DA nets ex-ANC premier Balindlela

2012-11-13 14:15

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance scored a significant political victory on Tuesday, winning the support of a former senior member of the African National Congress.

The DA announced the defection of Nosimo Balindlela, formerly of the ANC's top council.

Balindlela was also the premier of the Eastern Cape - an ANC stronghold and the home of Nelson Mandela.

"I have taken this step because I do believe the DA is the future," Balindlela told reporters.

Evoking the names of ANC giants Oliver Tambo and Mandela, she told journalists that South Africa was not the country they had imagined.

"This is not what they wanted us to be. They wanted to make sure that racism is finished in South Africa and it is very sad that we are still on that tag of racism."

While Balindlela is no longer considered a major player in South African politics, her defection will be a blow to the already underfire ANC.

It will also provide a boost to the DA, which has often struggled to win over black voters.

Balindlela was pushed from her post as Eastern Cape leader in 2008 after her province opposed Jacob Zuma's successful bid to oust Thabo Mbeki from the presidency.

She later joined the Congress of the People that split from the ANC four years ago.

DA leader Helen Zille lauded the move.

"Many of us understand that our future lies in transcending these obsolete political formations. But it takes a courageous person to be among the first to show the way to others."

  • werner.nel.712 - 2012-11-13 14:18

    So it starts

      jono.qmann - 2012-11-13 14:25

      i just hope she is not a double agent and that she is really part of the DA because she wants to be and because she really believes in the Zil attack on the ANC!!! HZ for president! DA!!!!!!!!!!!

      adriaan.kuppens - 2012-11-13 14:28

      Will the DA be taking in the ANC rejects?

      Thandeka2Luv - 2012-11-13 14:28

      Talking about media and DA.... Headlining backpage news. We have serious stuff going on int this country strike in the Western Cape farms and mines, Mining strikes and also House demolitions in Lanesia.!!

      matshobana.siziba - 2012-11-13 14:41

      Great move. She'll influence so many black voters who have been brainwashed by the ANC's cheap racist propaganda that any political party is an enemy of the state. DA may not be 100% but I believe its the best alternative so far.

      peter.ndamase - 2012-11-13 14:43

      The rejects will be DA's downfall. Nosimo is quick to jump ship, like she did with COPE. It's a matter of time before she goes back to the ANC should Kgalema win at mangaung. DA is strong enough to take on ANC, without politician jumping ship.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-11-13 14:57

      Zille must watch her like a hawk.Political prostitutes are a dangerous kind.She must not be given any top position in the DA as her past record is nothing to be proud of.She looted the eastern cape dry with here cronies so i will never trust her.Watch out Zille,be careful who you let into your home.

      stefans.mkhawane - 2012-11-13 14:57

      How is this a blow to the ANC? She was no longer a member of the ANC, she left the party in 2009 after being kicked out as a premier because of he incompetence. I do not see how will the DA benefit from someone who did not even change the lives of the people of the Eastern Cape. She actually made the number of "refugees"flowing to the Western Cape worse. As a Cope member they failed to dent the ANC in the Eastern Cape and Nationally. She will be a deficit to the DA.

      patrick.mbense - 2012-11-13 15:00

      @Thandeka. You a fool. The reason we have strikes and houses been knocked down in Lanesia is becasue this ANC corrupt government has done nothing to improve things. Imagine the amount of low cost housing that could be built with Zumas money for the upgrade for his house. I agree farm workers get paid too little but this is something the ANC should have dealt with long ago and not wait until an uprising! POOR LEADERSHIP!!!!!

      shaun.mossop.3 - 2012-11-13 15:09

      @Thandeka2Luv people are tied of all the trouble. Can we have some good news reads, Why does all the crime and ANC cause always have the front page.

      shaun.mossop.3 - 2012-11-13 15:10

      @Ditantane .... Tool!

      lungelo.yili - 2012-11-13 15:17

      she used to push great work in the ec. but like all that try progress in the EC she was recalled. we cant have anyone standing in the path of the gravy train here. she tried to assist me and some mates to implement a funded ICT project. it was rejected only to be tried by a public official. she's a worker.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-13 15:35

      Come 2014, we are ready for change.

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-11-13 15:39

      So the article is misleading. She comes over from cope. DAmn News 24.

