Johannesburg – DA supporters have had enough of the countries 'corrupt' government, they said during party’s manifesto launch on Saturday at Rand Stadium, Johannesburg.
As DA supporters left the stadium singing celebratory songs in honour of the leader Mmusi Maimane they said they had had enough of the ANC.
“I know that he will make a change and as a South African I listened to his manifesto speech and it spoke to me. We are tired, we are angry and we are hungry. The corrupt ANC has left parliament and the people and the DA will take over, mark my words, Nthabiseng Mako from Free State told News24.
George Rasomani from Mamelodi in Pretoria said he was moved by Maimane’s speech. “I came to listen for myself what he can do for me. He is amazing and I believe he is just what is needed to move this country forward.””
Patricia van Schalkwyk said under the ANC her son has been in and out prison because of his addiction to drugs. She said her son has struggled to find a job since he matriculated and this caused him to turn to drugs.
“If I would tell you my life story you would cry. We are living in poor conditions. We don’t have water, we don’t have electricity and our houses are falling apart. We have turned to the DA because the ANC of Nelson Mandela is gone. We are led by corrupt people and enough is enough,” she said.
Sick of empty promises
DA spokesperson Phumzile van Damme said they estimated that 22 000 people had filled up the stadium. She said the party was happy about the turnout. “We had a successful launch and I am very proud of the numbers,” she told News24.
Maimane focused his address on the country’s biggest metros – Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay, News24 reported.
Of all the metros, the ANC-run Tshwane and Johannesburg were at the bottom of list. Maimane also tackled job creation, corruption, Gupta’s, and the Constitution.
Maimane said the party recognised that jobs were created by small businesses and not by government and the party would create jobs by attracting and supporting new small businesses, News24 reported.
“This begins with fixing the basics – making your area clean and safe, with good affordable transport, high-speed internet and stable electricity and water supply.”
Maimane said this year’s election was a chance for people to send a message to President Jacob Zuma and the ANC that they were “sick and tired of their empty promises”.