DA surge not ANC's demise - Vavi

2011-05-20 12:02

Pretoria - ANC voters have not crossed to the DA, despite an increase in the opposition party's share of the votes in the 2011 local government elections, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Friday.

"People will... register their unhappiness but they will not cross the floor," the union federation head said at the Independent Electoral Commission's results centre in Pretoria.

Ahead of the polls, many communities registered their unhappiness over service delivery through protests.

"I think ANC supporters in the main mobilise not to vote... they won't cross the floor."

Retained core support

He said the impression that the DA had eaten into the ANC's voter base was flawed.

"I think what is happening... is that the ANC is able to retain the core of its support. But the DA and Cope have wiped out all of the smaller parties. No party is in trouble with 60%," he said of the ANC.

Smaller opposition parties had fared dismally thus far in the election, as the release of the results reached the 95% mark.

Vavi said the ANC would have to visit all the areas where people had problems.

"The challenge for the ANC is to go back to all those areas where people refuse to vote to ask very serious questions."

Dressed in a black shirt and mustard blazer Vavi attracted a number of journalists wanting to ask his opinion of the poll results so far.

Vavi said he was "quite pleased" at the result - the ANC's share of the total national vote stood at 61.7% when he arrived. He described municipal polls as "difficult".

His smile disappeared as he spoke of his disappointment at losing Cape Town to the DA. Cosatu Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich had been the ANC's mayoral candidate in the metro.

"Of course I am disappointed that in Cape Town we didn't do well... I think we started to campaign too late," he said.


DA leader Helen Zille then walked over, gingerly announcing that she wanted to "speak to [her] mate", referring to Vavi.

They shook hands, laughed and joked, and Zille told Vavi that one of his quotes about the opposition party had been the "best of the election".

"You said we are 'going into the election with our tail between our legs and our back against the wall'," she laughed, and the two spoke, lowering their voices, to be out of the journalists' earshot.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu approached and jokingly asking Vavi if he was "trying to recruit" Zille.

"I'm recruiting him," Zille shot back.

Vavi greeted ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe warmly, peering over his shoulder as Mantashe explained results appearing on a computer screen.

  • saabnut - 2011-05-20 12:05

    Keep at your spin doctoring, Vavi. Keep the masses of gullible sheep fearing the ancestors and blindly following your corrupt leaders. All that happens is that the poor remain so, and the gravy train adds coach after coach and gathers more cadre passengers. Shame on COSATU for supporting them too.

      saabnut - 2011-05-20 12:08

      I want to see what is going to happen to Zuma's promise to relook at the candidate lists after the elections. All a pack of lies...

      Kgomotso - 2011-05-20 12:25

      If there is one thing Democracy gave that most people in this forum would take away if given power it is THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE every SA citizen has.

      Kat - 2011-05-20 12:55

      Kgomotso, you are right, Freedom of Choice, is very important, but then we can also qualify that choice. Was it an 'informed choice' or 'obligated choice'. Nobody wants to take away that choice, not in a million years, but what we do with that freedom, normally comes at a very high price.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-20 13:17

      While the ANC keep their voters uneducated, they will always have a 60% majority. The fact is, the ANC rely on the uneducated and uninformed to vote for them and unfortunately, South Africa is the poorer for it....for the time being, the uneducated masses rule!

      changeisGood - 2011-05-20 14:10

      @Mike@CapeT It does not require a degree to know that the ANC stands for the poor and previously disadvantaged communities and the DA supports Middle class (blacks always forging their accent to sound like whites)and a majority of whites, I have never come accross any white person trying to sound like a black person unless he is morking and derogatory, they alsways try to sound black to prove that anyone speaking an African Language is Stupid, white people have no respect and for that reason, we will always support our own, proof is in the municipal elections results. DA will never understand the dynamices fased by the poor in this country because they have no representation from poor communities all current Black DA supportes are from rich and suburban background, so what do they know about being poor, you need to be living in those areas or having lived under those conditions to be able to understand day to day challenges fased by seriously poor people. so it suites the DA cos Capetown is for the rich, only feel sorry for people in Gugs, Khayelitsha and other poor communities in Capetown.