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-13 15:41

      @Omo, i think the DA has done the work, before they took her on as a DA of importance. The DA don't employ buddies like the ANC, they employ capable people.

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-11-13 16:29

      well done first mole in COPE way here we come.

      handy.andy.3990 - 2012-11-13 16:55

      Andre - the fact that she is unknown is a good thing. When last have you heard an ANC member being associated with a good story?

      erich.goosen - 2012-11-13 17:08

      It just shows you a leopard and a guinea fowl can change spots.

      makgale.makgalemele - 2012-11-13 18:00

      @Patric.mpense and others responding like him. Bra Pat, some of us ran away from ANC because of the vulgar words they use during debates. Once they differ with others, they label them foolish like you are doing to thandeka. You have'nt even put her thru psycometric test, but you have intelligence to attribute foolishness to her comments. Aaag man deal with the issues on this page not Thandi as a person. Let us build each other to help build a better SA.

      uwe.merkle.5 - 2012-11-14 09:27

      @blackyoungandangry you madam, are a racist and an idiot.

      jono.qmann - 2012-11-14 09:51

      @blackyoungandangry-andakorky --- and you shall forever suffer under your ANC party whom loots you of your monies you should receive that we whites/working and respected non whites pay! So keep supporting the corupt and we shall not show any sympathy to you and your fellow sufferers!!!

      John - 2012-11-14 10:30

      Blackdung&angry , you seem to have a massive chip on your shoulder , would you like some dip to go with it???

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-14 10:59

      Blackyoungandangry. We really can't solve your racial problem. So grow up or take a hike.

      uwe.merkle.5 - 2012-11-14 11:20

      @mathaithai, its ignorance like yours that is holding this awesome country back. pull your head out of the sand and have a REAL look at what your beloved ANC is up to.

      swanepoel1 - 2012-11-14 12:26

      Welcome Nosimo :-)

      John - 2012-11-14 12:34

      Mathaithai the chip on your shoulder is rivaling that of Blackdung&angry's , could I interest you in some dip as well , I've just made a fresh batch??

      punungwe - 2012-11-14 18:11

      I promise you one day Juju will be the Madam's teaboy!!!!!

  • junebugg.kinte - 2012-11-13 14:21

    This is one of the most incompetent people in the history of the Government, The DA does not need this woman. she is better off in the ANC!!! Its not a gain, its a loss.

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-11-13 14:29

      It will gain votes so no it's a gain.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-13 14:29

      Give the woman time to grow man. At least praise her for realising the ANC and its vision as a early 20th century 'Movement' is obsolete.

      asdhasgd - 2012-11-13 14:32

      Yeah cause i mean the WC has a better education system then the ANC, the WC has less crime, corruption, has cleaner areas...the ANC is the way to go... yay... -_-

      bambanani.mdzimba - 2012-11-13 14:33

      the DA just like incompetent people.

      kingkongVB - 2012-11-13 14:36

      With the right guidance she can become grate. Anyone can belong to the DA does not mean all of them are automatically outstanding citizen or leaders. The second you thing DA is grate then you become complacent. I see the DA as a party moving FWD with the right integrity. A party that can and will change the face of South Africa

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-13 14:55

      Yeah, Bambi, that's what the ANC's 2011 census is telling us, hey?

      Cameron - 2012-11-13 14:58

      bambanani.mdzimba - I take it u vote for the "competent" ANC??? lol

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-13 15:07

      @gambanani, nobody is more incompetent than the ANC so your point makes no sense.

      shaun.mossop.3 - 2012-11-13 15:12

      Here leaving ANC to join DA show's that she has a brain, and there cant be to many brains left in the ANC.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-13 15:41

      Its clear the ANC supporters are concern that she joined DA, hence the name calling.

      Alien42063 - 2012-11-14 07:36

      Actually if you read of what this woman has accomplished in the ANC, she is a HUGE gain. She thinks like DA. She exposes corruption etc and is efficient and accomplishes stuff. Do some research and you will find the facts :)

      uwe.merkle.5 - 2012-11-14 14:30

      @blackDOM&angry WTF? You look like a decent young woman? Stop being a fool.

