De Lille: DA wants Cape Town majority

2011-05-16 11:31

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance is aiming to secure an outright majority in Cape Town in Wednesday’s municipal election, and is not thinking of coalitions, the party’s mayoral candidate Patricia de Lille said on Monday.

“We are aiming for an outright majority on May 18; we are not thinking of coalitions at this point,” she told journalists at a Cape Town Press Club breakfast.

With less than 48 hours to go before voters head to the polls, De Lille said the race for the metropole would be close.

“People say that we can win an outright majority in Cape Town, but what they forget is that we got just over 40% of the vote in 2006.

“We can get over 50% on Wednesday, but we need every DA voter to come out on that day to ensure we do it.

“We need an outright majority so that we can focus on service delivery, not on managing the internal politics of a coalition,” she said.

De Lille also used the occasion to take a swipe at her main rival, ANC mayoral candidate Tony Ehrenreich, whom she accused of “sucking things out of his thumb” when it came to speaking of his plans for the city.

“I’m seriously worried about his understanding of local government… he says if he’s elected mayor of Cape Town, he’ll deal with education… which is a national and provincial competence.

“He further says he’s going to improve the Metrorail system, again a competency of national government. The guy doesn’t have a clue about what he wants to do; he also doesn’t have a plan,” De Lille said.

  • Kribb88 - 2011-05-16 11:36

    Tony....Hahahahah Love it when a person knows what he/she is talking about! You Go DA can't beat the truth

      michaelx - 2011-05-16 12:34


      vtowntekkie - 2011-05-16 12:35

      Maki,i would like to hear you after the 18 th-J.A.C.K!

      Mike or Mpho - 2011-05-16 12:41

      Maki, whats the point of spending money on Gugulethu when all will be burned, destroyed and stolen? First deal with the real issues like emplyment, and self efficiency, than rollout hand outs for those that deserve it. Typical ANC thinkimg, or a lack of! The reason so much money is spent on places like Camps Bay is becasue that is where the tourism industry is, it's where jobs get created, and it is where most of the taxes are collected from. Your one sided views are exactly what is wring with the ANC, no logic whatsover.

      Theuns - 2011-05-16 13:13


      steve - 2011-05-16 13:14

      Ya, this is Africa logic is very hard to find here don't know where he is.

      Albo - 2011-05-16 14:01

      @ANCBlackDevil - Sure!! That name "Table Mountain" is the most racist collonial name that just highlights oppression whenever it`s looked at. How do you even manage to feed yourself everyday?

  • saabnut - 2011-05-16 11:51

    They certainly have my vote, and not the thieving ANC goons...

  • kolobe - 2011-05-16 11:58

    De Lille is a career politician,how do you endorse policies of PAC and then later of the DA?political prostitute!

      saabnut - 2011-05-16 12:05

      If she is a political prostitute, then what on earth does that make Jacob Zuma in the greater scheme of things?

      Not_Fooled - 2011-05-16 12:05

      @ kolobe Ha ha- She finally saw the light Goooooo DA

      Not_Fooled - 2011-05-16 12:05

      "X" marks the spot!!

      Shistirrer - 2011-05-16 12:07

      At least a prostitute "works" for her money, unlike the political thieves in the ANC that steal outright without lifting a finger to earn it.

      Blikskottel - 2011-05-16 12:12

      I hate to admit this, but you are not wrong.

      willieman - 2011-05-16 12:23

      Tell those people who defected to ANC again,play your cards fairly

      capecrowley - 2011-05-16 12:27

      She was part of PAC when Apartheid was barely over. If I were black and an activist at that time, I would probably also be militant. Now that we are trying to become a normal, mature democracy, activism is about holding politicians accountable to their promises.

      vtowntekkie - 2011-05-16 12:37

      She saw the light,why don't you?

      kolobe - 2011-05-16 12:46

      Blikskottel common sense over skin colour

      Alfred - 2011-05-16 13:30

      Well Kolobe, you may actually have a point. But between a prostitute, figuratively speaking, and an actual rapist, literally speaking, I think I'll go with the prostitute.

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-16 13:53

      And Jacob Zuma had rape charges as well as many corruption charges against him.

      Cire - 2011-05-16 17:02

      The ANC was very happy to have the NP in their cabinet. Was Kortbroek not a prostitute? Just the right kind?

      False Belief - 2011-05-16 21:31

      @saabnut, she lost her virginity and Zuma has every STD in the book as well as a hungry love/rape child on every street corner.

