Maimane says hard work ahead to win Metro, sidesteps talks of coalition

2015-09-12 18:09
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Port Elizabeth - The DA realises that it has a fight on its hands to win the Nelson Mandela Bay in next year's elections.

This is according to party leader Mmusi Maimane who was addressing thousands of DA supporters at the Donkin Memorial in the city centre who had come out to the launch of the Athol Trollip's mayoral campaign.

Maimane said the ANC realised that they were under pressure in Nelson Mandela Bay and would be campaigning hard to keep the Metro.

"That is why they had to import a part time mayor, but you can't put people such as Danny Jordaan ahead of the people," he said.

Maimane said the ANC would want to hold onto their power, but the people had the right to vote for change.

"They are not going to give us the city on a tray, we must take it," he said.

Maimane said DA supporters needed to come out in their numbers and get their friends and families to vote in the upcoming election next year.

"We are saying to them 'We are coming, start packing your bags'," he said to loud applause and cheers from the crowd.

He said the Metro was a strategic city in the party's overall vision.


The Mandela Bay elections are expected to be a tightly contested, with many saying that it will in fact be the smaller political parties such as the Economic Freedom Fighters who would be the king makers based on a coalition government.

Asked during the press conference after the launch if he would consider a coalition, Maimane said he was loathe to talk about coalitions.

"We need to go out and win," he said. "Trollip needs to win the majority."

Pressed on whether the DA would consider a coalition with a party such as the EFF, Maimane said any coalition would need to adhere to the four principals of the party, which were non-racialism, professionalism, the rule of law and a market based economy.

"All negotiations would need to be underpinned by these principles," he said.

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