      ShabirS - 2011-05-20 14:21

      @Mike. Educate and loving the ANC

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-20 15:32 just emphasise my point. Forget about the accents, the intelligent blacks have seen the light and are voting for a government that will do good for the country, irrespective of colour. The DA is far more a 'rainbow' party than the ANC which is 95% black (and mainly uneducated). The ANC is also far more racist, as was proved during election time!

      Fikile - 2011-05-20 16:21

      I am educated, no thanks to the DA they have always oppressed me and tried to keep me in my place(township) I'll always support the alliance no mater what. although vavi should recognise and admit that the and ANC F,ed up, but thanks to Zille (her wanting always to be the MADAM) the ANC is maintain the majority in most municipalities but had there been a credible black leader in the DA things might have been a lot different. LOL three cheers for zille Thanks zille for giving the ANC another chance... PS a black person educated or uneducated will never vote for the white madam.

      Mundu - 2011-05-20 17:04

      @ Fuckele, How did the DA oppress you and try to keep you in the townships? They are not the government of the day and have never been given the chance to run the country. They are not an "apartheid" party. For someone claiming to be educated you are not very bright, are you?

      golferspal - 2011-05-21 09:21

  • Felix - 2011-05-20 12:12

    Vavi is a visionary, he has already foreseen 'President Zille'.

      Felix - 2011-05-20 12:27

      I never said you would become president blueassfly.

      Vela Stardust - 2011-05-20 12:27

      Working on the assumption that if took 40 years to end the apartheid NP rule, it is going to take 40 years to end the racist ANC rule. South Africa has 13 years left to wait for true democracy. ANC shrinking, DA growing !

      saabnut - 2011-05-20 12:36

      @ Felix: that chirp for Bloubal gets you a 9!

      corro51 - 2011-05-20 13:01

      @bluemas. Jou ma.

      Steen - 2011-05-20 13:08

      My analysis is ANC retained the core of its support and DA has benefitted from ID supporters and Cope. If you look at the number of people that have registered that didn’t vote and you look at the overwhelming respond for the ANC you will agree with me that the ANC has not lost to the DA. Media makes it looks like the ANC has lost the ground but in actual fact it is not. I still believe that once the final results declared ANC will have 65% plus.

      just4laughs - 2011-05-20 20:29

      @Vela Stardust - reckon you should take a few maths lessons mate. I might be wrong, but 17 plus 13 usually works out at 30. Not a particularly good ad for DA support I'm afraid.

  • Born To Fish - 2011-05-20 12:15

    Ok then maybe the Western Cape voters was shipped in from elsewhere. You are going to lose bit by bit over the next couple of elections.

      Heronakamura - 2011-05-20 12:36

      Of course, they used to belong to the ID, Minority front, FF+plus you name them!

  • Smindlo - 2011-05-20 12:16

    hey Vavi, go screww yourself man..we dont want any more strikes from your lazy union members. you endorsed the ANC.

  • Herbert - 2011-05-20 12:17

    Zwelinzima, are you blind? your cohorts are thieving away the riches of this country and not delivering!!! I've travelled, and wherever the DA is involved, things happen. Is it because they do not practice cadre deployment? Maybe. Is it becasue they do not enrich themselves? Maybe. Is it because they employ persons with skills who have measurable outcome requirements? Maybe. The ANC was a good liberation movement, but as a government, it has failed its constituency!

  • Grump - 2011-05-20 12:18

    You can have as many sheep on the farm as the farm can carry, but they will still be sheep and unable to manage the farm

  • Badger - 2011-05-20 12:20

    YES Vavi, whatever

  • Thandiswe - 2011-05-20 12:22

    I am not ashamed to say that i votela ANC in 94... since 99 i votela DA ONLY!!! i crossed Vavi.. the grass is more greener!!

      sefeddt - 2011-05-20 12:35

      ANCestrors will come haunt you.