  • Neo - 2011-05-16 12:04

    Make DA circle bigger!!!

      narike.lintvelt - 2011-05-16 13:50

      Clever, clever ;D

      Derek - 2011-05-16 17:15

      That would make an excellent marketing campaign!!

  • Bill - 2011-05-16 12:14

    I wonder if Tony Ehrenreich knows how to spell the word, Politician?????

  • willieman - 2011-05-16 12:20

    ANC played racial cards on this elections,the are just bankrupt with ideas,they did not know how to fight this elections except racial ranting.For how long are you going to cling on this tactics.

      Albo - 2011-05-16 14:03

      Don`t forget they threw in some toilets as well.

  • sepoko - 2011-05-16 12:32

    DA! Watch out a big surprise is awaiting you in CT.

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-05-16 13:06

      what? like 63% majority instead of 51%, that's a suprise we can live with! VIVA DA VIVA!!!

      GT - 2011-05-16 13:16

      Have you hired some of Mugabe's vote counters?

      Sho Fukamachi - 2011-05-16 13:28

      @sepoko. yes, the surprise will be when JZ has to hand over the country to Zille, and all you racist ANC clowns will be crawling back under your rocks, with your tails between your legs.

  • vtowntekkie - 2011-05-16 12:34

    lEKKER Patricia,tell that bugger!!!

  • Yasr - 2011-05-16 12:39

    I am voting for Tony, he is a good guy. Serving the worker since 1984. Patricia however came up on the ticket of representing the working class then decided to jump ship to the middle class like last Thursday. My money is on Tony, political parties aside, his the better guy. I know I know, I am a bad uneducated hotnot. Or am I?

      fknduif - 2011-05-16 12:54

      @Yasr, I don't think you are bad.

      capecrowley - 2011-05-16 12:54

      Tony is probably not a bad guy, but he belongs in civil society rather than being a puppet for the African National Congress. What did they do for the working class when they had control of Cape Town?

      capecrowley - 2011-05-16 12:57

      And on top of that, the ANC doesn't even like Tony, because he is principled and not fraudulent. How long do you think they are going to keep him around as mayor if he won. Within three months he's going to be pushed aside so that those cretins like Skwatsha. Do you remember what them?

      petrivoges - 2011-05-16 12:57

      Naai, jys dydelik!

      Kevin - 2011-05-16 13:13

      You're probably not...yet like most sheeple you're expecting reward from this government and allow me to enlighten you to the facts...if you're not privvy to the inner circle or in a position to procure tenders whether irregularly or're then one of the bottomfeeders and will not benefit(fact)Being a worker does not necessarily entitle you to immediate riches...most need to work hard to progress in life.

      Sho Fukamachi - 2011-05-16 13:29

      @Yasr, why would you want to vote for another 5 years, during which nothing will be done? In that light, yes, you are uneducated.

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-05-16 13:58

      Uneducated? possibly. Why? ....."He further says he’s going to improve the Metrorail system, again a competency of national government. The guy doesn’t have a clue about what he wants to do; he also doesn’t have a plan,” De Lille said.".... But you will still go and vote for him cuz..."political parties aside, his the better guy."... Would an educated person vote for somebody that is a good guy but has no clue or somebody that knows what is required to get the job done competently and efficiently? dunno... you tell me

      Pieter Rademan - 2011-05-16 17:12

      I'm also a good guy. No criminal record, pays my taxes, don't know jack about local for me!

      Crazy Ivan - 2011-05-16 20:08

      3 simple questions my 'educated' fellow South African: Where would you invest your money, expecting a GOOD return in 4/5 years based on service delivery...Cape Town or Johannesburg? Who would you trust your full salary, car and house to? Zuma or Zille? Who would you trust to get things done and run a healthy business? ANC or DA? Changes things dosent it? Now use your vote in the same way, thats an educated decision.