      Bobbycat - 2012-11-15 04:56

      Read the ANC press release, they call her the "least effective", and a political liability. The ANC has gone and set the bar pretty low on this one. So what if Balindlela thrives in the DA and does even mediocre things? What is she excels? Does that mean that the ANC is a toxic environment for performance? Sounds like it to me. Here's hoping for good press and good results from Nosimo Balindlela.

  • marc.rule - 2012-11-13 14:22

    lets wait and see!

  • elspeth.hassall - 2012-11-13 14:23

    Welcome on board, Nosimo!

      brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-11-14 08:29

      @blackyoungandstupid, you need to sit down before you hurt yourself buddy, all that ranting and raving is going to give you a stroke (which may not be a bad thing) Now go make yourself a nice cup of STFU and chill a little.

  • monique.jackson0 - 2012-11-13 14:23

    And so it begins! Nosimo Balindlela speaks the truth! Let's hope the rest of the ANC wakes up soon and follows lead. VIVA DA! VIVA!

  • Jacques - 2012-11-13 14:23

    Like a sandcastle watching the tide come in, each new wave edging a little closer to the fragile foundations of the once invincible walls...

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-13 14:23

    As long as he does not switch again, like some of his buddies.

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-11-13 14:32


      larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-13 14:58

      My Bad.

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-11-13 15:18

      ;-) - 2012-11-13 16:30

      thats funny right there!!

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-11-13 14:24

    Martinus van schalkvyk defetected to the ANC some years ago and that didnot translate into white votes for the ANC

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-13 14:33

      No, because Marthinus did it for the wrong reasons. It's funny how you ANC dimwits lambast the DA for growing in black support and at the same time you tell everyone how racist they are, while YOU have the former National Party WITHIN YOUR RANKINGS. You are aware that the DA was the only 'white' party OPPOSED to apartheid in its SAP and PFP days?

      raath - 2012-11-13 14:43

      Van Schalkwyk defected because he has no spine.

      omge.klits - 2012-11-13 14:44

      Government should more correctly be referred to as the ANC/NP cronyistski's in alliance with the SACP/COSATU

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-11-13 14:51

      Thobile got a point there...which supporters would actually change their vote for this woman? She went from ANC to COPE now DA?? I think she also has no spine, just moving around looking for a Gravy train.

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-13 15:08

      She was fired being against the dismissal of Mbeki - for no other reason. How could zoooomer keep her as a premier after he was elected president.

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-11-13 22:27

      They weren't as stupid as kort broek

      brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-11-14 08:31

      I think 'blackie' just learnt how to copy and paste.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-14 11:05

      Thobile Lugwadu. We are not as stupid as Kort broek Van Schalkwyk. If needs be he will be no broek if that will bring him money.

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-11-13 14:24

    Welcome Mam! :) Together we can!

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-11-13 14:25

    Come on Trevor Make the MOVE man please I can not for one minute belief you support the current ANC !!!!!!!

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-13 14:34

      Trevor and several other 'bigshots' will join the DA soon. In fact, based on votes in parliament on several contentious issues, several ANC people have already supported the DA and other parties - something they shouldn't do - or rather, something they should be allowed to do in a real democracy, but something which the ANC despises.

      raath - 2012-11-13 14:45

      Each person has a saturation point, where the number of issues grating them outnumber the things which make them stay. It is at that point where people go "I had enough" and when their eyes open, and they make a change.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-13 14:46

      YAY!!!! she is awesome. I had a great day with her recently, she lives in Stutterheim. Articulate, committed and a fighter of great proportions. She really does mourn the real mission of the ANC and her belief in the community is a million fold. She does so many good deeds in the village, a simple, tiny farm, with some fat cattle, she farms vegetables and shares them with everyone. Oh wow!!!

      tebogo.mabe.56 - 2012-11-13 15:06

      I concur Chris!

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-13 15:20

      Thanks Yaya for the insight. I do not actually know her, but by the sound of it she is a peoples person, great!!!!

      mzwa.mthombeni - 2012-11-13 17:17

      Lol!! Are you mad? Clearly riddled with wishful thinking! Trevor Manuel to be a shadow minister?

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-11-13 14:26

    Poor COPE.

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-11-13 14:33

      Cope will join shortly too...slowly but surely the anc is collapsing!

