DA sets sights on Johannesburg

2011-03-28 14:32

Johannesburg - The people of Johannesburg deserve DA governance, the party's leader Helen Zille said in the city on Monday.

"We can win Johannesburg, statistics show that we can," she said.

She said infrastructure in Johannesburg, including the billing system, needed urgent attention.

A team of experts would rally around the mayoral candidate Mmusi Maimane to run the city.

She explained that when she took over as the mayor of Cape Town in 2006 she had no experience in local government, but a team of experts helped her to turn the city around to such an extent that it had been rated the best in South Africa.

The City of Cape Town was not perfect, but had done a lot in terms of service delivery.

"We are not perfect, we make mistakes, but when we do, we do our best to fix them."

  • paulf - 2011-03-28 14:36

    Go DA, show them what you capable of.

      Steen - 2011-03-28 15:14

      I doubt if DA will win in Johannesburg city.

      Melly30 - 2011-03-28 15:31

      Steen - dont be so negative!!! We all stand together we can win!

      Francois - 2011-03-28 15:40

      Melly 30, are perhaps assuming that Steen is DA? Did you pass your puntuation test at school. Does your second sentence not need an "if" somewhere? IF all stand together, it will be an unanimous decision, then only you need to vote - thus please refrain from commenting and go and read "The Cat in the Hat" - Racist Mbeki enjoyed that one.

      Kaizo - 2011-03-28 15:49

      @Francois - LOL what are you an English teacher? Get off Melly30's back this is a website, not a damn literature test. You might want to retake your spelling test, because PUNCTUATION has a "C" in it, fool. Back to the topic - I hope DA could take over Johannesburg we are in some serious need of people that actually know what they are doing.

      Graham - 2011-03-28 16:15

      Francois - silly troll. You can't abuse someone about "puntuation" if you can't even spell it. Lets keep it tidy people!

      motsokwane - 2011-03-28 20:23

      In your dreams helen

      Win14 - 2011-03-29 00:36

      Of course in her dreams!! Would YOU want to be in charge of this Masondo reality here with all those incompetent locusts that can't even speak their own languages properly let alone English? I'll admit that Masondo fitted quite well into that mould. But at least the DA would be an effective opposition to any kind of future Masondos and other ANC tax looters and wastrels.

      Francois - 2011-03-29 00:42

      Kaizo, point taken regarding punCtuation. If we are, as you say, in serious need of people who know what they are doing, does that not include having the skill to articulate and communicate this message properly? The hards reality is that this is a website that is not read by the majority of the voters and those are votes that the DA will need to win. To think like some of the people that if all white people stick together, the DA can win is a farce. A lot of non - whites' vote need to be turned, thus instead of living in a fools paradise that sticking together will let the DA or whoever you want to win the election and the City from the ANC, I think the first competency must be to understand the reality and the second one to PROPERLY articulate the way how to do it. Having the wrong plan badly articulated will do better in an episode of Faulty Towers. Sorry for the offense Melly30, you most probably meant it well, but in itself positiveness will not change anything - hard word has a better chance.

      meatusx - 2011-03-29 06:12

      Francois...and once again you failed in practicing what you are preaching...."hard" appose to "harsh" and "word" appose to "work"...shame...and by the way...when did anyone here say that whites had stand together and vote DA...Maybe that's the racist in you speaking, but I'm pretty sure majority on this site know that when referring to standing together, we mean as South Africans for a better South Africa regardless of color...So why don't you stop trying to be smart and maybe consider another hobby because you are just not cut out for literature.

      Zama - 2011-03-29 07:43

      Dreams, dreams dreams, wishes, wishes, wishes

      Lauren - 2011-03-29 08:22

      Haha Francois! What is "puntuation"? Go read "The Pot Calling the Kettle Black".

      RationalistPabi - 2011-03-30 10:22

      Sooner or later DA will take over!!! Common sense will prevail.

  • Bluemas - 2011-03-28 14:42

    Keep on dreaming godZille

      Thelma - 2011-03-28 14:45

      @ Bluemas - She does not have to dream.....she is living it as we chat!!!!

      Melly30 - 2011-03-28 14:53

      Bluemas - temper temper!!!

      Ogre - 2011-03-28 15:00

      "I have a dream....." Famous words spoken by Martin Luther King in the face of adversity as a member of a mostly uneducated minority and look what the minority acomplished in the USA after most told him to "keep on dreaming". Words can have sharp teeth when they bite back.

      El Cid - 2011-03-28 15:47

      @Ogre - Yes, just have a look at what the black minority has accomplished in the USA - hmmmmm...the highest prison population is black, the highest crime rate is amongst blacks, the highest illiterate & uneducated population is black; need I go on? @Bluemas - the anc is way past it's "sell by" date.

      maseratifitt - 2011-03-28 17:29

      Bluemas: You are free to choose: Democratic Accountability or Arrogance, Nepotism and Corruption.

