DA welcomes six members from other parties

2011-04-01 07:18

The DA on yesterday welcomed former IFP councillors, office bearers and two former ANC mobilisers who left their parties to join them ahead of the local government elections.

They were formally introduced by DA leader Helen Zille at a press briefing in Durban.

“I am confident that the DA is a party that is growing. The ANC is declining. The ANC reached its height in 2004 and it will continue to decline because of internal war,” she said.

Zille started her KwaZulu-Natal tour yesterday and today she would visit Howick and Pietermaritzburg.

She said in the last elections the party knew that they would not win the national elections but they wanted to govern an area that would serve as a demonstration of what the DA could do.

“We intend to break out of the Western Cape in this election. We will not say which municipality we will target in the province – we don’t want to tip off the opponent.”

She said the emergence of two parties in South Africa was a good thing for democracy.

“The ANC today is not the ANC of Nelson Mandela. We have become the party for all – the vision of the rainbow nation.”

People that joined the DA included former IFP councillor since 2006 Welcome Samkelo Ndwalane of the Hibiscus coast municipality south of Durban, Alson Cele of Umuziwabantu municipality also south of Durban, Wilton Thanduxolo Memela served as IFP chairman from 1985 till 2000 also in Umuziwabantu, Velani Vincent Mbotho was the IFP treasurer in Umuziwabantu municipality from 1998 till 2010.

Bongani Ngwane was a mobiliser for the ANC, also in Umuziwabantu municipality.

Patrick Nteshana was also a former ANC mobiliser of Umziwabantu municipality.

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