      Charlie - 2011-05-20 12:59

      @sefeddt...and murder victims will haunt you!

      Kat - 2011-05-20 13:03

      Thandiswe most of the people I know voted for the ANC in '94. The Freedom Charter is still a wonderful dream. Now all those people and more are voting DA because the ANC of today is not the same as when the 'older generation' was still calling the shots. Today's ANC is a disgrace.

      nakkie1616 - 2011-05-20 19:52

      ek meen tot ek sal anc stem. but i cant cause i dont absolutely nothing and then im racist??! ek pla niemandi!!!

      scotty scotty - 2011-05-20 21:48

      @Charlie i think thats said in jest, thats exactly what Zuma said if you dont vote ANC.

  • sheep - 2011-05-20 12:23

    i agree with you my comrade. our people will never cross. they will never commit that sin.

      saabnut - 2011-05-20 12:38

      '...that sin" You probably mean that they would never DELIBERATELY anger the ancestors...

      Worldwise - 2011-05-20 13:00

      Hey Sheep, read Thandiswes comment right above yours. She crossed. So who are YOUR people then? Comrade refers to a soldiers colleague. Bet you were never a real soldier.

      vanommen.jan - 2011-05-20 14:19

      Agreed! For any crossing you will need to build a bridge and the ANC failed to deliver again.

      johan - 2011-05-20 14:23


  • Jason V - 2011-05-20 12:23

    Then how come the total national % dropped for the ANC. ANC total share decreased.... and all parties can only ever add up to 100%.

      cerveza - 2011-05-20 12:48

      @Jason - they blame the decrease on non-voters. It is strange that they now think non-voters are a good thing because during Apartheid the ANC campaigned for non-voting in the Bantustans to show that the people do not recognise the government forced onto them and don't support a fake democracy

      Kat - 2011-05-20 13:07

      They did not vote at all. They showed their disappointment by NOT voting and not crossing over to another party.

  • wisegirl - 2011-05-20 12:24

    yes Mr Vavi, shame on you! You are sitting pretty, living comfotably while your supporters are poor and uneducated, tell them the truth and stop clinging to your corrupt buddies in the ANC.I do not believe for one second that you are concerned about their wellbeing

      Worldwise - 2011-05-20 13:03

      Explain why not Blueass. You guys never manage to explain your comments. Must be due to an ANC outcomes based education.

  • Thembisile - 2011-05-20 12:24

    You did not lose because you started campaigning late, you lost because Western Cape people did not want to by governed by lies, lack of service delivery and incompetence.

      Charlie - 2011-05-20 13:03

      So gutted they DA didn't win PE, another 5 years of anc corruption, incompetence and theft...fkn great!!!!

  • Jason V - 2011-05-20 12:24

    Most of the small parties in a lot of the area's weren't even large enough all together to make up the increase in DA support.

  • citizen36M1 - 2011-05-20 12:27

    The longest journey, Mr. Vavi, begins with a single step, and as a very wise man said many, many years ago, "You can fool some of the people all the time, and even fool all of the people some of the time, but you can never fool all of the people all of the time". The time will soon arrive when all the people are no longer fooled by the ANC, COSATU and the SACP - the awakening has already begun!

  • mbossenger - 2011-05-20 12:28

    In Nelson Mandela Bay the ANC lost 14% and the da GAINED 15%. Where did they gain from if not the ANC?

      Totman - 2011-05-20 13:41

      The "clever" people will say it comes from the ID and Cope. The ID was never so strong and some of their voters would have gone to ANC, Cope and small parties. Cope did not compete in a local election before and therefore you can't say the people came from Cope. Most of these people, that would have voted for Cope the previous time, came from the ANC. It is there first time note voting for the ANC in an LOCAL ELECTION and therefore you must see them as x ANC members. I heard "clever" profs that said that these people were from Cope. Even they can some-time talk nonsense. It is good the official opposition is stronger and just maybe the leading party will look for a reasons why the people change loyalty or sustain from voting. If so, it can only benefit the country and specifically the poor.