      Ogre - 2011-03-28 19:48

      @ El Cid.You missed the point completely. I was indicating to Bluemas that people that dream and then live towards that dream, in this case DA supporters, can turn those aspirations into reality.

      Lauren - 2011-03-29 08:25

      Wow Bluemas! Spoken like a true champion. Keep it your true colours! I hope nobody reports your comment so that everybody can see what level of class you are from. Way to score an own goal!

      Delarey - 2011-03-30 15:06

      No Bluemas you cretin, it is South Africans that should be dreaming and hoping that the DA wins so that they can start to repair some of the destruction the ANC have sown throughout the country!! Stand together ALL SA's no matter what your colour or creed and start SA down the path of recovery. The alternative is the continued destruction and looting of our beautiful country by a useless, self-serving bunch of buffoons!

  • CynicBelieve - 2011-03-28 14:42

    I concur... Let's make Jhb the economic power house again

  • Melly30 - 2011-03-28 14:44

    Yes - Show the ANC what True leaders are!!! We are waiting for you to save us here in JOBURG!!!

      DeonL - 2011-03-28 15:32

      Yes vote DA if you don't like potholes & wrong accounts. Cape Town is run quite well.

      Point Blank - 2011-03-28 15:34

      Gee Baboon sheperd, you have a very low sewlf esteem. Do you speak on behalf of all "darkies"?

      trishen.moodley - 2011-03-28 15:45

      I think Baboon Sheperd is a appropriate name. I'm christian...but when I see comments like this it makes me believe that evolution does exist. Surely it takes a baboon that can talk always make it about "darkies"

      Pierre - 2011-03-28 15:51

      Baboon - white people constitute about 15% of the population in Cape Town. So clearly somebody who isn't white must be voting for the DA, unless my understanding of arithmetic is flawed. Admit it dude: you are a race hater. You (wrongly) perceive the DA as a white party, and that's why you hate them.

      Tracer - 2011-03-28 16:03

      its not that Pierre, its just that virtually no evolution has happened to his race for many thousands of years.....

      mm - 2011-03-28 16:13

      baboon who said we want the darkies out of Joburg? I have darkie friends and colleagues here that are suffering as much in joburg with the lack of service delivery and billing crisis and corruption as us whiteys. We need people in the municipality that can do the job, and fix your mistakes, no matter what party they are from or what their colour is. And whether you like to admit it or not, the DA DO know what they are doing, which does make them the best option. And this is said with proof, tangable proof if you look at how Cape Town is run. Why wouldn't you want Joburg to be run effeciently too? Oh, because you won't be able to steal from the poor anymore...

      Totman - 2011-03-28 16:37

      Hey Baboon, she can't move to Cape Town. Some-one must do the welfare work in Johannesburg. You also need permission from ANC. They bring voters, for themselves, into Cape Town and with her here they have to bring in an extra person.

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-03-28 22:16

      Even if they get Johannesburg or whatever it's called nowadays, the ANC would only claim that they already did all the hard work and that the DA just did the polishing on an area that was already moving in the right direction.

      Lauren - 2011-03-29 08:28

      Baboon has to say things like that guys. If not, he will have to confront the truth, which is that most white people and a huge amount of black people simply do not trust the ANC anymore. If he makes it about a race, he is absolved and the white man once again becomes the aggressor. See? So leave him alone. It's his defence mechanism. We all use some kind of defence against the truth when it starts hurting too much.

      JMan - 2011-03-30 09:37

      Wait...people still think that "evolution might not exist" in that its not proven yet? Like there is room for debate...? Really? Sorry...I had to.. >:)

  • Solo-JHB - 2011-03-28 14:44

    Correct, in the last national elections the ANC had lost a couple of percentage points in Gauteng...about 3% or 4% I think.

  • Thelma - 2011-03-28 14:46

    Backing you all the way!!!!

  • South_Africa - 2011-03-28 14:46

    GO DA! A Jozie run by the DA would be great! Helen will sort out the billing mess-up in no time!

      Lauren - 2011-03-29 08:31

      Bluemas, do you forget that the DA took over those areas from the ANC and they were in an even worse state than what they are now? Do you just kind of jump in at your own pace and ignore what went before? So, I will ask you, what did the ANC do for these people when they were running these areas. While we are it, you can also address the service delivery issues in the ANC run wards. Facts, please. Let's leave the silliness and swearing at the door, if we can.

  • Bluemas - 2011-03-28 14:47

    godZille, what have you done for people of Khayelitsha,Gugulethu & Langa?

      Melly30 - 2011-03-28 14:52

      What has your ANC done over the last 17years?????????? You are not fighting for freedom anymore... Wake up!