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-11-13 14:50

      Indeed! They lose a member but no-one sympathises with them, instead the ANC takes all the 'credit'.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-13 15:03

      They're not really losing just a member. They are losing stronghold wards all over the country. And they will lose Gauteng in 2014. The DA is biting them in the ass with real service delivery. To the ANC, changing streetnames is 'service delivery'. They admitted here in Tshwane the MOST IMPORTANT REASON for changing Pretoria's name, is to 'report to Mangaung about transformation'. That's superficial. At least while 1.4 million people in the very Tshwane area are STILL waiting for water, electriticy and housing after 18 years. To the DA, running a municipality, is 'service delivery'. People will start talking, sooner than later.

      werner.pretorius.12 - 2012-11-13 23:30

      Dewald in BFN het jou liewe DA saam met die ANC gestem vir die nuwe ANC straatname. Bel hulle bietjie en vertel hul hoe stupid was dit. Ek het hul ook gebel, maar die ontvangsdamne kon nie my taal verstaan nie.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-14 06:26

      Alle partye doen iewers iets waarvan mens nie hou nie. Die punt is dat die DA beter REGEER as die ANC. Ek kom pas uit Kaapstad, wat my laat besef het hoeveel jare agteruit die res van die land onder die ANC boer. My politieke filosofie is dus: Raak EERS van die ANC ontslae, dan baklei jy oor die res.

  • jacovniek - 2012-11-13 14:26

    Every ANC vote turned DA is a win...

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-13 15:05

      Not only that, every disgruntled ANC member that abstains from voting, is a win. Not only for the DA, but for the country.

      werner.pretorius.12 - 2012-11-13 23:27

      Dr sparky probleem is net jy raak te gou bly. Die vrou het in die vorige verkiesing Cope gestem. Eks jammer om jou bubble te bars maar die DA is een cope stem ryker.

  • kaapse.snaai - 2012-11-13 14:28

    BAd Bad Move. This is the same woman who presided over the most severe looting of EC coffers this country has ever seen. The current state of affairs in the EC is the result of her looting and that of her ANC cronies. Bad Move Zee

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-13 15:05

      Did she and only she make the decisions? Did the ANC even TOLERATE resistance from within its ranks? NO!

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-13 15:12

      Reliable references, plz.

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      james.harold.946 - 2012-11-13 14:39

      All of the Politicians in the ANC are failed Politicians. Look at our country and tell me i am wrong.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-13 15:07

      That's why she's joining a party with vision. She admitted to herself that she's been with a 'movement' without ANY ideas what it would do or how it would run a country without the words 'apartheid', 'past', 'black', 'white', 'racist'. That's a bold move, indeed.

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-13 15:13

      Failed politcian ....? Why?

  • tholakele.mngadi.3 - 2012-11-13 14:29

    Pretty Clever @Nosimo Balindlela. Well chosen Retirement Home. I'm sure @ the old age home they will provide you with TEA in the morning. You should have taken Mosioa Lekota with you though

      raath - 2012-11-13 14:47

      She can relax in said "retirement home", where most of the ANC politicians need to relax in prison.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-13 15:08

      Sour grapes. Because the elders are realising their mistakes. The youngsters still need to stamp their koppe.

      mondli.dlomo.73 - 2012-11-13 18:07

      100% correct Thola

  • Bongani - 2012-11-13 14:31

    Nosimo is a former member of cope. She left ANC long time ago

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-13 15:08

      Lifelong member of the ANC BEFORE joining Cope. Remember when COPE was established?

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-13 15:13


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  • tholakele.mngadi.3 - 2012-11-13 14:33

    To those that are not familiar with SA Politics, Balindlela is not a 'big weight'. She was Eastern Cape premier. Now look at the condition of that province. She won't add any value trust me. She was appointed as Premier so that Pres. Thabo Mbeki could push the agenda of Women representativeness. She has never said anything political in her entire life.

      raath - 2012-11-13 14:48

      So you're saying she isn't as fat as most ANC "politicians"? Rather not do anything political than be a bumbling fat-ass idiot like the current showering buffoon.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-13 14:50

      She was over run by hard assed, big mouthed men!!!! When she left Bisho, she tried for years to excite the Stutterheim municiplaity to gather 'work-ethics' but was so frustrated by all the mish mash of politics. She is dearly loved, and used work so hard for tourism.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-13 15:10

      If a premier isn't a big wig, why the fuss from ANC ranks with the Western Cape's premier? Because she's shaming the whole of South Africa. The DA's built more houses and given more people water and electricity in Kaya and Langa in 10 years proportionally to demographics than the ANC in any other province in 18 years. The stats (collected and compiled by ANC controlled Stats SA) speak for themselves.

      rohann.geldenhuys - 2012-11-13 18:00

      What do you mean by anything political? Seriously, so you were with her 24/7/365 from the day she was born. Public offices was not created for political agendas, thus if she never used the office to promote politics she should be respected for that.