  • Althea - 2011-05-16 12:45

    What will the DA be doing about the "Backyard Dwellers invade Tafelsig"

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-16 12:48

    just thinking out aloud here...Do you think that the DA's voter base is stifled with a White person at the helm & in order to broaden their voter base, maybe Zille needs to hand over the reins to a Black person in the DA ? (Respondants, please keep it decent)

      Mike or Mpho - 2011-05-16 12:54

      Yes, there's still losts to be done within the DA, it still needs to mature as a political party in the scheme of SA politics. But alas, at least they are developing, and moving in the right direction, unlike the paranoid ANC. Their feeding frenzy in the last few decades proved time and time again that they are unable to develop. Maybe one day, but not until they have a strong opposition that can train them some self respect

      Pharo - 2011-05-16 13:02

      I'm sure that Lindiwe is being groomed to take over the leadership, sometime in the future. I would vote for her.

      capecrowley - 2011-05-16 13:04

      I am looking forward to the day that the DA is led by a dynamic black person. Even though I am white, I would much rather prefer to support a truly integrated party, even it means that you lose the support of all the backward racists that constitute maybe 30 - 50% of its base. My dream is that enough blacks and coloureds join the party so that the DA can shed itself from the rightwingers. It can become a truly non-racial, social democratic movement like the UDF used to be. However, until people stoping voting along ethnic loyalties, I fear the DA will continue to need the rightwing support. All this being said, DA continues to be the closest approximation of that non-racial, social democratic ideal in South Africa, and so will have my vote.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-16 13:15

      Thanks Guys...I share your views.

      VM1 - 2011-05-16 13:22

      @Currie Mafia You hit the nail on the head there ! ! ! There is a lot of right wingers hiding in the DA and they keep on appearing from time to time. When they do appear the reveal their backward white supremist thinking like most on this furum. Yes I would consider voting for DA once these characters are gone and the only way to chase them is to agitate by havehing a coloured or black person at the helm .That is the day we will see a splinter party from the DA.

      capecrowley - 2011-05-16 13:31

      Splintering the DA in the short term is not the solution. I think there is a racial radicalisation on both sides of the spectrum, and we all know very well that there is a fairly sizeable proportion of coloureds and blacks who, in their private moments, profess a level of bigotry that would make Adolf Hitler whince. If the ANC government took meaningful steps to build bridges of communication and trust with the whites, by censuring you-know-who and by talking Mandela's language of non-racialism, I believe that at least half of those 'extreme racists' would soften to become a run-of-the-mill grumpy person. In my experience only 10-20% of whites (and Saffers in general) are truly, unreservedly and irrevocably racist. And thats not because of politics, that's because they are just miserable unhappy people who were probably abused as children.

      Albo - 2011-05-16 14:10

      @Currie_Mafia: If that happens, the DA would double their votes overnight. Also, what would the ANC talk about then?? They would be clueless!!

      Jvandm - 2011-05-16 14:12

      The first black DA leader is already in the making (Lindiwe), I don't think the ANC will ever have a white or even coloured leader. The DA really is the only non-racial party in SA.

      Elmarie - 2011-05-16 14:12

      please leave black, white, purple, colourd and green out of this cause this battle is not about race this is about what this party can do to improve a better environment for everyone in SA, nomether who takes lead a white, black or colourd lady or gentleman...I think this race issues needs to be takle down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sho Fukamachi - 2011-05-16 12:52

    LOL.. Good luck ANC trolls, let's see how active you'll be after the 18th. First there'll be the usual reports of how the ANC tried to rig the voting. Then there'll be the reports of how Zuma and his cronies deny everything. Then they'll have to face the fact that they lost even more ground than in the 2009 election. I will wait for the likes of the racist Maki and Tsepho to open their stinking mouths again after that.

  • Papsak - 2011-05-16 12:54

    Viva Tony, Viva Trevor Manuel!!Cape Town here we come. We are sick and tired of little Europe (Cape Town) being a home to whites only. In the evenings blacks and coloureds must trek to the ghettos in the Cape flats while the whites enjoy the city and its beuty. Now a white party wants black and coloured votes!

      capecrowley - 2011-05-16 13:08

      I don't think you live in Cape Town, because if you did you would know that there is a fairly even mix of races on Long Street on a Friday. In fact, most whites aren't even South African.

      Jvandm - 2011-05-16 14:21

      At the Bafana Bafana soccer match last year in Cape Town, the crowd was about 50:50 black and white. You don't see that anywhere else in SA, goes to show that the Cape Town truly is non-racial.

  • Johan Kruger - 2011-05-16 12:55

    Go ladies go!!!

  • Kevin - 2011-05-16 12:57

    The interview of both candidates on carte blanche was quite an eye opener.Tony Ehrenreich portrays a millitant figure in the way he expresses his gameplan...with whites in general being the bullseye of his target.Having lived in Cape Town and worked the plain/wynberg/kenilworth/belville/grassypark amazed me to see the absolute jovial spirit that most coloureds portrayed.Those i worked with we're almost always humble and friendly...yet this man personifies hatred at the highest level.People of the WC do not allow this bitter person to command any position of authority in your carefully as he seems to be a person with a hidden agenda.