      AdriaanAdams - 2011-03-28 14:52

      much more than you ever did...

      Geewiz - 2011-03-28 14:54

      More than what your anc and ancyl buddy's did, but then your head is so far up your ass you won't see it anyway

      tkotze - 2011-03-28 14:54

      1. Toilets, although not always your ideal type, they were still installed. 2. Specific highwaylanes for public transport to decrease your travel times. 3. Improved public transport 4. Houses, but they are built mostly outside these areas trying to move people out of these areas and limit the impact on existing residents. 5. Improved services to allow more job creation 6. Improved road safety Sure there are a few I missed...

      Francoise Ferreira - 2011-03-28 14:58

      Vote for da and you will find out, if you vote for the anc you know what you get .....zeroooo.....

      Thelma - 2011-03-28 14:58

      @ Bluemas - Rather ask what has the ANC government done for the people of Khayelitsha, Guglethu and Lunga and when you get to the answer then ask the DA what they have done for the same people!!!!!

      ANC-FTL - 2011-03-28 15:00

      Far more than what the ANC have done there. To answer your question built INFRASTRUCTURE and provided a service. Any service is better than no service. Sure, Khayelitsha doesn’t look like the leafy Northern suburbs of JHB but it’s a start. If they want to live in a big fancy house they must work for it don’t expect the DA to hand them out – that’s what the ANC do for their Comrades.

      Green Oaks - 2011-03-28 15:01

      A lot.

      G.du Plessis - 2011-03-28 15:10

      As a paramedic who often visits Lana, Gugz etc I can safely say it is better there than it used to be. I might not vote ANC based on this evidence I have seen on the ground...DA have a new voter!

      G.du Plessis - 2011-03-28 15:11

      I meant Langa

      Miguel Gomes - 2011-03-28 15:23

      The City of Cape Town was run for years by the ANC, so the question is, What did the ANC do for the peoplein the townships when they were in power?

      Rob Gunning - 2011-03-28 15:23

      You obviously haven't heard about Gugulethu Square, I can mention more projects which have improved the livlihood, living conditions and infrastructure on the cape flats and the traditional cape townships but judging by your lack of research capabilities and your obvious contempt for Mrs. Zille that you care not about the truth.

      lenand40 - 2011-03-28 15:25

      G du Plessis. As someone who spends lots of time in Khayelitsha, I fear to go into the toilets there

      nic - 2011-03-28 15:33

      Bluemas you dumb fool. It's the ANCYL that breaks everything down the DA builds. Typical. Just like they burn down schools... Uneducated dancing idiots that break things wherever they go...

      DeonL - 2011-03-28 15:34

      Gugulethu was happy not so long ago, voted DA if I am not correct? So DA is not doing so badly in townships in Western Cape.

      Rob Gunning - 2011-03-28 15:35

      Took me not even 10 seconds to find some more info for you. Take a look through the rest of the site for even more developments, spending in infrastructure and increasing service delivery in these areas..... Funny thing is I can't find anything similar in ANC run areas. Maybe it's just DA propoganda but none the less, it's still 100% true. Perhaps you could show us a thing or two the ANC did for these areas while they were in control of the city? I cannot find anything.

      Point Blank - 2011-03-28 15:37

      lenand40, you lie through your teeth! As for the toilets, that is all you have against the DA. I find is very strange that you seem to harp on about the toilets when half of the Noth West are still using bucket systems. Another thing is only 50 out of ALL the toilets provided were not sheltered. When the DA did it was the ANCYL who tore them down. Why are you not pointing at the ANCYL and accussing them of human rights violations, they too exposed those toilets to the public? PLease man, you don't think much about what you talk about do you?

      evan.retief - 2011-03-28 15:41

      @ Bluemas - I like the word godZILLE. Makes her sound as big and powerful as she really is. She has turned Cape Town around like you wont believe. Not in favor or one race, but for all. Folks in JHB will see the difference if she gets the chance lead.

      DeonL - 2011-03-28 15:47

      CT was ANC's between 1994 and 2006, what did ANC do that time?

      ocon777 - 2011-03-28 15:47

      Why doesnt the Gov provide some jobs to uplift these poor people so they can afford to do stuff by themselves and take pride in owning something? Much easier for the ANC to keep them unemployed. oh wait, the gov doesnt know how to make jobs... so why doesnt the gov provide more incentives for small companies to start up their own business? Gov has taken away most incentives to create wealth. We need to start the cycle of wealth creation and not division which is currently happeninng. Come on Gov /DTI, theow us a frikken bone here

      Pierre - 2011-03-28 15:54

      @ lenand40 - but under the Nomainda Mfeketo regime, you loved spending time in the Khayelitsha toilets, right? Oh wait, that's right - there weren't any. My bad.

      VanessaVDB - 2011-03-28 16:01

      Yes god-Zille is correct, she is like a god to us, only she can save this country from destruction and racism!