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-14 09:16

      True! She is quite insignificant and might not even persuade her family to vote for DA! Fact COPE has lost its support base, 2014 election will prove this, the woman is just being proactive.Saving her job for the future!

  • jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-11-13 14:34

    I have long argued that the DA needs to be preparing for black leadership, at this stage in our history a white leader just looks like a plan to return SA to white control. If we had credible and competent black leadership i.e. Mazibuko or Thuli - there will be massive defections from the ANC. Middle class black people, whom JZ calls clever blacks, are as sick and tired of the ANC and its thugs and thieves as most of us are.

      Bobbycat - 2012-11-13 14:47

      Hi Jeremy, I understand some people think this. But why can't people see that in a democracy with a black majority - it is impossible to return the country to white control. It seems to me this basic truth is overlooked when seeing a party with a white person at the front and instead replaced by an irrational fear of returning to apartheid.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-13 15:17

      I get what you are saying Jeremy but people who truly believe in a free and fair democracy should know that the DA NEVER supported apartheid and was the only so called "white" party fighting for freedom for all. People isn't this what we all want? I don't care who runs the DA, a white or a black person, as long as they fight for all citizens of SA.

      hilton.baartman - 2012-11-13 15:28

      Jeremy is right Bobbycat and Talana. That is the reality, whether right or wrong, most black people are too 'scared' to switch since they feel the party is still 'white controlled' and for as long as that remains, they won't switch. That's the harsh reality of our voter landscape and racial background.

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-14 11:45

      So Thuli is DA! Long suspected, funny the truth has its way of getting out!

  • niel.phillips.7 - 2012-11-13 14:35

    nog 'n vettie vir die DA

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-13 15:22

      ...............toevallig nie. Dunner as party mans wat toevallig OOK by die anc trogbakke vreet!!

      rohann.geldenhuys - 2012-11-13 18:09

      Rocky, ek dink wat Neil bedoel is dat engige swart persoon in die DA, insluitended, Lindiwe Mazibuku gereeld as 'n vettie beskryf word. Dink dis maar sarkasme. Ek kan ook verkeerd wees. Maar ongelukkig kan die ANC lede nie beter argumente uit dink nie.

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-13 21:03

      rohann..... ek lees 'n sterk vermoede van (negatiewe) sarkasme in sy bydrae.

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-14 08:45

      What now with this pork language! Do we really need another June 16 here!

      george.mnisi.31 - 2012-11-14 11:29

      White stupidity. If you want to chat in ur own language don't do it in a public space. Mi ta Nya!

      uwe.merkle.5 - 2012-11-14 14:33

      Morris & Mpaketsane, both of you STFU! Racist c*nts! smh

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-13 14:36

    Couldn't agree more... well done for making the right choice! I'm sure the dearly departed would nod their approval as the movement they knew is no more & visions are polarised! Mbeki did warn upfront of "Beware of the cult of the personality" and that's all the current ruling party upholds, nothing else matters. Now RSA is going to become very interesting ... watch this space ;) - 2012-11-13 14:54

      I also congratulate her for the right choice. She will able to finish racism within the DA.

      debduplessis - 2012-11-13 15:49

      I agree kokwana... she can sort out the racism that the ANC has worked very hard at instilling since the start of the Zuma regime --- now she is correctly positioned to oppose their motions!

  • frankie.dionisio - 2012-11-13 14:37

    Give her a BELLS!!!

      tholakele.mngadi.3 - 2012-11-13 14:39

      Lol that is the language she knows trust me. I think even now she is not sobber.......

