Elections a turning point for SA - Zille

2011-05-18 08:44

Cape Town - Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said Wednesday's municipal elections were a turning point for South Africa, as she cast her ballot at St Paul's Anglican Church in Rondebosch, Cape Town.

"People are understanding that voting for a party means voting for what they are going to do for you for the next five years."

Zille said the DA was the only party that could undo the legacy of apartheid by delivering services to all, and accused the ANC of taking South Africa "back to division".

She scoffed at claims by the ANC mayoral candidate for Cape Town, Tony Ehrenreich, that his campaign had won coloured voters for the ruling party.

"We don't go into divisive racial categories," Zille said. "We are the most non-racial party."

She appealed to voters to come out en masse to give the DA another five years in control of the Western Cape.

After voting, Zille was to leave by private plane for Port Elizabeth and then Johannesburg to encourage voters to come to the polls.

She has claimed that the DA is close to winning Port Elizabeth.

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  • Lennox - 2011-05-18 09:04

    Folks in Gauteng,if the DA wins in Port Elizabeth prepare yourself for a major tremor because it will be felt all the way up there. Lithuli House will be the epicentre of the tremor if they take Jhb or Pta.

      The Wonderer - 2011-05-18 09:14

      I SO hope the DA takes it, will be awesome!!

      goldilocks - 2011-05-18 10:26

      @ANCBlackAngel Why does it give you such delight that South Africa will be worse off? That is the stupidity of voting based on colour - it just ignores the fact that a well-run municipality benefits ALL races. Your attitude is just a case of cutting off your nose to spite your face... and laughing while you do it, apparently.

      KomboKitten - 2011-05-18 10:36

      ag look another sheep farted on the ampage - anc go back to sleep you cant run a country, LOL!!!

      Slasher27 - 2011-05-18 11:36

      @ANCBlackDickhead, counting has not started yet.

      goldilocks - 2011-05-18 14:36

      @slasher and kombo - and other name callers - can you not keep it civil? Show some maturity.

  • Rastus - 2011-05-18 09:17

    Best of luck DA - if it does happen at least some of the money will be retained in the coffers!

  • Slapper - 2011-05-18 09:19

    Crunch time. Lets see if the electorate has finally woken up to the ANC?

      Blogmaster - 2011-05-18 10:21

      @ ANCBlackAngel . You are daydreaming as NO votes has been counted yet.

  • Snymenski - 2011-05-18 09:28

    The DA wont get my vote as long as it remains a haven and refuge for white racists.

      Wayne - 2011-05-18 09:35

      Another moron of the masses. You get what you vote for and your brothers will thank you for their open toilets..

      Ria - 2011-05-18 09:42

      only stupid people like you say such thing. wake up man, apartheid is gone but the anc keeps it alive to put fear in the people, haertbreaking that after 17yrs you stil so dumb to believe them!

      goldilocks - 2011-05-18 09:44

      Thought experiment. Let's assume what you say is correct and the DA is a "haven for white racists". Who is more damaging: a white person who on some emotional or historical bias level feels they are superior to a black person, but for practical purposes makes an effort to improve the lives of black people, or a black person whose inept policies keep millions of blacks impoverished? That is the ENTIRE point: actions speak louder than words. A well-functioning, effective government that is not plagued by corruption is ultimately going to do more for black people, EVEN IF that government has "white racists" in it.

      burtfred - 2011-05-18 09:49

      Which white racist in the DA are you referring to? Please name one.

      Fish ZA - 2011-05-18 09:50

      You are an idiot! The ANC advertise themselves as a non racist party and the likes of Melema contradict this! It's no longer about black, white, coloured, asian and indian! its about fair governance. They are CIVIL SERVANTS! The ANC deem themselves above this. They see it as we are there to provide the life they so long for! Rubbish! They work for us not us for them! I dare you to vote DA and make your ancestors turn in their graves! You are truly a moron!

      nem - 2011-05-18 10:02

      Snymenski,,,,you just dug your own hole,,,,just for the record here,,your opening statement is a race card,,,,,,i rest my case.

      False Belief - 2011-05-18 10:21

      and BEE is kosher way for fairness and equality!! seemed to have worked quite well.. we can see brother Julius has brainwashed another wasted individual.

  • 10111 - 2011-05-18 09:30

    Time for whites to take back the country. GO DA

      burtfred - 2011-05-18 09:48

      @10111 You've entirely missed the point. The DA does not stand for white supremacy and is not a party only of whites. With your racial attitude, I suggest you rather vote FF+ or ANC.

      10111 - 2011-05-18 09:59

      Oh, thats not what I see when I look at the posters, DA website, DA on twitter, the cadidate list, etc. I must be colour blind.

      Majik - 2011-05-18 11:38

      10111 is probably an anc supporter trying to stir the pot. Troll on the loose.

      @Tom - 2011-05-18 12:13

      you give white people a bad name! and if you thought the DA is for white people only you are sadly mistaken! The DA is the only part that is color blind!!! eish, you sound like an ANC supporter!! not cool!

  • Wayne - 2011-05-18 09:33

    The masses have finally had enough and are voting for change and not for pure emotion. I would think that the intimidation and threats to vote ANC would eventually wear thin after almost two decades of continuous abuse.

  • BigMoose - 2011-05-18 09:39

    Give the ANC a jolly good hiding!

  • Mart-MariĆ© - 2011-05-18 09:50

    Go out and vote people, every vote matters. South Africa needs this!!

  • Snymenski - 2011-05-18 10:04

    Maybe WAYNE some of us are not as moronic and paranoid as you are. Some of us have the intelligence and the experience to know that no matter what this present government does will never be as bad as what you and your racist fore-fathers and mothers did to us. VIVA ANC VIVA Away with Racist Whites VIVA.