      G.du Plessis - 2011-03-28 16:05

      @lenand. I have been ANC all my life but the spirit of Mandela as sadly left the party I once loved. One has to give credit where it is due and world mayor of the year has one my vote THIS TIME!

      G.du Plessis - 2011-03-28 16:08

      Haha my phone 'corrects' spellings apparently. Changed has to as and won to one!

      Totman - 2011-03-28 16:54

      Funny. All of you miss the deal that was done and why those toilets were built open.....and than the same people back-stab the people that they made the deal with. It was planned and plotted to shame the City counsel and the ANCYL was behind it. The point is, do not make a deal. Just build the stuff as you original planned. You can't make a deal with people who have a alternative agenda.......and to think I know the facts, not even being a DA member.

      Cynical Sci - 2011-03-28 17:24

      The last time I went through Khayelitsha I was struck by how much cleaner it was than other townships (and even many towns, or even parts of Jozi cbd). Still room for improvement but a positive difference could be seen.

      robertgunning - 2011-03-28 18:04

      The following has also been done read this article and you will be blown away at how many more items have been approved to help those that actually NEED it:

      Paco7 - 2011-03-30 14:54

      built them toilets that they did not have,and then the stupid ANCYL told the residents to tear it down

      Bobs - 2011-03-30 18:09

      When I read this I always remember Monty Python's Life of Brian: "What have the Romans ever done for us?!!"....

  • Sello - 2011-03-28 14:50

    I couldn't agree more with you Mrs Zille. This time i will definately vote for yur party. hope u don't let us down

      ocon777 - 2011-03-28 16:28

      and if she does you use you democratic right and vote her the hell out of there. but I have no doubt she will prevail.

  • lac - 2011-03-28 14:56

    Go DA. You CAN do it! You have proven that you 'put your money where your mouth is' and Jhb will prosper.

      lenand40 - 2011-03-28 15:13

      Yes, they never want to put their money building toilets

      Rob - 2011-03-28 15:33

      Lenand40 the tiolet issue is tired. Get a new arguement. Or should e estart the THOUSANDS of examples of the ANC cocking up? Thught not

      Pierre - 2011-03-28 15:56

      What's the point, when the ANCYL comes and tears them down?

      clintandmia - 2011-03-28 16:29

      @Ienand40 - grow a brain CHINA! The toilets are a minor issue. Imagine if we had to pin point all the the f ups the anc make daily! Never mind the corruption and the crime on a daily basis that makes it to the news.

      Totman - 2011-03-28 17:07

      In other words leland40: I can ask for my own toilet, because I do not want to share and agreed to close it myself and/or make it part of my house, but the next morning I go back on my word and, being suddenly under the opportunistically influence of the ANCYL, expect them to close it, seeing that it was now build, is right. never change your original planes to suit people like that. You can't satisfied them. Cape Town is going to put R 800 mil. aside to assist people, that earns R3000 and less a month, with services. Johannesburg overcharge people?

      Lauren - 2011-03-29 08:36

      The toilet saga is all lenand has to complain about and it is all he will have in twenty years time. You read about it everywhere. Government is failing us and then the lone little voice in the corner pipes up: the toilets, remember the toilets! Let them be grateful for that ONE issue that makes them feel better about the wholeself failure of the ANC and the rest of us can get on with nation building. Heaven forbid one should bring up all the squatter camps in ANC run areas that have bucket system toilets. Then you will hear a pin drop. Silence. Nothing to say on that issue. So, as long as lenand can bring up that ONE little issue, he is happy. Leave him be. Cutting his nose off to spite his face in any event. It's a black vs white thing for him. If not, he would not be focussing on such petty things.

  • - 2011-03-28 14:56

    Although I am not pro DA, I am fully behind a DA run Joburg Metro, I believe they can turn the city around and clean it up. I will vote for DA.

      paulf - 2011-03-28 15:01 I am happy and proud of you that you seem to see the light in the tunnel.A Vote for the DA is a vote for Democracy, anti Corruption.... A vote for the ANC is for no Democracy, Corruption....

      Rob - 2011-03-28 15:35

      I hear you. Anything to stop further decline of SA.

      Pierre - 2011-03-28 15:57

      @Baboon - that is a blatantly racist comment. Ideas have no colour.

      VIC - 2011-03-28 15:59 is black and there are more like him that are just tired of the blatent arrogance and incompetence of the ANC led rule, baboon shepard before you spit out another dumb white hate comment maybe you should take your head out of your arse and realize this is not black vs white, but a matter of normal minded people actually wanting a goverment who respects the rule of law and who will actually do their job. A vote for ANC is a vote for poverty, starvation and the end of our country!

