DA lets voters eat cake

2014-04-27 06:00

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About 250 cupcakes and 400 T-shirts were distributed ahead of a door-to-door visit by DA leader Helen Zille in Worcester in the Western Cape.

Zille’s programme at the Roodewal flats on Friday ran 30 minutes late and a DA leader who attended the door-to-door said many people had left as soon as they got the cake and shirts.

“T-shirts have proven to be a hit on the campaign trail. Forget about pamphlets,” he said.

Zille visited two flats on the top floor of the three-storey building, where the residents of the flats told her they were struggling and that there was a problem with gangsterism.

One also said she had a problem with broken doors in the flat and the municipality had not come to fix these.

Zille ordered the local councillor to see to the problem, after establishing that the municipality was responsible for fixing the front door.

The Breede Valley Municipality, which includes Worcester, is controlled by the DA.

The sound system did not work well enough for Zille to make a speech, but she chanted slogans in Afrikaans such as “hou die Kaap blou [keep the Cape blue]” and “klim op die DA wa [get on the DA’s wagon]”.

She also called a woman up to the steps where she was standing, remarking that she liked the blue curlers the smiling woman wore in her hair.

One of the residents who attended the meeting but who wasn’t wearing a DA T-shirt said he was promised one.

The 31-year-old Terence Fortuin, who works as a sound engineer, said he had voted Cope before but he would not make the same mistake.

He also said he would not vote for President Jacob Zuma.

He said his mother was ANC before but she had also turned DA.

“Zuma kan hom in ’n visblik druk (Zuma can squeeze himself into a tin of fish). He only comes to the periphery of our towns and then sends his people in to talk to us. I will vote for the DA. Cope has not impressed me either, because they do not reach out to the community,” he said.

“It is not the first time I see Zille. She has been here before. [ANC provincial chairperson] Marius Fransman was here on Monday, but he impressed no one,” he said.

Another party contending for the hearts of the people in the Western Cape is the Patriotic Alliance, led by former inmates Gayton McKenzie and Kenny Kunene.

Fortuin calls them the “Patriolic Alliance”, saying they seemed to be popular among some gangsters. They had also visited the Roodewal flats.

Fortuin said the community wasn’t too worried about the R246 million spent on security upgrades at Zuma’s Nkandla home, but they did want jobs. “Most people are unemployed. A party should do something about unemployment. People don’t have jobs. If they have work, the gangsters won’t be bored,” he said.

The DA is confident of a more than 50% win in the Western Cape again, after getting 51% in the 2009 elections.

Zille, however, yesterday told a crowd of about 7 000 supporters in the Bellville Velodrome that they shouldn’t be complacent and that they should go out to vote for the DA to ensure victory for the party.

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