Maimane visits Woodlands regarding by-elections

2017-03-21 13:02
DA leader Mmusi Maimane poses for pictures with party members in Woodlands on Monday.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane poses for pictures with party members in Woodlands on Monday. (Sabelo Nsele)

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If the ANC wins the hotly contested ward 32 by-election to be held next week, it will be a massive step backwards.

Speaking in Woodlands on Monday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the ward will never go to the ANC again.  

The two parties have been at each other’s throats since the then ward councillor, Clive Lotz, left the DA for the ANC, prompting the by-election.

Speaking during a street meeting, Maimane said: “The DA won this ward from the ANC, for the first time ever, in last year’s municipal elections. 

“This was a huge blow for the ANC, because they believe they have the right to govern forever here. 

“They don’t know how to handle defeats like these. And this is why we’re about to vote in by-elections here in Ward 32. 

“The desperate ANC couldn’t accept defeat and offered the DA councillor a job in the Speaker’s Office.

“They’re hoping that a by-election might produce different results to last year’s municipal election.

“But that can’t happen, as it would be a massive step backwards.

“If you’re serious about change, then you need to go to the polls and tell the ANC, again, that they’ve had their chance and they blew it.

“Ward 32 will not go back to the ANC. No matter how many times they intimidate and assault our activists here. No matter how many times they throw rocks and prevent us from canvassing,” he said.

ANC activists held their own canvassing event a few streets away from where the DA held theirs.

Maimane’s visit was part of the DA’s Change 19 national tour, the party’s precursor to the 2019 elections.

Maimane laid into the ANC government, saying it no longer puts the needs of South Africans first.

“For them, political power is only about personal enrichment. Every thing they do, every decision they make, is all about staying connected to the web of corruption.

“A caring government would never endanger the lives of 17 million vulnerable people by playing games with their social grants, like this ANC government has done.

“A caring government would never let more than 100 mental health patients die in the most horrific circumstances, the way this ANC government has done.

“Three years ago, to the day, I laid corruption charges against Jacob Zuma at the Nkandla police station. Today we’re told the matter is still with the NPA. In other words, they’ve done nothing and they don’t intend to [do anything],” he said.

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