      GBES - 2011-03-28 16:14

      In the Wcape the majority of our people voted DA,even though they may not brag about it publicly.We are so glad we did,and that our vote was not influenced along racial lines.So far my tax money are wisely distributed by the custodians we selected to council.Viva DA.Change is coming,and I really think my peeps up north deserve better government.But what is going to happen to our poor,desperate people in the EC?Things are falling apart with these anc corruptors.

      Totman - 2011-03-28 17:13

      ...and it will be people[ call them black] that will do it for themselves. The colour is not the secrete. It is the leadership. We have enough of good people in this country and I am sure if our new middle class in Johannesburg just gets half a change they will show us all how to do it.

      Educated - 2011-03-29 08:42

      So what you're saying Baboon is that it's a 'pink' quality to vote with your head. If thats the case then we're really all in trouble.

      Lauren - 2011-03-29 08:42

      Baboon, your comments smack of emotional unintelligence. You aren't even able to get your head around the fact that not ALL black people think alike and not ALL white people think alike. Your mind seems to need to think along clearly set out lines. Deviation seems to confuse you. That, my friend, is a serious problem for you and it's going to make life very difficult for you. Try and be less lazy in your thinking and start conceptualising ideas like diversity in opinion. The world will become a far more interesting and less hostile place.

  • paulf - 2011-03-28 14:56

    The Da is going to prove to the ANC that they can Govern and without corruption. They have all the Brains to do it and we will be making all SA's happy and proud of their New Liberator.

      Point Blank - 2011-03-28 16:03

      @lenand40, anything else besides 50 out of 1000 open toilets that you have against the DA? Anything else at all?? Just one??

      clintandmia - 2011-03-28 16:32

      Again Ienand40 Grow a Brain. This is a forum for peopel with a slightly higher IQ than an ant. Please find somewhere else to dribble!

      ocon777 - 2011-03-28 16:39

      Lenand the ANC needs to learn how to actually build something first. I'd suggest woodwork 101 and start out with a small wooden box. once you can build that, work your way up onto more complex structures, then maybe somewhere down the line you can start looking at higher grade construction projects like a toilet. (Dont forget that you need to be able to build a box around your toilet -{see woodwork project 101 above})

      Maddy-CT - 2011-03-28 16:44

      @ Ienand40. Yes, they know quite well how to build open toilets. The ANC built over 4000 open toilets in Browns Farm, Phillippi, when they were in control of Cape Town, and they are still building them elsewhere. Please don't be a hypocrit.

      Sage - 2011-03-28 17:02

      @lenand40 - you continue to harp on, like a stuck record, about the toilet issue. Clearly that is the only thing you have on the DA. By implication then, the DA are doing a very good job if that's the only minor stain on their record and even the toilet issue is debatable as being a DA cockup. In comparison, the ANC who are not doing a good job, are corrupt, most are convicted criminals and most are theiving, unduly enriched scum. The DA is the only choice, it's a no brainer!

      JohannV - 2011-03-28 23:14

      lenand40 keeps harping on the toilet issue because that's where his mind is - the gutter!

      Educated - 2011-03-29 08:45

      lenand, the ANC just need to learn to build anything. All they know how to do is destroy, and they do it quite admirably, might I add.

      Bobs - 2011-03-30 18:27

      The ANC needs to learn to build.... nuff said!

  • Christo - 2011-03-28 15:06

    If the DA can fix Jhb it will show everyone who the real party to vote for is. Change is needed. ANC brought freedom, but their job is done. Now they only want self enrichment.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-28 15:09

    All the very Best DA, go for it and show what a bunch of corrupt incompetents we have had to put up with.

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-03-28 15:11

    I am so happy that it JHB is the goal for DA. For a minute there, I thought we are going to be left behind and rot under the ANC's corrupt, robbed and raped infrastructure. There is hope!!!

      lenand40 - 2011-03-28 15:23

      Yes, who does not want forced removals, open toilets and myriad of consultants for a 30 year old who 2 years ago voted for Cope?

      Mike or Mpho - 2011-03-28 15:33

      I'll take your "forced removals" and "open toilets" over the decay of morals, greed and incompetence any day. I would rather have real issues being dealt with, rather than the changing of street names, because those in the ANC cannot create but destroy and manipulate. I would rather vote for a party that creates jobs and opportunities for all, rahter than taking away job opportunities for those that earned it, based solemly on their skin colur. The list can go on... But again, I do not expect your brainwashed type to understand.

      Point Blank - 2011-03-28 15:41

      Shame lenand40, clinging onto a party in demise. Forever loyal even though the party elite has long forgotten you. Completely brainwashed, a lap-dog, fooled every election into thinking a tap at the bottom of the road is a better life... tut tut.

      Pierre - 2011-03-28 15:42

      Yussus len - you are a racist of note. I know who you are - the same lonely saddo who writes letters to the Cape Argus all the time! "Len Anderson". Hahaha!!!

