Election not racial competition: Zille

2011-03-26 15:27

Johannesburg - The 2011 local government election is not a contest between race groups, DA leader Helen Zille said in Kliptown on Saturday.

"For too long now, we have used elections as a way of expressing racial identity and racial solidarity," she told supporters at the party's election campaign launch in Gauteng.

"This time, we must take the next step. We must make the issues the issue [and] the key achieving excellent service delivery for all."

The election should be used to break down barriers between South Africans, she said.

Zille came through the crowd from the back of the hall at the Walter Sisulu Square.

She greeted supporters as she made her way to the stage.

People cheered as loud music filled the hall shouting "Viva Helen Zille Via" as they welcomed its leader.

Poverty priority number one

The DA's vision supported an open opportunity society for all, Zille said.

The greatest obstacle was poverty and this was the party's number one priority, she said.

Other issues such as job creation, crime and corruption, health care and social development were also highlighted.

Zille said jobs were the "passport out of poverty".

She said government could not create jobs by themselves and needed local entrepreneurs as well as international companies to invest in towns and cities. However, corruption within government deterred investment.

"This means we must have clean, corruption-free government," she said.

"Corruption chases away investors and makes poor people even poorer."

She said the DA was the only party willing to open government tender processes to the public.

Municipal police

Effective local government must also collect revenue and spend ratepayers' money wisely.

Where crime rates were high she said municipal police forces should be introduced.

"We know that municipalities do not lead the fight against crime, but we think they have a role to play."

Zille said government had to ensure that everyone had access to basic and social services.

The DA was committed to providing relief for citizens who were unable to afford these basic services such as clean water, electricity, sanitation and refuse removal.

The DA leader used Midvaal and the Western Cape as examples of the party's commitment to good service delivery.

She said Midvaal was rated number one in Gauteng's annual Quality of Life Survey since the DA took over the area ten years ago.

"Life is getting better in the Midvaal because majority of voters voted DA, and put us in power where we have spent the last ten years fixing things and getting the basics of government right."

Cape Town the best

Cape Town was also "without doubt, the best city" in South Africa for service delivery, she said.

Zille said the 2011 local elections was about "breaking free of the straight jacket" that kept people voting for the same party over and over again and somehow expecting a different result.

"If you want a better life you need to think about choosing a party that has proved it delivers for all wherever it governs.

"So give us a chance to prove it to you. Put us to the test. You have nothing to lose by trying something new in this local election," she said.

A sea of people in blue shirts streamed into the Walter Sisulu square in Kliptown, Soweto, on Saturday for the launch of the DA's election campaign and manifesto.

Thousands of supporters wearing blue T-shirts with the DA emblem arrived in buses from all over Gauteng to take part in the launch.

They were placards with slogans saying: "We deliver for all" and "Vote DA", all in different languages.

People blew vuvuzelas, whistled and shouted "Viva DA Viva, Viva Helen Zille Viva".

Supporters of all ages, men, women and children joined in the days festivities, with people singing and clapping to the live music.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-26 15:35

    Try telling the ANC this. They will twist and turn, Promise and Threaten, Lie and Cheat, but mostly they will play their favorite hand, full of Race cards. If you think otherwise, Dream on.

      exocist - 2011-03-26 15:50


      edvermaak - 2011-03-26 16:11

      I agree. Problem for the poor is that ANC are cheats and have a hidden deck of cards underneath the table. They seem to have played all their cards, but keep on reproducing the Black Ace of Spades...

      Slapper - 2011-03-26 16:30

      @exocist?? This is the new South Africa, not Fairyland.

      Zamaswazi - 2011-03-26 17:34

      @Exocist - I always try to listen to what Zille says, but then I get shoved to the side by those that see me as a baboon / monkey without even bothering to listen to what I'm all about. I'm sure they rushed to the loo to throw up when they read your comment about the black "brothers & sisters". How I wish this would all end so we can focus on the serious issues of the land.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-26 17:55

      @exocist, I am afraid if you represent the DA, I am not going to waste my vote on you

      rodneykdc - 2011-03-27 07:25

      Edvermaak , now that very racial , to talk about blacks with spades LOL

      lakhan7 - 2011-03-27 20:51

      well said zamaswazi. voters should be more like you. you have good insight for a potential leader of this country, SA. '... we can focus on the serious issues of the land. ' - we should do this toxic water has ravish our land, many will get cancer from the good food we eat. ( beef etc ) - Eskom Engineers not up to scratch - more black outs during this extremely cold winter? - the cost of living is at its highest- petrol R20 per litre - soon! the margin off poor has increased . we as South Africans have to Unite to solve these problems . there are large immigrations of people from other african countries idle in SA - we should ensure that these people are kept busy, so that they dont resort to crime. Only by Ubuntu can we accomplish much as a unit. ( Black White Indian and Coloured )

      Psychotron - 2011-03-28 12:41

      @exocist - tell that to Polio and Kolon, they will come and find you in an alley somewhere.

