DA aiming for outright win in Mother City: De Lille

2011-05-16 09:07

The Democratic Alliance is aiming to secure an outright majority in Cape Town in Wednesday’s municipal election, and is not thinking of coalitions, the party’s mayoral candidate Patricia de Lille said today.

“We are aiming for an outright majority on May 18; we are not thinking of coalitions at this point in time,” she told journalists at a Cape Town Press Club breakfast.

With less than 48 hours to go before voters headed to the polls, De Lille said the race for the metropole would be close.

“People say that we can win an outright majority in Cape Town, but what they forget is that we got just more than 40% of the vote in 2006.

“We can get over 50% on Wednesday, but we need every DA voter to come out on that day to ensure we do it.

“We need an outright majority so that we can focus on service delivery, not on managing the internal politics of a coalition,” she said.

De Lille also used the occasion to take a swipe at her main rival, ANC mayoral candidate Tony Ehrenreich, whom she accused of “sucking things out of his thumb” when it came to speaking of his plans for the city.

“I’m seriously worried about his understanding of local government. He says if he’s elected mayor of Cape Town, he’ll deal with education, which is a national and provincial competence.

“He further says he’s going to improve the Metrorail system, again a competency of national government. The guy doesn’t have a clue about what he wants to do; he also doesn’t have a plan,” De Lille said.

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