      Maddy-CT - 2011-03-28 16:54

      I doubt this is Len Anderson. Although I don't always agree with his views, unlike lenand40 Anderson is quite erudite.

      Pierre - 2011-03-28 17:20

      @ Maddy - no, he only appears erudite because his letters get edited before being published. In reality he is a semi-literate racist.

      lenand40 - 2011-03-28 18:28

      @Pierre Nice to know you can spell "racist". It would be interesting, however, if you would make an attempt to repudiate my claims, instead of being a predictable simpleton. @Point Blank I have no interest in the ANC. In fact, if I vote, I will destroy my ballot. There is no party in South Africa that is worth the time to put a cross on the ballot, but too many people died to give me the right to vote. So, I will vote but will destroy my ballow

      Grant - 2011-03-28 19:37

      @Lenand40. But you have not denied that you are in fact Len Anderson - bust. You and your spoilt 'ballow'!

      Peter.James.Merrington - 2011-03-29 01:14

      Ienand, pink people, black people, red ants ... tell us more about these red ants in the ANC-governed Johannesburg City? Tell us how they force people out of their homes before dawn, demolish the shacks, destroy possessions - tell us about the red ants who are a private company contracted to do Amos Masondo's dirty work against the poorest of the poor? Tell us, do you see similar dirty work being done on a daily basis in Cape Town? Answers, please.

      Educated - 2011-03-29 08:53

      I really think the ANC could have hired someone a little smarter than lenand40 to spew their propoganda. Seriously, if that's the best they can do, they should rather stick to the yellow t-shirts, food parcels and a nice big poster of jz helping an old lady. If anything lenand40 is actually helping the DA win more votes. Tx dude.

      Lauren - 2011-03-29 09:03

      Yes! It's Len Anderson. Haha. The penny just dropped. Well done Mike or Mpho.

  • alousav - 2011-03-28 15:19

    You go girl!!!

  • heaman - 2011-03-28 15:19

    @Bluemas, It must really be kuck having the brain capacity you hold! Wake up and go get an education and maybe you will realize that the ANC is not capable of anything except pure corruption and making use of idiots like you to get what they want then throwing you in the trash and yet you carry on voting them in like the numskulls you are! The rest of us want a better run, non corrupt South Africa! Its time people like you catch a wake-up!

  • Baboon sheperd - 2011-03-28 15:20

    Unfortunately Hellen Zille is not alone in her fantasies. Looks like her fellow travellers really believe that DA can dislodge ANC in Gauteng.

      LogicBomb - 2011-03-28 15:30

      It's happening right in front of your eyes, you blithering, racist, idiot. Wake up, your ice cream is getting cold!!!

      Point Blank - 2011-03-28 15:42

      Shame Baboon sheperd, clinging onto a party in demise. Forever loyal even though the party elite has long forgotten you. Completely brainwashed, a lap-dog, fooled every election into thinking a tap at the bottom of the road is a better life... tut tut.

      Bill - 2011-03-28 23:31

      His brain is purely focused on the free yellow T-Shirt....he can't see beyond that!

      Slapper - 2011-03-30 15:16

      They just Euthanized a Baboon for being a pest, in the Cape. A pity they seem to have got the wrong one.

  • ariete - 2011-03-28 15:24

    Can't wait ! Maybe my fictitious R20000 electricity bill will be sorted. My account has been problematic for 5 years now, but now it is ridiculous. By the way, the "toilet saga" was initiated by the ANC, who conveniently seem to have forgotten about this.

  • CynicBelieve - 2011-03-28 15:25

    We can all argue and complain... at the end of the day, OUR VOTE is where it will hurt the ANC the most... majority vote = win. Plain and simple. It's been happening for the last 4 years in Cape Town. Come down here and see how different Cape Town in managed (in a good way).

  • Lioness - 2011-03-28 15:26

    Long Live Emperor Zilla!

  • derkus - 2011-03-28 15:27

    you go Helen show them

  • Rob - 2011-03-28 15:31

    A black candidate it awesome. The DA is multicultural. They would fix up JHB properly and not use the taxpayer money for fast cars and sushi. ANC = 1 comrade, 1 sashimi

  • 50something - 2011-03-28 15:41

    Go Helen - Show them what a "World Class City" is really about. The present guys in charge obviously do not travel much as they do not know the meaning of "world class."

  • ji - 2011-03-28 15:44

    the DA can take the whole country as the ANC are USELESS .

  • VanessaVDB - 2011-03-28 15:47

    DA! DA! DA! Helen you have my vote. The saddest thing about the politics in this country is that most black people will not vote for DA, simply because they view it as a "white party" (Even though they might be disappointed and angry that the ANC has not fulfilled all their promises) People, please remember this election is not about's about who can offer the best service levels. To those of you who are sick of being misled by the ANC's false promises, why do you put up with it, election after election? And to BABOON SHEPERD - stereotyping white people may make you feel better, but it's not going to make the ANC keep any promises. PS. I do my own washing and housework!