      Fish ZA - 2011-05-18 10:09

      Another idiotic comment! Don't you know when to stop?

      jiksaw - 2011-05-18 10:28

      The most ferocious of all our time, boers!! Vote them and you are a dead black man. No matter what the ANC does, it is 1000000000000000000000000% better than what the racist boers did to black people here, that was a bad example and for sure no one (black) wants to go back to or near a situation like that.

      Wayne - 2011-05-18 10:31

      Whatever blows your hair back. I will still have the last laugh and you will still have to accept that those walls and doors on those toilets will never be built. Fact.

      RandomName - 2011-05-18 10:38

      Testing my news24 login

  • Dorothy - 2011-05-18 10:16

    I went to vote this morning at the Bellaire school in Durban I have to look for transport the only one I could get was leaving At 6:15 am. Not once did the electorial assistants walk down along the ques to see if we were in the correct voting area. After reaching the so called entrans after 3 hours 6 couples were turned away to go totheir new voting station it was not advertised that you have to vote in certian areas. But it shows you they do not really need our votes so I will never make the effort again to Vote

      Blogmaster - 2011-05-18 10:24

      You should KNOW where to vote.

      Slasher27 - 2011-05-18 11:40

      thats your own fault, don't blame others.

      Emily - 2011-05-18 12:43

      One or two couples were also redirected from St. Geran playschool on the Bluff. they have been voting there for years, have not moved, but now have to vote at a different venue. Who knows why, perhaps IEC mistake. Do not lose heart and you are crazy if this makes you not vote ever again.

      Janine - 2011-05-18 21:46

      These are municipal elections - hence you need to vote in your municipality. They have been repeating this on radio stations etc for the last 2 weeks at least so I really can't understand how you didn't know this.

  • pompie1 - 2011-05-18 10:27

    I agree, this election should be an indicator of things to come in future. If the masses still blindly vote for the ANC despite all the corruption, crime, hate speech, racism, arrogance, threats, poor service delivery, etc. then this country is in freefall towards total destruction and there is no hope.

  • Dave - 2011-05-18 10:28

    Talk about racism in reverse, their comments prove it I'm referring to the idiots Snymenski and ANCBlackAngel, I wonder if they are aware that their hate and fear of white supremacy is part of the Malema indoctrination plan gone right, and are too dof to realise it?

  • Dave - 2011-05-18 10:33

    Here is the deal, let the ANC win this elaction and the next 5, OK, then when the country is so f#@$%#^ the coloniasts return, and colonise the country again, there will be no resistance, no army, schools, roads, hospitals, police force, educated population, and a half starved population, etc, it will be a walk over, then we rebuild it the way the coloniast did in America and Australia, cull the dead wood and move on, good idea huh?

      AmbercrestBB - 2011-05-18 16:11

      @Dave. I will probably be dead after the next 5 elections. Not prepared to wait that long. NOW is the time to change!

  • Froginnablen - 2011-05-18 11:03

    Has anyone asked how independent the IEC will prove to be - especially if The DA makes some significant gains? If the ANC can rid themselves of the Scorpions how easy will it be to pressure the IEC to 'massage' unfavourable election results?

  • Scott - 2011-05-18 11:50

    I am writing from Australia to give a different perspective. Until recently, the State of New South Wales was led by an ALP (nominally socialist/worker's party) since 1995 (and the ANC, coincidentally, has been in since 1994). After winning the Sydney Olympics, everything went downhill badly - politicians began to act as though they owned their seats, and that the people were lucky to have them. In the meantime they did nothing but fill their own pockets, secure jobs for their friends, and cause any number of scandals ranging from sexual abuse through to drug use. This was only possible because the Liberal (conservative) Opposition was so weak and divided. However, since 2007 the Liberals finally got their act together, and were able to outline positive policies, and hammer the ALP on the endless corruption that occured. The result in the 2011 election was that areas which had been held by Labour for over 100years voted for the Opposition in large numbers - and a 17% swing was recorded across NSW. No government in a democracy will stay fresh or focused upon people's problems without a strong Opposition to bite them when they spend too much, or propose ridiculous ideas. I ask South Africans to keep this in mind as they vote today.

  • @Tom - 2011-05-18 12:10

    A fresh breeze is a very good thing for any democracy! Even if the DA doesn't win, if they become a stronger opposition party thats great!! A majority win is not good for a democracy!!

  • Louis - 2011-05-18 13:07

    DA will take the world by hand and make it the best place to be.....

  • AmbercrestBB - 2011-05-18 16:05

    I want the DA to take KZN! I would also love to live in an area where services are actually delivered!

  • Jinjaa - 2011-05-19 08:15

    Some people's comments make me very sad. I really don't understand how anyone can think that there will ever be a return to apartheid. Apartheid is over and it's not coming back. The DA is a party full of members of all shapes, colours, genders, sizes and sexual persuasions. This is why the historically most liberal and forward-thinking city (Cape Town)is the place in which the DA get the highest percentage of votes. The ANC is the only party still harping on about race as the fear and suspicion it still instills in some people is the only way that the ANC can still win votes. Please think about these things, so you can be a progressive, intelligent and informed citizen rather than a fearful tool to be used by the ANC.

  • Mark-Shaun - 2011-05-19 12:09

    My Black Co-workers told me once 'we wil never vote for a white party, we dont care wether the ANC steals money or ruin the country as long as SA is not run by a white patry',,how sad..VIVA DA VIA!!!!!!

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