Election not racial competition, says Zille

2011-03-26 12:31

This year’s local government election is not a contest between race groups, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille said in Kliptown, Soweto, today.

“For too long now, we have used elections as a way of expressing racial identity and racial solidarity,” she told supporters at the party’s election campaign launch in Gauteng.

“This time, we must take the next step. We must make the issues the issue and the key issue is achieving excellent service delivery for all.”

Zille said the election should be used to break down barriers between South Africans.

The DA’s vision supported an open opportunity society for all.

The greatest obstacle was poverty and this was the party’s number one priority, she said.

The manifesto would set out how the DA planned to change things.

Zille came through the crowd from the back of the hall at the Walter Sisulu Square.

She greeted supporters as she made her way to the stage.

People cheered as loud music filled the hall and the party welcomed its leader.

Zille said that during her speech she would be speaking to all supporters present but also to those at home as the launch was being televised.

She said a crucial question South African’s needed to ask was “which party delivers best for all?” 

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