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-03-28 22:51

      Its called tribalism.

  • Farzanak145 - 2011-03-28 15:47

    I really hope they take over. They're not my ideal opposition but its definitely better than what the ANC has to offer. It's amazing how things only seem to "improving" near election time. This should be consistent and not "bribing" us to vote for the ANC when service delivery is supposed to happen in the 1st place. I think Zuma is better than Mbeki, but there is still room for alot of improvement. As a young indian South African, I am not blinded by what colour my president is, it's about improving the conditions my family, friends and I live in.

  • djg - 2011-03-28 15:47

    You know Ms Zille...I was going to criticise you severely when I saw the headline........but hey.....I think you actually deserve a chance - it is impossible to mess up more than the existing idiots

  • Stylin - 2011-03-28 15:57

    Baawhaaa.You need critical mass Helen. - Sadly, black people were so traumatised by Apartheid that they have sworn neva to vote for a white person. It's even more sad that White people feel the same towards a black president, including Mandela. Black people can't vote for the DA when they don't recognise BBBEE. The only way Helen will win Gauteng [in it's current form]is if she becomes president of the ANC..Thats when I will change my vote to DA.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-28 16:16

      So Zille becomes President of the ANC, then you'll vote for the DA ?!!!.........................................................................................................................................................ok, nevermind......

      Rob Gunning - 2011-03-28 16:17

      So you saying that unless the DA implements racist and non inclusive laws that benefit some and not others, they won't win? I believe that equality is gained through good education, not by making empty promises or racist policies.

      Maddy-CT - 2011-03-28 17:08

      You are generalizing, Stylin.

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-03-28 22:56

      not so much traumatized by apartheid as being brainwashed by their leaders. from what i heard there is a misconception that the DA is planning to bring back apartheid. not logical, but that is the belief.

  • Baboon sheperd - 2011-03-28 15:58

    I can't wait for 18 May.

  • Thibo lover - 2011-03-28 16:03

    Heita daa !

      aidan2010 - 2011-03-28 16:05

      Heita da, jou ma se

  • za101 - 2011-03-28 16:09

    If the DA is against the gauteng toll roads, it will win JHB

  • za101 - 2011-03-28 16:12

    in fact, the ANC can take Cape Town, Joburg, Ekuruleni and coalition can take PE and maybe East London. Excellent chance for opposition parties to rule some of the largets metros after the 2011 elections

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-03-28 20:19

      Fark that, the ANC can keep their grubby little tendepreneur paws off Cape Town

      za101 - 2011-03-29 00:17

      i mean the DA and COALITION can take cape town, joburg, ekuruleni, pe and east london Not ANC... MY mistake

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-28 16:13

    All I want is somebody with a little bit of grey matter...the DA is the only party to display this... The ANC led Council in KZN's capital city have eaten everything...PMB is bankrupt, under who do you think I'll vote for ?!!!

  • Jazz - 2011-03-28 16:13

    Vote for whomever you want. Just remember. You get what you vote for.

  • dies irae - 2011-03-28 16:18

    Awe Aidan, dan use die silverback gorilla nogal daai Ak om ane ape self te distroy hulle sien it nie eens nie. Godzilla will kill the Gorilla!!!!!!!!

      Maddy-CT - 2011-03-28 17:13

      You are the exact opposite of what Helen Zille stands for!

      Point Blank - 2011-03-28 17:30

      This oke, dies irae, doesn't even sound South African... more like some white skin head in Sweden or something... speak English..

  • Melly30 - 2011-03-28 16:19

    Geez Francois - I am so sorry, I can't believe I made a mistake with my puntuation (as you have spelt it)! Idiot...

  • clintandmia - 2011-03-28 16:23

    Go Hellen - make us proud! get this corrupt anc out. They wasting our money on parties and overseas trips and then still wonder why there is so much poverty around. Go DA - THE ONLY choice.... we right behind you!

  • 50something - 2011-03-28 16:28

    Vote for the DA - the light at the end of the tunnel is not the next gracy train , but actually a light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Zakhele - 2011-03-28 16:28

    Why JHB and not Pretoria?

      Angel - 2011-03-28 18:15

      I think that Pretoria is already a given win for the DA.

  • user_24 - 2011-03-28 16:34

    @lenand40 will you ever get your head out of the toilet then maybe you would not speak so much SH!T

  • chefbob09 - 2011-03-28 17:03

    D A, prove it to the people that you dont need to be corrupt to govern a province

      NicolaG - 2011-03-28 17:25

      I think they've proven it quite adequately in CT and Western Cape?!