      Voyager - 2011-05-20 14:20

      @Totman - I agree - the one HUGE positive to come out of this election is that the cANCer will do some soul-searching and must now realise that they need to make some radical changes. The writing is on the wall. Hopefully this will provide the impetus for ALL people of SA's lives to improve and not just the elite few.

  • Chang Yi - 2011-05-20 12:29

    DA is ??/?? ??/?? Viva ANC!!!

  • Darkwing Duck - 2011-05-20 12:34

    There you have it folks. The ANC is NOT going to change their approach and give you what you are voting for because they are convinced in their complacency that you will NEVER take their vote away. They are quite happy for you to protest, it puts no pressure on them because they know they have you in their pocket whether or not they do their job. Please realise, that YOU are not ANC. No citizen is ANC, DA, COPE or whoever. To wrap up your identity with any single political party is extremely dangerous and destructive to your future and the future of your country. your freedom was won by YOUR sacrifice, not the blood of the ANC. They owe you THEIR loyalty for staying with them during the struggle and giving them strength. They didn't win the war for you...YOU did with YOUR blood and sacrifice. They have to show their loyalty and appreciation for YOU, not the opposite. Now you have a new struggle: not against oppression, but for your own political freedom, service delivery and accountable government. This new struggle you have to fight within yourselves to free your voice and votes from slavery to a party that remains ungrateful for your sacrifices and insensitive to your suffering.

      PresentlyDisadvantaged - 2011-05-20 12:45

      well said

      PresentlyDisadvantaged - 2011-05-20 12:46

      if only you get this out the masses, who dont read news24

  • Bluemas - 2011-05-20 12:34

    ANC controls 8 out of 9 provinces in SA! Score: ANC - 8 DA - 1

      Thandiswe - 2011-05-20 12:42

      used to be 8 to 0... therefore we are making ground! wake up

      Mork - 2011-05-20 12:44

      ANC STEALS from 8 out of 9 provinces in SA! Score: ANC - THIEVES DA - 1

      GrimReaper10 - 2011-05-20 12:54

      I stay in WC. So Im happy. The people who voted for ANC can continue to suffer because of their own stupidity.

      Democrat - 2011-05-20 13:03

      And look at the delivery in those provinces compared to the Western Cape. Why do you think there is so much support for the DA in the WC? Maybe you didn't notice but overall the DA has made gains while the ANC has lost support.

      Charlie - 2011-05-20 13:07

      Another 5 years to bankrupt some more municipalities...Bluemas, you must be so proud!!!

      vanommen.jan - 2011-05-20 14:21

      And in a blink the ANC became complaisant

      Voyager - 2011-05-20 14:23

      I live in the WC. I got what I voted for and am VERY happy about that. Now you live with what you voted for. Good luck!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-20 12:36

    Typical "logic"...If we're unhappy, we'll go on the rampage & won't vote.. EISH..

      mots - 2011-05-20 14:25

      Even worse we'll protest and vote them in again or not vote. It's a pity they do not know how a true democracy works. Like abused spouses. It is areal pity COPE did not amount to much as the ANC would have lost more ground. Maybe still

  • Born To Fish - 2011-05-20 12:36

    A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am." The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude." She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a DA supporter!" "I am," replied the man. "How did you know?" "Well," answered the balloonist," everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me" The man smiled and responded, "You must be an ANC Government official" "I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?" "Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but, somehow, now it's my fault."

      Felix - 2011-05-20 13:30

      Love it!

      vanommen.jan - 2011-05-20 14:24

      Loving it! Back in the Netherlands we used that one when the socialists were in majority back in the 70/80's.

