – go read the ANCYL Facebook page – then you will see what real racist is…and for racist – it will always be there. It’s just how we as humans are and it will never change. But to have respect for each other – that can and have changed.

      Markus N - 2011-03-04 08:13

      Mdu it is precisely because of narrow minded people like you that things will never change in this country! I guarantee that any company will put a black person in a management position if they deserve it (qualifications/aptitude). The trouble is you expect it to happen just because you are black. That is what will kill this country. There are many deserving black people in high positions. The difference is they worked for it and did not expect it to be handed to them on a platter. And to say you will never vote for a white person is so racist! It is also pretty dumb! So if you knew a white person would do a better job than a black person you would not vote for the white person purely because of the colour of their skin? God help this country!

      Clive - 2011-03-04 08:28

      Spot on Mdu. DA agenda focused on white interest, ANC agenda focused on black interest hence as a darkie my vote goes to the ANC. Simple and straight forward politics and no need for noise on this simple matter.

      samuel.serfontein - 2011-03-04 08:46

      no its not about black and white, its about being literate and thinking for yourself, your future, the future of your children and every other young person growing up in RSA today. Have a thought about how the future RSA will look without racist voting. And btw wot did HZ do to the black population, y is she racist? Explain that please?

      maseratifitt - 2011-03-04 08:53

      Mdu : I am sure many understand your frustration. As long as we think white/black, we are all doomed. There are many skollie comments coming from both sides on this forum, which leads us to think subjectively when it comes to choosing between, say, the ANC and the DA. I try to be objective when looking at our situation. To me it is clear that the ANC values of 1912 are being pursued by the DA and that the NP values of 1980 are entrenched in the ANC. And worse. I don't believe in political parties, but I will vote. and I will vote for the DA because in the final analysis it is currently the only option to take our country forward on an orderly and ethical road towards democracy. For our children's sake.

      Boychild - 2011-03-04 08:55

      Dear Mdu, unfortunately i can understand your predicament and in part have to agree with some sentiments...... but...... lets face a few facts- The DA is fully multi-racial with representation on every level The DA believes in appointing people to jobs based on their experience, education and ability The DA has turned a total disaster (Cape Town)into one of the few functioning municipalities in the country The DA leadership has always politically and personally opposed apartheid The DA does not want to get rid of all labour laws, but they do wish to balance the rights of the workers with the rights of the employer(no, a streetsweeper will never earn the same as a director, but he would always have the right to strive and work to attain that position) Although I agree that workers rights, as enshrined in the constitution, need to be protected I have never actually seen the Unions do much more than instigate, intimidate, threaten, grandstand and end up causing physical and financial damage as well as tarnishing the image of our country. Reading the comments above, I do come to the conclusion that most posters (DA) are trying to get people to vote DA (no matter whether you are white or non-white) to ensure that we live up to our Democracy, while by your own account you equate the DA as a white person whom you will never vote for...... I respect your opinions, but will voting for the ANC change your life or are you willing to accept their continued failure

      GBES - 2011-03-04 09:23

      &MDU :What`s wrong with you."Quote " will never vote for a white person". Will you vote for a coloured/Indian/Chines/Zulu/Xhosa? WTF? Being tribal is so last century,you are embarassing us my brother.Racists are a 0.001 % minority so do not take them to heart,they are nothing.Vote DA to spite the ANC and maybe you will see things in a different light later. Viva ZILLE ! Viva.

      PB - 2011-03-04 09:40

      Mdu, at the moment offices such as SARS, Municipalities etc are staffed mainly by Black People. The perception, therefore(in general)is that it is Black People who do not do their jobs with the same diligence, integrity and accuracy that we were used to when White People (in general) were the majority of the staff in those offices. Meanwhile, we sit with workers in positions where they have to be policed to at least answer their office landlines, because while they are busy chatting on their designer cell phones, they can not attend to the jobs that they receive a salary for. If and when they actually do answer their landlines, the client's problem behind that call goes unresolved, because the workers have better things to do, which a White Person (as a rule) has to finish or solve. As I said, IT IS A GROSS GENERALIZATION, but that is the perception. Obviously there are exeptions to the rule, but this is the sad state of affairs that is encountered by myself and everyone else who "in the old days" could call those type of offices and actually get something done without grinding the enamel off your teeth in frustration. We have very far to go to cultivate a ethos of WORKERS rather than DEMANDERS.

      Colin Dovey - 2011-03-04 09:49

      Mdu - you say you would never vote for a WHITE person - I tutor black, coloured and white kids, and they don't think about colour at all when making choices about who is their friend. So you have made your conclusions about which RACE to vote for, based on some of the biased, uninformed opinions you read in this parochial BLOG? I would vote for ANY COLOUR, including PURPLE if they were leadership material - somebody like Barack Obama is there amongst us. Just think about it - consider Trevor Manuel, Tokyo Sexwale, Helen Zille being in concert, motivated by, as yet an unknown, but INSPIRING leader.....not the type who are in it for their own gain.....or self-aggrandisement. That person is there.....waiting....THEN we will all be inspired once again as we were in 1995 by the dream Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela had of a non-racial society.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-04 10:44

      The DA is not a white party, stop thinking along racial lines. They want you to vote for them, they want to be more representative of the population of South Africa. If you don't vote for them, how are they going to become a party that all South Africans vote for?

      maseratifitt - 2011-03-04 11:17

      Colin : Ever listen to Redi on 702? Now that is the kind of person I think we need. Takes no bullsh@t and has a heart of gold.

      maseratifitt - 2011-03-04 15:09

      Sorry,567. That damn US Navy numbers in my head.

