DA can win Mandela Bay - Zille

2011-05-17 20:15

Port Elizabeth - The DA can win Nelson Mandela Bay from the ANC in the local government elections, party leader Helen Zille said as she wrapped up campaigning in townships around the metro on Tuesday afternoon.

"I have been here five times and there is a chance we can win it if our supporters come out and vote," Zille said after speaking to the party faithful in the Stamati Valley area outside Port Elizabeth.

"It will all boil down to who comes out and votes tomorrow."

Zille said the DA had been "scientific" in its approach to the elections and in deciding which areas to focus its campaigning on.

"We look at the numbers very carefully. We monitor the movements on a chart. Mandela Bay is down to the wire."

Zille said she had seen "the meaning of poor service delivery" as she toured the townships around the city on a double decker campaign bus on Tuesday morning.

"I've seen what poor delivery means in practice. Looking from the bus today it was quite obvious."

Piles of rubbish lined the sides of the streets on much of the route the DA bus passed through. Many of the roads were dotted with potholes.

"We would obviously love to win another metro and show people what difference the DA can make to their lives."

Zille started her tour in the mainly coloured suburb of Helenvale, where she was greeted by supporters waving DA flags and families who rushed to their gates to wave to her as the party's motorcade drove by.

Zille is different

The bus was mobbed by DA supporters as it drove though Missionvale, a township of shacks and RDP houses.

"When you go to vote tomorrow, listen to your heart and your heart is going to say DA," Zille said in an impromptu stop outside a shop in Kleinskool.

People living in the area said they were tired of not having basic services like water and electricity.

Davidene Fortuin, 18, said she was looking forward to voting in her first election.

"I'm voting for Zille. I trust her. We don't have things like electricity and running water.

"I live in a shack with my family. We need someone like her to help us. I don't like politicians, but Zille is different."

Appels Phiri, 19, said she was tired of seeing her family "sukkeling" (battling). Whoever I vote for tomorrow, they must make a difference. They must fix things," she said.


Crowds waving ANC flags and dancing and singing converged on the DA bus at each of its stops.

"We are not making trouble," a man in an ANC T-shirt said.

"We were merely passing by and Zille happened to be here."

Zille said she had grown used to disruptions from the ANC.

“The ANC is allowed to dance wherever they like. This is a free country. Everywhere I've been the ANC has followed. They find a street corner and they begin to toyi-toyi.

“The important thing is wherever we have been, we have outnumbered them five to one.”

On the route, a police vehicle pulled in front of an ANC motorcade that was using loudhailers urging people not to vote for the DA, and prevented it from moving towards the DA bus.

  • j4truth - 2011-05-17 20:25

    PE for DA give da lady a chance!

      Edgar - 2011-05-17 21:40

      Somebody out there is making money to manufacture and erect POTHOLE signs. Are we short of Tar and willingly paid people to fix them? Hessian bags and sand don't fix potholes. Get someone to take charge to fix things.

  • paulmandlankosi - 2011-05-17 20:31

    Next time

      Dave - 2011-05-17 20:40

      You obviously dont live without basic services

      Enough! - 2011-05-17 21:26

      Paul! become a member! be apart and have your say in the future of the DA and the country! those who say the DA is a whites only party is wrong. the NP joined the ANC. the DA have got some bad apples that why it so important that people that really care make sure they also become members to have a say who becomes the future leaders! I will be voting DA this time all the way for the very first time myself and rather excited about it! i feel and believe Helen Zilles heart is true and real to see a better life for all. After her I know we will see a great and equipt leader take the lead. Till then I think she could play a great roll.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-05-17 21:33

      I never said anything about the DA, I do not know where your get you verses from.

      Enough! - 2011-05-17 21:37

      And by that last comment of mine I wasn't saying Helen not great or equipt. Because I think she is indeed great. But that we will even see more and more great leaders follow in her foot steps and leaders of colour! That all!

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-05-17 21:42

      You have not said anything of substance just praise singing and that has nothing to do with my comment.

      Nico - 2011-05-17 21:44

      NO, Paul studied in western cape (cape town was good enough for him) for upbringing.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-05-17 21:49

      @Nico, I obtained my masters degree there so what?

  • Liberale - 2011-05-17 20:37

    Talk is cheap, but the money buys the whiskey, and since the anc has spent so much on whiskey allready, i think its the DA's time!!!!!! Tomorrow is going to be a great DAy!!

  • Willie - 2011-05-17 20:49

    A change is long overdue!! Hope the DA can relieve us of the incompetent and racist ANC. Viva DA

  • tdk25 - 2011-05-17 20:59

    DA WILL win Mandela Bay

      Johan - 2011-05-18 15:27

      yes i hope so,then we will see what the ANC going to say will come up with some story go DA

  • renaldogouws - 2011-05-17 21:51

    All these ANC suckers commenting on here insulting someone... how about you go and suck on Malema some more... you are obsessed with color but the DA is color blind... the ANC is 90% black, the DA is almost equal to all races... who really is a one race party here? You are all a bunch of racists hiding behind the Apartheid excuse... you are a dying breed my friends... Viva DA Viva!

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-05-17 21:58

      Was your research on racial distribution in political parties?

      renaldogouws - 2011-05-17 22:23

      I actually hold a masters degree in Industrial Psychology so yeah... im quite educated in the field. You?

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-05-18 07:41

      Masters in Dentistry specialising in orthodontics, I know you anyway. from UPE

  • Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-05-17 23:26

    We have defeated a bad government before, we can do it again.

  • Justin - 2011-05-18 11:35

    Why the DA will battle to win - The mentality of the Black Nation as below...................... Old black man and his wife are lying in bed in Harare,,, they have had no electricity for 7 months and the tap stopped producing water a year before,,, he is lying in his bed sweating from a very curable illness which has not been treated due to lack of medicine,,, they are both hungry as there has been no world relief food coming in,,, his wife is coughing up blood as she has bad TB,,, while they are lying on there bed the tap starts running and the lights suddenly come on , the TV starts playing an and add comes on for food at the local shelter,,,,, the old man struggles to his feet coughing and wheezing and says to his wife,,, quick,,, bring my panga,,, the whites are back!!!!!

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