  • michael.e.bowery - 2011-05-20 12:36

    Vavi get among ordinary black people. Those who didnt cross the floor abstained from voting -reason....with the ANC nothing changes so why vote. The DA gains were from those who did cross the floor to a better place. Check the Cape against Gauteng - no contest for administration, service delivery and that old standby Corruption

  • ME - 2011-05-20 12:37

    This election was the best to date in our history. However we need a reality check:::- the ANC will not allow poor service delivery to get as bad as it did in the last few years. They have learnt a hard lesson. This is the best the DA will go as it was fueled largely by the ANC's over-confident belief they did not need to put in effort to win votes, coupled with poor service delivery in certain areas. Well done to the DA for making this our best local poll in years. The DA will however continue eating into the indian and coloured communities outside Cape Town. That is expected (we are South Africans- whites, indians, coloureds generally feel closer together. Blacks generally feel different from all the rest)

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-20 13:00

      I beg to differ...As an Indian, I don't feel any closer to White people.. I just want a city that works ! Imagine if I voted for Rajbansi just because he's Indian ?!! Makes no sense...

      mugu.eater - 2011-05-20 13:15

      @ Curry I think you missed what ME was saying. Whites, Coloured's and Indians will vote similar because of wanting good, clean government

  • customdesign - 2011-05-20 12:41

    Vavi is wrong- if we look at the map of the election we can see alot of areas in the Western Cape that were previously ANC going to the DA. I think where the ANC capitalised is that they virtually wiped out the IFP in Kwazulu Natal due to their infighting and also gained because of Copes infighting- it is not the DA but their own issues that put pressure on them. I think many who would of voted for Cope or the IFP went over to the ANC to vote amongst racial lines. There were also Municipal lines which were changed in favour of the ANC- probably to favour them taking Tshwane- I will love to see the population stats of of the areas that have now been included in to Tshwane recently. Anyways- I do feel upbeat after the election- I hope the ANC does make good to improve it's service delivery, and I hope the competition in the next election will be much bigger

  • Yasr - 2011-05-20 12:44

    I like this country, it has bite! Grrr...

  • sefeddt - 2011-05-20 12:44

    Jacob Zuma summoned all the premiers for a discussion, while waiting for Zuma to arrive (late as usual) the Limpopo premier asked Zille how her province was doing, Zille smiled and said they have got clean audits, and proud of their service and delivery time. The Limpopo premier smiled broadly and said his province was doing better. How so Zille enquired puzzled. The Limpopo Premier beamed and said his province also had clean Audis but also new BMW's and Mercs all serviced and delivered on time.

      Janine - 2011-05-20 13:39


  • closedeye - 2011-05-20 12:44

    Mr Vavi, you wrong. I have always voted for the ANC but the ANC I know does not exist any longer but have become a racial party with ill mannered member/s. The DA has actually taken you position as a party for the people. So when you make statement speak to the people and you get the correct answer.

  • PaulChinchen - 2011-05-20 12:47


      Janine - 2011-05-20 13:40

      Why bring religion into this debate?

  • Sho Fukamachi - 2011-05-20 12:47

    LOL, yes. Live in your dream world, while in reality the ANC if slowly being flushed down the drain like the stuck turd it is.

  • ColinG - 2011-05-20 12:51

    Way to go Zille! In sports, we would call it sportsmanship. I suppose in politics it would be called politicsmanship.

  • daboss247365 - 2011-05-20 12:52

    Well, the fact that they chatted, laughed together & the scene yesterday between IFP & ANC also chatting does prove one thing - We have matured well as a democracy in many ways. still far to go but that is a fundemental step :)

      daboss247365 - 2011-05-20 13:01

      As for many of us here, seems like we still got a lot to learn, but at least we are all passionate about our nation & her politics :) So hey, like I say, we are getting there. Well done to the ANC & the DA on all victories. We should all be winners from this, as service delivery improves :)

  • willieman - 2011-05-20 12:52

    "ANC voters have not crossed to the DA" how do you know that Vavi,It is high time you review this idea of telling us we should support the anc,but when allegations of corruption surface you take cover by telling us that there are discussions

  • Julius - 2011-05-20 12:54

    As long as he believe this, great

  • CHIPPER_CHAP - 2011-05-20 13:00

    off course they wont be your demise. Your own service delivery and corruption will in time, once these blind voters wake up, will be your demise. So congratalions on your win and many happy happy delivery protests, burning tyres for you all :)

  • corro51 - 2011-05-20 13:05

    Vavi is dreaming. If the inroads made by the DA were of no concern, it should not have warranted a comment by him. His excuse of starting the campaign too late in the Cape is a pearl. Sensible people don't vote for liars and thieves.