  • mev - 2011-03-28 17:14

    It scares me to death that my daughter is going to grow up in this place. I don't comment on these things ever, but I feel so frustrated and angered at the stupid Sh!t for brains who comment on here and all they can talk about is the bloody toilets in the Cape. Grow up people! I live in Jozi and I would give just about anything to be able to move to the Cape. When last have any of you idiots been there? People who come from the Cape to Jozi on business or whatever talk about the smell of the City. Its stinks, its dangerous, its corrupt and its time we take a stand and put our votes to good use. The ANC have given us nothing but empty promises. Vote because you want to give your children opportunities you never had. Vote because you want a better future. Vote because you want health care and education. Do NOT vote because you hold a petty grudge against white people. Do NOT vote for a yellow T-Shirt! Come on people, where is your human worth?

  • Fernando - 2011-03-28 19:46

    Go DA !!!

  • Badger - 2011-03-28 19:52

    @ Francois. You must be one irritating dumbass. I doubt whether you have any friends in society. This is not a spelling contest. Shame, although your first language might be English, you must be a lonely person. Your own comment is rather confusing to us. Don't worry we won't critisize you for grammar and spelling.

      Francois - 2011-03-29 22:50

      Thank you for the compliments. Let me try and spell the one about "schizophrenia". Who are the "we" in your comment - have you consulted widely on that one or are you only speaking for yourself? Once against thanks for the compliments.

  • Badger - 2011-03-28 19:57

    I listened to HZ on 702 this morning and it is astonishing how the ancyl twisted the toilet saga. This is what we should educate people on who do not have access to this forum. The ancyl make it sound very convincing that HZ build open toilets. It is time that we bring our part and tell people who are victims of the ancyl propaganda what the real situation is. I tried it and many people are open for such conversations.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-28 20:06

    For the sake of all the ANC supporters, I sincerely hope that the DA wins in Johannesburg. I still think, however, that Municipal management should be apolitical. Candidates should publish their CV's and action plans in local newspapers and locals should vote for individuals, not Parties. Wards should measure actual vs planned performance and hire /fire municipal managers. The same principle should apply to Provincial and National government.

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-03-28 23:05

      professional civil servants? next your gonna ask for honest politicians.

  • cgtours - 2011-03-28 21:15

    You know these people just pitch up in Cape Town come and squat- no job dozens of babiesthey cannot support, no education, then they want a house etc free elctricity where the hell must the money come from and who must pay?Why did they not stay in their regions where they have land and houses already? they did not fall from the sky or come from Mars!They never had a toilet before I am sure, (shitting behind bushes) now they get a toilet ( a proper toilet and all they must do is enclose it as they agreed ( they got it for nothing they did not pay like I had to for my own and all the other generations of CapeTonians who BELONG Here) No, they can quickly build a shack but suddenly cannot enclose a toilet they got for free and which they AGREED to enclose. Bullsh=t Man , the ANC was behind it.If you can build a shack you can enclose a toilet and in any case, they must stop coming here to squat and go home wherhey belong and were born.!!Thy are not welome amongst the indegenious a real people of the Western Cape. We doc not flock and invade their areas. So go home and vote ANC where you belong

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-03-28 23:08

      its called urbanization. wouldn't be surprised if your mostly right, but who would live in the eastern cape or anywhere else in south africa for that matter if you can live in cape town?

      Cire - 2011-03-30 11:53

      @ Steve Wonderboy. Oh, I see - its the attractions of Cape Town that make rural people 'urbanize' there when Jphannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and East London are all closer to Umtata. Always wondered why!

  • mikecomment - 2011-03-29 04:59

    In the form of the DP, the DA did govern Joburg some years before 1994 and the present DA chief whip Ian Davidson was the chief executive officer. They made a big mess and weren't competent. For many years there was a reminder of that mess in the form of the 'civic spine' at the libarary gardens in the middle of town, which couldn't be used because they hadn't checked the legal rights to usage.

      ColinG - 2011-03-29 11:51

      It's been 17 years since then, and the DA has since matured and become more competent. You give them another go, you will see a good about-turn for JHB

      Cire - 2011-03-29 20:18

      I've lived in Johannesburg for 60 years and its never been anything like the mess (administrative, litter, housing, licensing, environmental diseases, traffic lights, dysfunctional education, dysfunctional public hospitals, manhole covers, billing - crisis, what crisis? - parks, pot holes, crime, road signs, need I go on?) than it is now. The POINT is that it was supposed to get better, not worse! The ANC has failed completely. Anywhere else in a mature democracy, they would have been tossed out years agao. Vote ANC to stay in the mess, vote DA to give someone else a chance to clear up the mess. I really can't see the point of voting ANC again!

  • Carl Muller - 2011-03-29 06:48

    Anyone can improve on any ANC run council. You just have to stop the stealing and fraud.