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Maimane, De Lille hit Cape Town in registration drive

2016-03-03 12:25
DA Western Cape leader Patricia de Lille (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Cape Town - There were plenty of selfies, hugs and chit-chat when DA leader Mmusi Maimane and provincial leader Patricia de Lille greeted commuters at the Cape Town train station on Thursday morning.

The two led a team of blue-clad party members on a voter registration drive, where they handed out flyers and T-shirts to commuters making their way to work.

Maimane, who was cornered by countless supporters armed with cellphones, insisted that registering to vote was imperative.

“We realise we have a government which has failed to deliver to the people. The only democratic instrument that South Africans have is to vote them out,” he said.

“This weekend is about the future, especially for young people who will vote for the first time.”

De Lille, who boogied with MPs and supporters outside the station complex, said the party received “extremely positive feedback” from commuters.

“We are here to… motivate them to register this weekend and also to explain that if they want us to continue with the good work in the City of Cape Town, it is necessary for them to vote [for the DA] again,” she said.

(Tammy Petersen, News24)

Lynette Sobe from Khayelitsha was proud to say Maimane and his party could count on her vote.

“Mmusi is great!” she enthused.

“He is rich, but he still thinks about the poor and how to make our lives better. He understands and cares about us. I need to run to Shoprite, but I will hurry back because I want to hug him. He is wonderful.”

Sobe said the party, through the City of Cape Town, had been doing “very well” in delivering services.

“I struggled for eight years to get a title deed for my house. I went to my local councillor, but nothing. When I took it up with the DA, everything happened quick-quick. They work hard and deserve my vote.”

(Tammy Petersen, News24)

Sidney Goliath said while he believed the City was not performing that well in his home town of Mitchells Plain, he would still make his mark next to the blue party.

“Compared to when the ANC was in charge here, the DA outperforms them by far,” he said.

“However, they are far from perfect. Sometimes I feel that they look after the smart areas in the suburbs before they look after us.”

Others were also not as impressed when the party’s T-shirts were being distributed.

“Ek sal my vensters was daarmee (I will wash my windows with it),” one woman commented to a friend, who nodded in agreement.

“Hulle doen niks vir my nie, en mens sien net die mense wanneer hulle onse votes soek (They do nothing for me and you only see them when they want our votes).”

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