  • RobertKay - 2011-05-20 13:07

    Any excuse they can make up, they will use. Your people are getting fed up with the lies and broken promises, Vavi. Live with it.

  • Steen - 2011-05-20 13:07

    My analysis is ANC retained the core of its support and DA has benefitted from ID supporters and Cope. If you look at the number of people that have registered that didn’t vote and you look at the overwhelming respond for the ANC you will agree with me that the ANC has not lost to the DA. Media makes it looks like the ANC has lost the ground but in actual fact it is not. I still believe that once the final results declared ANC will have 65% plus.

      Totman - 2011-05-20 13:59

      Steen, they can't gain from Cope. Cope never competed in a local election before. There is a difference. In other words. All those that would have voted for Cope, but decided to vote DA are X ANC voters. The ID would have lost some voters to other parties as well and were in anyway to small to make up those figures. I also do not think the DA made the impact on the ANC voters as they would have liked to do, but I think they are seeing the small bit as a begin. A few ANC voters did not vote and that can create a opportunity for the DA. Specially when the DA is going to phase in new young black leaders due to the vote that they gained from that group. We stay an interesting country with interesting times ahead and we can be proud on the example, with voting, we set for other African countries. when

  • SilentGenius - 2011-05-20 13:08

    Mr Vavi - you say the reason for you losing out on Cape Town is because you started to campaign to late there....I can bet you if you started to campaign there tommorrow for the 2016 Municipal Elections you will still not have it. Why would anybody vote against a winning recipe?

  • Flinger - 2011-05-20 13:10

    By statistics alone i have to agree with Vavi, ANC lost only 2.5% from the last election, DA gained 9%! The summary of the election is more of the same...gradual losses by the ANC, political consolidation but thankfully, great gains by the DA, what is striking, one party seems to have a slow puncture (scuse the pun) and the other has increased its following by almost will be difficult to turn this titanic around quickly.

  • Justin - 2011-05-20 13:14

    Ja Vavi, sometimes it pays to shut the F*** up, in 5 years time your union workers will still be sucking the hind tit of the fat cat ANC pigs. As the saying goes " a monkey in a silk suit is still a monkey" so cut the spin doctoring and face whats coming in the next election,

  • mufasa - 2011-05-20 13:16

    still voting anc- still wanting bad service- still encouraging fraud.... when will you learn voting ANC is not voting against white and for black but voting for K@* instead of service... they have failed on serviced yet you still believe they are the best? when will you start looking past skin color and vote for a positive difference?

  • Shayne - 2011-05-20 13:16

    I would like to congratulate all SA' we have had another peaceful well run election.

  • bebe - 2011-05-20 13:17

    To VAVI - Do you think we are ALL STUPID !!! the ANC has lost votes to the DA - and the only reason that the ANC keeps getting votes is because all those that vote ANC have no education and cannot think for themselves GO DA GO

      Felix - 2011-05-20 13:33

      Oh and they run the 'I'EC...

      Phutie - 2011-05-20 13:39

      what is education according to you,I mean if the majority do not want to be ruled by the Madam,what wrong with that,I do not think you have it cos if had it you would know the defination of democracy

  • aarchaic - 2011-05-20 13:18

    ANC supporters not voting is also Flawed... this has been the Highest turn out of voters in years! and the Anc is down accross the board... MANY walked over please dont fool yourself! DA gain 6% more black votes this election.

  • kneelow - 2011-05-20 13:22

    "People will... register their unhappiness but they will not cross the floor,".... Then they deserve the service (or lack of) which they will get with the ANC in power.