      Sho Fukamachi - 2011-05-16 13:32

      Tony must try his ways in a small town. He'll be donnered over and over again, and then run to Zuma for help and perhaps a quickie on his backseat.

  • alicia - 2011-05-16 13:08

    Dearest Mayor to be, Patricia de Lille. I am talking to everyone who comes to my shop. I talk to people in queues and on the street. Everyone I know is voting for the DA, and those that move down from Gauteng, virtually on a daily basis, too. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you, and with us, your people, who want you so very much. God be with you.

      mccia - 2011-05-16 13:23

      Do not use Gods name in vein. Just go out there and vote for DA

  • Kevin - 2011-05-16 13:17


      VM1 - 2011-05-16 13:29

      @Kevin Maybe you should study further than Econimics 101 before coming to make a comment here. Who is the 4 millin you are reffering to and who is the 49 million. ?

      Felix - 2011-05-16 13:49

      VM1, please give me your opinions on Adam Smith's invisible hand.

  • Jbird - 2011-05-16 13:43

    Since the DA came into power Cape Town has come out tops in all service delivery metrics and corruption has been eliminated (in only 5 years) and yet their are still people that want to vote for the ANC to govern Cape Town. Now that really surprises me.

      Albo - 2011-05-16 14:13

      It shouldn`t. Those are the people who have friends in the ANC and have been promised a job and a BMW if they win!!

      craig - 2011-05-16 15:03

      Its those ignorant low lives that want everything for free. Free passage to heaven, free yellow t shirt, free house etc.

  • Roger - 2011-05-16 13:43

    You guys are dreaming! Cape town will not go to the anc. ANC better watch out the people of South Africa are growing tired and expect more VOTES Going to the DA. ANC doesnt have one province or city it's running have given proper service delivery. The mere fact Anc doesnt disipline its own members when they found guilty coruption says everything. Go DA ! God Bless South Africa and all its people

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  • Carl Muller - 2011-05-16 13:52

    I like De Lille and she is the only reason why I might vote DA. OK, a few of my friends also stand for the DA.

  • Albo - 2011-05-16 14:00

    @ANCBlackDevil - Sure!! That name "Table Mountain" is the most racist collonial name that just highlights oppression whenever it`s looked at. How do you even manage to feed yourself everyday?

  • Elmarie - 2011-05-16 14:37

    DA we gonna rock and roll on wednesday im telling no doubt about that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lordstephen - 2011-05-16 14:57

    I'm not voting on policies or promises. Because let's face it, every party wants everyone to be rich and happy and they're all offering that. I am deciding on my party because I believe that they have the ability to actually do the job. If XYZ offers you the world, but can't even keep their own house clean, why are you wasting your time with them ? I'm voting DA not just because of their policies and plans... but because I believe they will actually knuckle down and get the work done.

  • mccia - 2011-05-16 14:59

    ANC must forget now about CT and focus in other cities where they have a clear cut win other than CT. Whites/coloureds have made up thier minds about blacks "ANC" - they will not respect anything from a black person...Klaar

  • John Bokyeni - 2011-05-16 15:18

    The ANC will unfortunately win again and we will be living under these deteriorating conditions as long as they do, however, I am confident the DA will sweep the Cape once again and hopefully the uneducated ANC majority will open their eye!!!!! GO DA GO!!

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  • antonfire - 2011-05-16 15:41

    I don't trust this Tony character. He can't even smile. On every poster his expression is of someone in pain trying to pass a kidney stone. What a drol!

      Cire - 2011-05-16 17:06

      I wouldn'e be smiling if I was about to get whopped either!

  • Aluicius Jones - 2011-05-16 15:45

    Hey Patricia - you go girl - VIVA DA...

  • Bacon - 2011-05-16 17:54

    Um... wasn't Patricia part of one of these coalitions?

  • farmworker - 2011-05-16 20:05

    I am voting ANC because 1. Even the madam knows. As long as we are still alive, the freedom will be defended 2. "I have not consulted the African people on the language issue and I'm not going to. An African might find that 'the big boss' only spoke Afrikaans or only spoke English. It would be to his advantage to know both languages". This will never happen in this life time

      longile - 2011-05-16 20:51

      @farmworker and sadly as long as you are alive, the ANC will continue to destroy your freedom, you deserve better and trust me the DA really are on your side

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