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-13 15:30

      ilintogomane, why are you so nasty. I hope your eyes will open, rather sooner than later. This is democracy at work.....Democracy knows NO colour, democracy knows no gender. DEMOCRACY: a. government by the people; b: a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.

      werner.pretorius.12 - 2012-11-13 23:22

      Ja nee kyk enige iemand wat by die DA aansluit moet onder die invloed van Bells wees of gaan dit spoedig dringend nodig hë.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-11-13 14:39

    Another political reject and an irrelevant light weight that is driven by sheer politics of the stomachs. We all know it’s cold out there and Cope cellars are drying up. The DA might want to ask her about why they have "refugees" from the Eastern Cape? She will know best because she created that problem. All we can do is to wish them good luck!

      Cameron - 2012-11-13 15:01

      LOL!! PLease enlighten me to how she created the education stuff up in the EC. Last time i checked it was the cANCer that runs EC...

  • jeremy.thewasp - 2012-11-13 14:39

    ANC Voter "Please - I would like to buy a brain" 'Here you go, welcome to the DA" ANC - Your people are starting to see through your lies and deceit

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-11-13 14:40

    Me thought the defector would be from the ANC, not COPE. Talk about a storm in a tea cup.

  • lungie.dube.3 - 2012-11-13 14:41

    Why don't u say 'DA nets major COPE player'? She's no longer an ANC member,,,so u think u can score against ANC bcoz of that? Poor thinking

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-13 15:34

      she was a premier under the anc............that is a pretty high position in SA, so obviously a newspaper will put more emphasis on the position she held

      Msika - 2012-11-14 07:37

      Both of you are correct.

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-14 09:25

      This is a deliberate misinterpretaion of the facts! The story without ANC/Zuma has no weight!

  • bonginkosi.sibasa - 2012-11-13 14:42

    Point of correction this woman was nolonger with the ANC, she joined Cope after she was removed as a Premier of Eastern Cape. She is one confused molecule

      jeremy.thewasp - 2012-11-13 14:55

      Just like you! except you like being conned..

      Mzondi Wakwa Maqina - 2012-11-13 15:01

      At least she is confused but looking for direction. What about you sitting on your ass while the shower man is f¥@ing up everything? Better be confused that being an idiot.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-13 15:20

      @ Mzondi, a whole bottle of Bells for you!

  • - 2012-11-13 14:43

    She will be the most googled person today. From ANC to COPE now DA. I don't think she will bring black voters with her to the DA. She does not have followers. There are very few black leaders who have followers.

      marjorie.smith.92 - 2012-11-13 14:48

      She opened her eyes. She took the first step. And see how many more will follow. Sorry but its true. The writing is on the wall. - 2012-11-13 15:01

      Well, I don't think by joining DA is opening your eyes. By not voting for Zuma's 2nd term is opening your eyes.

  • keith.quixley - 2012-11-13 14:43

    Kind of like how the San "netted" smallpox from the settlers..

      Brad - 2012-11-13 15:28

      Priceless. :o)

  • nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-11-13 14:44

    Nice move

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-13 14:45

    the Winds of a much needed Change is upon us... ANC look up isn't that Jesus just there! ;)

  • malungisa.samuel - 2012-11-13 14:47

    Ja people are so disgarted about zuma leading the people like his shower head and DA is getting more now watch up

  • khaya.mteshane - 2012-11-13 14:48

    DA is the home of all political rejects!!!

      james.harold.946 - 2012-11-13 14:56

      So in other words the ANC will change there name to DA is that what you are saying Khaya

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-14 11:55

      Good Khaya! we are flushing the system and gues who is the recepient!

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-11-13 14:49

    Sensationalistic head and reporting... Balindlela was a member of COPE, who has now joined the DA, after being "kicked" out the ANC in 2008! That's the facts!

  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-13 14:49

    imagine a world without politicians..

      suash - 2012-11-13 15:36

      Governments should be afraid of their people

  • sphala - 2012-11-13 14:53

    From ANC to COPE, from COPE to DA....

      firstseed.mbeva - 2012-11-13 15:00

      Green Party is next,LOL!

      sphala - 2012-11-13 15:07

      From Green party to IFP...ah a she is worse lolest

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-13 16:07

      at least her eyes opened....yours still closed as a clay ox's a$$ hole

      sphala - 2012-11-13 16:41

      @Rockbell,no boy or girl...mind your language mfana ga re thaka tsa gago hlogo ya mmago

  • MkNxumaloW - 2012-11-13 14:53

    Good luck to DA...