  • Marshal - 2011-03-04 08:13

    The stronger the DA gets the more the ANC and it's cadre's will revert to African political tactics. Liberation before education was an ANC strategy that is still delivery by keeping the ignorant masses - well ignorant. If it's not the race card being played when cornered the ANC is now playing the religious card. Vote for the ANC and you will go to heaven. There is no doubt that the ANC knows it's target market - all those that followed them carry out Liberation before Education. That's why the vast majority of this country choose to live in hell on earth between now and their eventual death.

  • Neo - 2011-03-04 08:15

    Make the DA circle bigger!!!

  • Santapola - 2011-03-04 08:49

    I am telling you folks!!!there is no way i will encorage my family to vote for the white party.. What those people did to our fathers, grandfathers is unforgivable. Whites are racist and they will never change. i do have few friends who socialise with blacks but the rest aikhona..Zille does not know anything about peace..she can try and she will never win coz we will always mobilise our people to vote for the ANC

      Colin Dovey - 2011-03-04 09:59

      Santapola - read my post further up. Those of us who truly love SA don't need these pronouncements. Racism is not exclusive to whites. You have NEVER, because of your apparently bigoted mind, listened carefully to what Helen Zille has said. Because you listen to the people "who never, AIKHONA, socialise with whites, how can you expect to make an educated decision? As a matter of interest, I was a student at Wits, many years ago, and was arrested, thrown into a Black Maria for protesting against the house arrest of a WHITEY called Beyers Naude. You appear to be very selective about the WHITES you will not vote for......the ones that are dead and gone already? Ones like PW Botha, Verwoerd, etc ----- all long must your hate go on?

      Other Justin - 2011-03-04 11:00

      Shame Santapola, that is a very bleak view of life in South Africa. Zille fought alongside the ANC for YOUR freedom, don't take my word for it, look it up. The fact that you will not vote for a party based on racial lines makes you racist. It has nothing to do with compitance, good governance of peace, like you claim, you are just racist and that my friend, means you have become exactly like 'those people' that did nasty things to your fathers and grandfathers. Also, please don't generalise, not all white people are racist. How would you feel if I said that black people were corrupt and immoral? That is a gross generalisation. If you are happy voting for the ANC with their corrupt, immoral, racist and criminal behaviour, then that is your right, but remember, don't cry when you get what you voted for.

      willieman - 2011-03-04 12:47

      You do have some friends who socialise with blacks but at the same time you talk bad about whites.Here is a challenge to you Santapola--AT all cost try to avoid the following scenarios 1)do not work for any corporation that is been owned by whites ,2)When you sick do not allow yourself to be touched by a white doctor 3)if you have kids do not allow them to be taught by white teachers 4)stop socialising with your friends who socialise with whites.If you can be able to practice this few things then i would say you are true you stck to your principles of a racist(probably)african sorry black man.Before you jump and spit your racist poison let me inform you that i'm african born and raised in the heart of Mamelodi.

  • Mdu - 2011-03-04 08:52

    Markus N, you are missing my point I am not saying black people must be givin management positions, all I am saying is that people are not treated equally in the work place. I hold a very high position (not because I am black but have the highest qualification and knowledge of business in the compant) in my company and I employ people base on their skill not their colour it makes business sense. I like the attitude of whites towards their work (I wish more black people can have the same attitude) but what I do not like is how they treat black people. I work in the construction industry and it is a shame how black people are treated. This is resulting in the fear that if the DA becomes a rulling party things will get worse. The problem is not the DA it is White people in the work place. It is time to change that attitude for the sake of the next generation.

      Boychild - 2011-03-04 09:16

      Dear Mdu, Change is something that comes from within, for when you change yourself you change your environment and your situation. Take the lead, and change the world one small step at a time, look at and then help to change your future by acting in the present.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-04 11:05

      Mdu, I see your point. It is up to all of us to change our attitude toward each other to promote a better future. By the way, no-one, white people included want apartheid back, remember, it was white people that voted in referendum to legalise the ANC and hold free and fair elections. South Africa will never again see an apartheid type system, all the people of South Africa have learnt their lesson.

  • Colin Dovey - 2011-03-04 10:10

    How's this for a good combo to keep the peace: Black - Tokyo Sexwale Indian - Pravin Gordhan White - Helen Zille Coloured - Trevor Manuel

  • nem - 2011-03-04 10:25

    @flinger,,,so let me get this straight,youre a brit comin to our country and you calling me a nutcase? i was born here im south african and dont want yur europe or youre england,go home your type is not welcome here.

      Colin Dovey - 2011-03-04 10:42

      Exactly nem! - the highest number of poor children in the whole of Europe is in ENGLAND!

      matla - 2011-03-04 12:41

      I was born i Africa and I am an African but I just love Mussollini and Hitler

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