Zille borrows from famous Mandela speech

2011-05-14 17:33

Khayelitsha - Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille on Saturday told voters hers was the only party that could make Nelson Mandela's vision of a better life for all South Africans come true.

"We are the party that's been working hard to build Madiba's vision," she told a few thousand supporters in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats at the DA's last rally here before Wednesday's local government elections.

Zille quoted Mandela's famous speech from the Rivonia trial and said as he vowed to fight against both white and black domination, the DA was trying to unite South Africa and relieve poverty while the ANC played race politics.

"The DA vision is the same vision that Nelson Mandela had spoken about in that dock in the Rivonia trial," she said in a speech delivered in a mix of English, Xhosa, Afrikaans and Sotho phrases.

DA MPs Wilmot James and Lindiwe Masibuko also referred to Mandela's legacy, with James saying of the ruling party: "They are no longer building Mandela's dream."

"The ANC started Mandela's job but the ANC are slashing it."

Zille: 'It's close'

The DA chose to stage its final rally in the township where it suffered a public relations disaster for failing to enclose toilets.

On Sunday, the ANC will also hold its final Western Cape rally in Khayelitsha.

Zille received a warm welcome and danced with supporters at length after taking to the stage.

She hammered home the central campaign message that the DA "improves people's lives wherever we govern", while Cape Town mayoral candidate Patrica de Lille promised to deliver services to all "backyarders" if the party won an outright majority in the May 18 vote.

"If I win I will roll out services to all the people in our backyards," De Lille said.

She appealed to voters to come out in force in the city it has governed since 2006, adding that "the race is very close out there".

Zille agreed: "It's close."

She urged her supporters to go the polls, saying it was a race where every single vote counted as the DA tries to retain control of the Mother City.

Zille brushed off ANC mayoral candidate Tony Ehrenreich's remarks this week that he would want to work with the DA whether he wins the mayor's seat or not. "The ANC always wants to be in government whether it wins or loses. If you don't win, you cannot be in government," she said.

  • Tenielle Parker - 2011-05-14 18:00

    Go Helen Zille and the DA!!! You have proven how well you can run this country, just look at the Western Cape...the best province in South Africa...I truly hope that on March 18th, more South Africans will remember this when they are casting their votes. Vote for a party that can deliver!!

      Tenielle Parker - 2011-05-14 19:05

      Sorry I meant May :)

      VIC - 2011-05-16 16:33

      Who let the trolls out!!!

      Gorilla - 2011-05-16 17:08

      Mbuso "not a campaining platform" the elections are on Wednesday, what else would you call it?

  • peace_piece - 2011-05-14 18:43

    The ANC is a open wound - stop picking and fiddling with it in the hope that it'll get better! Get an ati-septic and a bandage - vote DA!!

      Mbuso - 2011-05-16 16:36

      he does want to be oppressed again...

  • M - 2011-05-14 19:01

    So why doesn't Tony Ehrenreich just join the DA, he has obviously seen the light. Oh, but perhaps the DA doesn't want him.

      World Traveler - 2011-05-14 21:38

      He can get knotted! Ehrenreich is trash!

  • Sheda Hab - 2011-05-14 19:22

    I suppose Madiba is one of the better leaders we had. Not the best - I could never fully support a leader who enforced abortion on our nation and then pretends to love children. Now following Chris Hani would make better sense to me.

      Mashudu Sioga - 2011-05-16 15:58

      Sheda, you are telling the truth as it is, i am black and like Mandela but the arbotion story i don't agree with it, it was wrong for him

  • Angazi - 2011-05-14 19:37

    @Tenielle Parker: just showd how confused you are!!! please just vote ANC, you will be saved

      Krolie - 2011-05-14 19:55

      Gaan kraak!

      World Traveler - 2011-05-14 21:40

      What you smoking?

      anglosaffer - 2011-05-14 22:43

      Angazi I hope you are trolling, as the country will not "benefit" any further by your mentality.

      johan - 2011-05-15 12:37


      Mbuso - 2011-05-16 16:25

      HE IS REALLY...

  • jjaver39 - 2011-05-14 19:42

    The best we can have in the Cape is that the DA together with FF+ plus another win the Cape. This is for keeping the DA in line and not follow in the steps of the ANC to do whatever they want. So all residents hoping to stay in the Cape ensure that you do not have to give way to the taxied-in voters!

