Opposition locked out

2015-10-07 06:00
MMUSI MAIMANE, DA leader, addressing people during an event held in Bohlokong, Bethlehem, as part of the party’s Vision 2029 tour.

MMUSI MAIMANE, DA leader, addressing people during an event held in Bohlokong, Bethlehem, as part of the party’s Vision 2029 tour.

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BOHLOKONG. – A locksmith was summoned by fuming members of the DA to open the Bohlokong New Community Hall on Sunday (04/10) for an event held in Bohlokong, Bethlehem, as part of the party’s Vision 2029 tour.

Apparently the DA had booked the hall at the Dihlabeng Local Municipality for the event, but representatives of the party were not given the keys on Friday (03/10) when they wanted to decorate the hall.

Vision 2029 is the DA’s programme of action for building a better South Africa through ten years of a national DA government, from 2019 to 2029. It is also an expansion of the party’s Values Charter, based on freedom, fairness and opportunity.

Allegedly the DA members were told that the person who was responsible for handing over the key was on leave.

However, that did not make a difference to the supporters in blue and white, as they found other means of getting into the hall.

Patricia Kopane, leader of the DA in the Free State, said that they were disappointed with what the municipality had done.

She said they had opened the hall, because it belonged to the people, not to the ANC.

“With or without permission, the DA will use every facility that they want to use. The Free State people have heard enough and they want change,” Kopane said.

“They are doing this because they are under pressure, they are feeling the heat.”

Kopane has urged hundreds of people to “stop listening to the lies of Ace Magashule, Free State premier, who thinks he is a God. People do not have jobs, but they spend millions on catering and celebrations. The time has arrived to vote Magashule’s administration out. The DA is the only party that will save the country.”

Mmusi Maimane, DA leader, has warned that the ANC would not oppress people forever. He said one of these days they would fall.

“Pharaoh, Verwoerd and others have fallen. So the ANC shall fall also. Our people are fed-up with what the ANC is doing. They want jobs, education and other things, not corruption,” Mainame said.

“As the DA, we don’t promote corrupt officials, we take them to jail, unlike the ruling party. If the president is corrupt, how do you expect the premiers to be clean?” He concluded by requesting those in attendance to do the right thing during the elections by voting the ANC out of the parliament.

Tshediso Maitse of the Marketing and Communication Unit at the Dihlabeng Local Municipality confirmed that the Democratic Alliance did book the New Hall in Bohlokong for use on Sunday.

“The day prior to the DA event the venue hosted yet another important event and the municipal employees had to work overtime to ensure that the hall was cleaned and seats arranged properly for the DA event.

“Upon completion of the work, one of the cleaning staff left the bundle of keys of the hall complex in the supervisor’s office, but forgot to make the supervisor aware. It is understandable, since everybody was tired after the day’s work. The supervisor locked the keys in his office,” he said.

He said the discovery of the missing key had only been made when the DA was about to occupy the hall and by then the supervisor was hundreds of kilometres away from Bethlehem attending to important family matters.

“The municipality would like to sincerely apologise to the DA for the inconvenience caused,” Maitse said

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