  • Kathleen - 2011-05-20 13:23

    when you dont admit you have a problem you can not solve it, it just gets worse ! like a drug addict who says he is not addicted

  • luana - 2011-05-20 13:39

    What a happy day in the history of our beautiful country. In my mind, the people has spoken. By staying away and by voting for the only party with a proven shiny track record in cape town, the people has reminded the ruling party of the following: no matter what you promise no matter what fear you try to instil in the people you are in our service not in power over us and being in service means work needs to be done to make our lives better not only yours and those of your family and friends Our roads need to be fixed our money needs to be used wisely to make our lives better not only yours and those of your family and friends The people are saying to the ruling party WAKE UP we are not happy with the way you are running the country. No matter how much money you spend on the election no matter how smoothly the election role is handled we are not happy with the way you are running the country. Get it? I personally lent my vote to the DA for the first time ever Because I have been to cape town and my heart sings when I am there where everything works from the centre outwards it is systematically being fixed and with the woman with the huge heart as the Mayor I am extremely excited to see that city develop over the next four years To me, it is evident that we are at a crossroads in our country Everything needs to change from today DOWN with egos and self enrichment, DOWN UP with humility and hard work , UP Not only by our government I do not see a government handing out houses magically from heaven I see a country where the government provides recourses to us so that we can use our own skills and gifts to better our country for ourselves I see us building our own houses with bricks we make our own vegetable gardens cared for and loved by us with our natural African ability to work with plants I see sangomas who uses their gifts wisely in service of the people Let is all stand together. Phansi with the excuses and self delusion we are poor we are hungry our roads and hospitals are shameful imagine a country where everyone has a common goal to make life better for all imagine a country where people don’t work on creating fear in others but love and understanding BAtho pele anc BATHO PELE LUANA

      Darkwing Duck - 2011-05-20 16:32

      Well said, friend. I'm proud to share my country with brothers and sisters like you!

  • craig - 2011-05-20 14:33

    Dr James David Manning is right about black people. Only God can help them.

  • mdc - 2011-05-20 14:34

    People cross political floors Mr. Vavi.. do not undermine opposition parties, coz I await the day labour and unions break away from the ruling party, form their own political parties with other civic organisations. This happened in many countries inluding our Northern neighbours in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Mr Frederick Chiluba and Morgen Tsvangirayi were in the same position you are until the Kaundas and Mugabes decided to make their countries ONE party states, nationalizing mines, grabing farms fro their kin, stashed forex abroad, trashed local education while sending theirs to the best British schools, trashed health institutions while they receive the best medical attention in Cuba and the far East (Malaysia). Mr Vavi a lot of African brothers voted DA b'coz they have seen the light before you did.. they are NOT sell-outs, and dont belong to the devil. They have chosen to view things differently - please allow them to. One day, when you see the wrongs a politician can do on their own black brother, think about the words you uttered yesterday while you enjoyed the attention of all those journalists with their mikes and cameras focused on you. History has a way of repeating itself, case in point Zambia & Zim labour turned opposition political parties. SIPHO, JHB

      LilGhettoBoy - 2011-05-20 15:43

      Vavi voted DA.

  • wesley.fuller - 2011-05-20 14:43

    @Change is good...I find it disturbing that you place all "whites" in the same bracket. To be honest, this country will never progress so long as we all see colour. I don't care whether the ruling party is black, green, blue or grey, just so long as they deliver services. A good government is not found on their struggle credentials, their colour or their promises but on their ability to deliver services to the people they SERVE! The ANC has failed in doing this. I do not look at the situation and say that the ANC has failed because they are a mainly comprised of blacks, rather they have failed due to incompetence. Democracy doesn't mean voting once every 5 years, Democracy is founded on SERVING the people and unfortunately this is sorely missed not just in South Africa but in Africa on a whole. Lastly, your comment about the DA serving only the rich middle class, you should go and see how many of the poor areas in Cape Town voted for the DA. You should do your research before copying "parrot fashion" from the ANC. Lastly, to the people that once again voted for the ANC in the areas affected by poor service delivery...the definition of insanity is applying the same method over and over again and expecting a different result. 17 years down the line and you still believe they going to help you.

  • will294 - 2011-05-20 14:51

    The ANC are used to trying to pull the wool over the electorates eyes - so this comes as no surprise