      Blip - 2011-05-15 07:00

      Keep well away from the racist Afrikaner VF+

      gksa - 2011-05-15 12:00

      That is actually a terrible idea. Perhaps one day when the DA has truly overstepped (political parties always do, I guess) it will be a good one, but not now. The governance of Stellenbosch, just 50km away, has been a horror story with the municipality being handed from DA coalitions to ANC coalitions and back again. Every time someone in one of the minority parties don't get their way, they threaten to capsize the boat - and often do. In the meantime, nothing gets done, because all everyone is trying to do is keep all of their coalition partners happy. And every time the municipality changed hands, it was back to the drawing board, with all of the previous administrations plans thrown out. That is not the way to progress. Nevermind the fact that the major leadership positions usually get handed to the small "kingmaker" parties, thus actually subverting the majority of voters' choices. The ANC coalition in Stellenbosch gave the mayor and deputy mayor positions away to a small community activist group from the local informal settlement, who had neither the skills nor the moral compass for the job, and ended up being fired and charged with corruption.

      gksa - 2011-05-15 12:03

      (The story above all happened in Stellenbosch between the previous local elections and now, by the way. I don't think there was a single administration that lasted a full two years, even.)

  • Simpiwe Cele - 2011-05-14 20:12

    I would have to agree that this New ANC is a far cry from what Madiba wanted. The new ANC have moved so far away from what Madiba's dreams were and frankly I do see the DA as being closer to Madiba's views of a non racial , unified nation and freedom for all approach. I really don't think that Madiba ever envisioned the likes of Zuma and JuJu peddling their lies , installing incompetent friends , family and wasteful squandering of the tax payers monies. We really do need to get back on the path of righteousness and I believe the DA will do that ! Viva change

      Angazi - 2011-05-14 20:35

      hey baba uyagula manje, engathi uyakhohlwa ukuthi amabhunu asenzani. Yiwona lamabhunu ayenikeza amathuba kumabhunu akubo ngesikhathi ephethe, into eyenziwa yi ANC ayihlukile kubo. Wonke amapoliticians ayafana, VIVA ANC VIVA or VIVA all black gorvened Parties VIVA!

      Blip - 2011-05-15 07:01

      Black GORVERNED? Gor blimey!

      gksa - 2011-05-15 12:06

      @Angazi - It would be so refreshing if those who purport to represent the ANC stopped acting as if the ANC owns all black people. They don't, and it's actually insulting to black people to pretend that they do, if you think about it.

      KO - 2011-05-16 16:26

      So sad to read trash like this coming from a Cele, you should be ashamed of yourself.

      KO - 2011-05-16 16:27

      So sad to read something like this from someone that's supposed to be a Cele, shame on you.

      Mbuso - 2011-05-16 16:33

      Angazi, musa ukuzihlukumeza ibhunu leli likopishe igama lomuntu omunyama lisebenzisa lona laphinda labheda isipelingi.....nxh!!!

  • sainsaudi - 2011-05-14 21:26

    The ANC have gone a long way off track with this new Polokwane leadership. The South African Dream - the Madiba Dream - has been betrayed by grubby self-serving kakistocrats. The DA is keeping that dream alive. Angazi, shame on you! Your racist rhetoric entrenches the apartheid mentality that affects the post-Polokwane ANC.

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-14 21:37

    I will vote DA. It is not negotiable. No number of free t-shirts will change my mind! I look at the low level that the anc has taken the country to and say "only the DA can only take us UP!" I WILL VOTE DA!

  • Mbuso - 2011-05-16 16:23

    ZILLE IS REFERING TO TATA MANDELA'S SPEECHES NOW BECAUSE SHE REALLIES THAT HE A POWERFUL MAN &HE WILL ALWAYS BE....HE WILL ALSO DIE BEING ANC.........She hammered home the central campaign message that the DA "improves people's lives wherever we govern" WITHOUT TOILET DOORS?......COME 18 MAY 2011....VOTE ANC

      tanrack - 2011-05-16 16:34

      You don't want to vote for a party that tried to enclose 50 odd toilets temporarily, but you will vote for a party that left 1600 toilets open for the past 8 years and by proxy of the ANCYL tore down enclosures in the DA run area. Your reasoning does not make sense.

      Spade - 2011-05-16 16:35

      It is sad that Mr. Mandela will probably never see his dream of a united South Africa, and he will probably die knowing that with the current ANC, it can never be. A vote for the current ANC, is a vote for a bunch of selfish traitors, who care not for you, me nor Mr. Mandela.

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