Port Elizabeth – The DA has ensured that it can take ANC
wards in Nelson Mandela Bay, its mayoral candidate Athol Trollip says.
Trollip said the Democratic Alliance made inroads in African
National Congress strongholds when it opened a constituency office in the
townships at Njoli Street.
"We have worked harder there than ever before. We are
convinced there will be massive inroads there," he said.
During the 2011 local elections, the ANC took the metro with
51.5% over the DA's 40.24%.
The poor attendance at the ANC's recent manifesto launch in
Port Elizabeth was no shock to Trollip, who said the party's
"arrogance" would prove fatal to its prospects in the upcoming
"We weren't surprised about the ANC’s poor attendance.
We work on the ground. We know people are tired of the ANC. The arrogance of
the ANC is going to bring them down."
Trollip dismissed claims by former Cosatu secretary general
Zwelinzima Vavi that he had been approached by the DA to become its mayoral
candidate in the metro.
"Your information is wrong. There were no talks with
Vavi and certainly not for him to come in as the mayoral candidate. It was a
ploy to distract voters."
Trollip said several people had worked hard to build the
DA's standing in Nelson Mandela Bay.
"The DA isn't Trollip. It's about many people who over
many years have been growing their reputation in this city. That is why the
DA... has been growing over 41% in this city."
Trollip said the DA's reputable work in other municipalities
was proof enough that the party was capable of taking over the city.
News24 reported Vavi said he had been approached by DA
leader Mmusi Maine to form part of a coalition with the United Front. Vavi said
he had refused the offer.