AS IT HAPPENED: 'We need change and we need it now' - DA's Maimane

2019-02-23 09:29

The Democratic Alliance (DA) launches their manifesto on Saturday at Rand Stadium in Johannesburg.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

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Maimane concludes the DA's election manifesto.

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#DAManifesto people are leaving the stadium as Maimane goes on with his speech. Maybe the heat is to blame or they seem to have no interest. 

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Maimane: Fellow South Africans, at first we must be liberated, but then comes a time when we must liberate ourselves from the liberators.

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Maimane: We said we'd be in government in Johannesburg. They said we couldn't do it. But here we are today, and Johannesburg is blue. Change is coming. We did it before, and we'll do it again.

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Mmusi Maimane now takes centre stage and begins his address.

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The National Anthem is now being sung.

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Mmusi Maimane receives a warm welcome at the Rand Stadium.

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DA leader Mmusi Maimane is now introduced as "the next President of South Africa".

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Solly Msimanga: The people of this province have been struggling due to the impact of corruption.

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Msimanga says this province should be one where people realise that "indeed possibilities are alive".

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Chief Whip in the National Assembly John Steenhuisen: With almost 10 million of our people unemployed, the DA is the only party with ideas for creating a conducive economic environment for jobs to get South Africans back to work.

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Trollip: We will eradicate corruption in all its forms - by sending criminals to prison not to parliament. We will grow our economy to create jobs and we will ensure that at least one person in every home in our country has a job.

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Trollip says the DA is the only party which is able op create jobs is the DA, stating the Western Cape is a perfect example.

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Federal Leader Athol Trollip is now on stage: Where we govern, we govern well, and we govern better than any of our competitors.

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Herman Mashaba: The change we are delivering in Johannesburg can be achieved everywhere in our country.

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DA says it is ready to govern as supporters gather for manifesto launch

The DA said it is ready to govern South Africa, and its readiness will be reflected in the manifesto the party is launching on Saturday at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg.

The party said that it expects no less than 20 000 people to attend the launch, which will be addressed by leader Mmusi Maimane.

Scores of people began filling up the stands on Saturday morning, with music entertaining them ahead of the commencement of the official programme.

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Moody says that the manifesto is extracted from the party's successes in the areas in which the DA governs, and says that should play a role in ensuring that people vote for change.

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Gauteng leader John Moody says SA citizens should expect employment and  human rights to feature immensely in the manifesto, and assures that the party will takeover Gauteng come May elections.

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