De Lille gunning for all Western Cape districts

2015-04-18 23:11
New DA Western Cape provincial leader Patricia De Lille dancing with her constituents at the party's provincial congress in Cape Town. (Paul Herman, News24)

New DA Western Cape provincial leader Patricia De Lille dancing with her constituents at the party's provincial congress in Cape Town. (Paul Herman, News24)

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Cape Town - New Western Cape provincial leader for the Democratic Alliance Patricia de Lille has set her sights on the party achieving electoral victory in all of the province’s 30 municipalities.

“We will come and visit you,” De Lille said after being named the party’s Western Cape leader at its provincial congress in Cape Town on Saturday.

“It is our duty as leaders to be accessible, to be responsive to the needs of our people.

“Over the next coming months, we need to develop a strategy, how to make this blue machine unstoppable, so we can govern all 30 municipalities in the province.

“We don’t want to waste our time on coalitions any more. We want to govern the DA way,” she said to applause and cheers from the gathered crowd.

‘Every street’

The day’s events included a speech from current DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane, a prize giving, the province’s financial report, and a musical intermission.

Outgoing provincial leader Dr Ivan Meyer also addressed the crowd, hailing the party’s work in the province, and told of his dream of one day seeing a DA leader as president.

“On October 13 2012, you elected me to position of Provincial Leader in the Western Cape. Thank you for that opportunity to serve you, and to serve the party,” Meyer said.

“I was given a mandate to increase our electoral support.

“We have achieved that with your support last year to almost 60% [in the province].”

“I was mandated to increase our visibility, in every ward, in every town, in every street.

“The DA is now in every street in the Western Cape. Thank you for your support, but we need to do more.”

Toll gate, dompas

“The dompas campaign was the Apartheid government’s tool to oppress black people. This tool was brought back by the ANC in Gauteng,” Meyer claimed.

“Police in the ANC brought it into the province into Worcester.

“The whole DA team campaigned against the Dompas system in Worcester, and we have stopped it.

Meyer also thanked De Lille and Councillor Brett Herron for uniting the province in resisting the implementation of proposed toll gates in the province.

“We don’t want toll gates in the Western Cape!” he exclaimed, to approval of the crowd.

“I see in my dreams the new leader of the DA sitting behind the desk in the president’s office in the Union Buildings. I don’t dream any more,” he continued.

“I see the Democratic Alliance committing toward walking the road of Nelson Mandela; the road of reconciliation.”

“We brought power to the people of Cape Town.

“The people are tired that Zuma only takes the power to Nkandla," he quipped.

'Victory for democracy'

The party’s provincial chairperson Anton Bredell, meanwhile, felt the results of the party’s Western Cape conference was a victory for open democracy.

“The DA is the cornerstone of the emerging political force in South Africa,” Bredell said on Saturday.

“The most difficult time for any party occurs around elections; election of the party’s own structures, and elections back into office.”

“Although the campaigning was difficult, democracy won,” he added.

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