  • sergio.o.williams - 2012-11-13 14:54

    its all about the money, mam, plz stop lying!

  • GregGow1234 - 2012-11-13 14:54

    No a big win at all DA. This player was in the political wilderness before she come over to the DA.

  • Ally Rhandzeka - 2012-11-13 14:55

    sh is nt 1st one to wl be back

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-13 18:14

      obe ?

  • malungisa.samuel - 2012-11-13 14:56

    Viva DA viva

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-14 10:15

      Stolen vote + stolen slogan + stolen identity = lost

  • joyce.beeton - 2012-11-13 14:57

    As they say ...."this is the start of something great!" VIVA DA!!

      kenneth.hlabane.5 - 2012-11-13 15:13

      What is something great u r commenting about? Be specific.

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-11-13 15:15

      Don't lower yourself to reply to Kenneth Joyce! he still will not get it!

      snethemba.mthembu.3 - 2012-11-13 15:26

      Wit rejects

      werner.pretorius.12 - 2012-11-13 23:15

      Waarvan praat jy Joyce!!!bedoel jy die vrou wat van Cope af oorgeloop het gaan nou die politieke landskap verander!! Ek en my vrou het nou lekker gelag vir die \something great\

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-14 11:16

      Kenneth.hlabane.5 Be specific?. Why?. You never are.

  • ApSoLuT1 - 2012-11-13 14:57

    NEWS24 stop misleading the public. Ms Balindlela was removed from her post because she failed to deliver as Premier of Eastern Cape. Under her leadership, the province was in a deficit of more than R2bn. The only thing she was good at was holding her cabinet meetings at 4:30am and walking barefoot in Parliament.

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-13 21:09

      Did you know she was against the dismissal of Mbeki and was "fired" when zoooooomer came into power!! Obviously not.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-11-13 14:57

    The growth of the DA is very welcome in SA, and that's what our democracy needs. Unfortunately the flipside of this means that they'll pick up many dodgy politicians along the way, starting with this woman. This can't be called a coup at all. A Trevor Manuel would be a coup.

  • daniel.v.wyk - 2012-11-13 14:58

    Same wolf, just a different coat....

  • philemonmaepa.phatlane - 2012-11-13 14:58

    that,s the last kick of already dead horse.Da is home for malema will also join them

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-13 15:29

      Malema? lol. As tea-boy?

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-13 17:22


      indianajohn - 2012-11-13 19:42

      If Julius Malema joins the DA I'm going to start voting for the soccer party.

      tebogo.makaneta - 2012-11-14 00:47

      If Malema can join the DA chances of winning the next election are guaranteed. That man has influence hence a lot of followers.

  • aplint - 2012-11-13 14:59

    Aaaah, see now the DA has just let me down, ANC personel have been unable to take action for the terms of three past governments, just because they go to a new party, does not mean they become good people with morals and values, no they just take the bad habbits learnt across to the new home. so impressed...I am not. The problem in this country is not the logo at the top but the people who represent that logo.

  • pat.louw - 2012-11-13 14:59

    She moved from A.N.C to COPE then to DA. Students from the University of wrong ideas will call that political prostitution.

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-13 17:24

      nothing original from you????....and you are stuck in the groove, groove, groove, groove, anc-groove, anc-groove, anc-groove!!

  • sam.flathela - 2012-11-13 15:00

    Please she was from Cope to the DA not from ANC to the DA please put your facts straight

  • patrick.mbense - 2012-11-13 15:00

    @Thandeka. You a fool. The reason we have strikes and houses been knocked down in Lanesia is becasue this ANC corrupt government has done nothing to improve things. Imagine the amount of low cost housing that could be built with Zumas money for the upgrade for his house. I agree farm workers get paid too little but this is something the ANC should have dealt with long ago and not wait until an uprising! POOR LEADERSHIP!!!!!

      kenneth.hlabane.5 - 2012-11-13 15:06

      ANC has given right to comment and rise ur points which u and ur grandfather never had before 1994. So plz think b4 u comment...tsk!!!!

      james.harold.946 - 2012-11-13 15:22

      Kenneth that is all they gave. The rest was take take take take

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-13 18:26

      Patrick ....with people like you we can make a success of RDP 2. Well said give me great hope and it is more and more obvious that black people start to see the anc for what they really are and there is life after the anc.