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The DA is written off by the commentariat in each election cycle but when the final numbers are tallied we always come out stronger than many a scribe predicted, writes Mabine Seabe.
The Democratic Alliance was first out
of the blocks, when we launched our election campaign slogan and broad policy
offering in September 2018.
This election campaign offering, under
the banner of "Building One South Africa for All" has already reached
every province across the country. From
morning to night, seven days a week the DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane, our premier candidates,
Team One South Africa and party activists are on the ground campaigning for
We have been clear, even ahead of our
manifesto launch, which will take place at Rand Stadium
in February, about our core policy offers; namely access to jobs,
immigration, service delivery, honest and professional policing and stopping
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The 34 jurisdictions in the Western
Cape, Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Limpopo, which we govern showcase the success
of our policies, strategies and campaigns. We are not just a party in
opposition, we are a party in government that gets the job done.
We have gotten where we are as a party
in government and with growth in every election because of our clear policy
offering and the decisions that we have made. Those who claim that we have no
strategy, no clear policies and that we are in free fall have not taken the
time to read through our policies or monitor our political activity.
Poorly armed with only headlines and a
handful of events, Daniel Silke and others claim that we are "confused"
and that we "shooting ourselves in the foot". This could not be
further from the truth. This ill-informed and shallow analysis and the growing
narrative by analysts is proven wrong at the ballot box with each election.
We are written off by the commentariat
in each election cycle; questionable polls show a decline in our support, but
when the final numbers are tallied we always come out stronger than many a
We grow in each election and
subsequently govern better by building a dynamic and inclusive economy, we
speed up the delivery of services and we act against and stop corruption, which
ensures that the money residents entrust DA governments with goes back into the
development of communities.
In communities where we govern, there
has been significant change; this is not to say that the situation is picture
perfect but what stands true is that life is better under a DA-led government.
And it is for this reason we grow in each election, and our mandate to lead is
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DA policy and messaging is clear to
the people of South Africa, who we engage with on a daily basis. Our policies
are put into practice on a daily basis, and they change people's lives for the
Yes, all political parties have their
challenges and healthy debates around ideas and policies, but what separates
the DA from other parties is that we deal with ours transparently, and these
challenges do not negatively affect service delivery or the lives of the 15
million people we have the responsibility of leading.
The DA are ready to roll out our
manifesto and unveil a new set of policies, which I encourage Silke and others
to read in-depth before they choose to give
As the DA we take our role as the national
official opposition and governing party very seriously, and we will continue to
campaign to govern more jurisdictions across the country, not for the sake of
power, but to positively change the lives of millions of South Africans who
have been neglected by a government of looters and liars.
- Mabine Seabe is the DA's director of communications.
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