      BOY30 - 2011-03-28 14:29

      Its people like Slapper that make me to keep on voting for ANC. If all DA supporters were like Exocist, maybe i was gonna vote DA. As long as we each other as different and superior than others, HZ dream will not come true.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 10:44

      @BOY30 - Like, not all ANC supporters are fraudsters and criminals, not all DA supporters are racist. In fact it is only a very small minority, just like there are racists in the ANC, there are also racists in the DA. The difference however between the DA and the ANC is their message. The DA wants a better life for ALL South Africans, the ANC wants a rich, opulent life for ONLY the ANC elite. I sympathize with hoe you feel, but remember, a vote for the ANC says that you condone fraud, corruption, criminality, the suppression of the poor and above all a RACIALLY DIVIDED COUNTRY. By voting ANC, you admit to being a racist and generally immoral South African. Start voting with your head, not your heart, do you want a better South Africa? Do you want a better life for your children? Do you want working infrastructure, working health care and good governance? Because, if you want any of these, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET THEM FROM THE ANC. FACT. They have proven this.

  • photonic - 2011-03-26 15:46

    ANC you had your chance and you screwed it up totally. Be prepared for more losses this election, the people are tired of your thieving and empty promises!

      Win14 - 2011-03-26 22:50

      @photonic -- you are dreaming, just like some of the other comments that follow later on. Mark my words: VOTERS WON'T ABANDON THEIR ANC. Many News24 contributors believe that strikers and other disppointed people will vote differently in the next election, but nothing could be further from reality. They strike and trash streets and riot .. to force their beloved ANC to get things right, not to empower some distant DA that might do things better but ar not "their" people. If we don't understand this we don't understand the country. I bet the ANC will get the same votes as before. This is the reality - everything else is wishful thinking.

      lakhan7 - 2011-03-27 20:55

      The ANC needs a balanced board of members - and should work together with the DA , to better the lives of all South Africans and non-South Africans that visit OUR, OUR country. Just put your Egos aside, and start walking on Water! Nothing is Impossible.

      ANC-FTL - 2011-03-28 09:54

      @Iakhan - why do that if you can just fill your own pocket? The ANC why.

      Baboon sheperd - 2011-03-28 15:11

      @Photonic, the 16 yrs of ANC rule is nothing compared to the years and years that you, your parents and grand-parents sustained at the expense of blacks. Now you expect the same blacks to come vote DA? You must have your head seriously checked!!

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 10:52

      @Win14 - If you do not abandon your ANC then, thank-you for admitting that you are a racist. Thank-you for admitting that you stand for corruption, nepotism, fraud and criminality. Thank-you for keeping the poor, poor and enriching the ANC elite in SA. Thank-you for admitting that you are a part of the problem, rather than a part of the solution. Exactly because of your kind of attitude, SA and the rest of Africa always battles with political instability. Why do the majority of European, American and Asian contries thrive? Because they hold their government accountable, in other words, WORK FOR ME OR I WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU AGAIN! Hence getting the best possible government in power. The majority of the governments work, because if they don't they will not be allowed to continue, come the next elections. This my friend, is true democracy. In South Africa, we are effectively and 1 party state, that is why the ANC does what it wants, because it knows that people with your mentality will continue voting them in regardless of what they do. Welcome to the party, YOU ARE A PART OF THE PROBLEM.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 10:56

      @Baboon Sheperd - The DA were the cause of Apartheid? That's new to me considering the head of the NP is now an ANC member. The DA are to blame for the injustices of the past? That's also new to me. I think you need to pull your finger out your you know what and do some reading on the makeup of the DA, it's policies, it's AWARD WINNING performance and the leaders, WHO FOUGHT FOR YOUR FREEDOM! Grow up, get over the RACIST rubbish your beloved ANC is shoving down your throat.

  • HAVE-A-HART - 2011-03-26 15:59

    I was there! It was fantastic! Dynamic people from all race groups and ages supporting the DA's equal opportunity society! One nation! One Future! The DA have done it in Midvaal, Cape Town and are doing it in the Western Cape! Now for Tswane, Jozie and Gauteng. Phambile DA! Vuka SA!

      simodi - 2011-03-28 15:30

      stupid racist party whites will never change no matter what.they will never get my vote mxm.

      stap - 2011-03-29 02:20

      U must chage to have a brain DA will never rule this country...

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 11:01

      @simodi and @stap - Thank-you for admitting that you, above all others are the biggest racists. Thank-you for admitting that you vote for a political party the pushes divisions down racial lines. Thank-you for admitting that you support corruption, nepotism, immorality and criminality. Thank-you for for admitting that you are a part of the problem, rather than trying to become a part of the solution. Above all, thank-you for continuing to divide SA racially and for making the poor in this country poorer because of current African National Corruption policies. Well done!

      gksa - 2011-03-30 16:42

      @stap See, you're not getting it. The DA isn't INTERESTED in "ruling" the country - only kings and queens (and those who consider themselves as such) "rule" countries. The DA merely wants to be given a mandate by voters to GOVERN, and govern well. That's democracy. Only the ANC is under the illusion they can RULE here.

  • ariete - 2011-03-26 16:02

    I remeber when there was another Helen who was the only representative of her party in Parliament, then there were 6 then there were 20 (I am old)! Common sense and reason prevails, as well as example. Go Helen !

      Stox - 2011-03-28 12:04

      (^.^) She's done well. To say anything else is to prove your ignorance and/or state of denial. A political trooper.

  • edvermaak - 2011-03-26 16:09

    @Slapper I agree. Problem for the poor is that ANC are cheats and have a hidden deck of cards underneath the table. They seem to have played all their cards, but keep on reproducing the Black Ace of Spades...

      maseratifitt - 2011-03-26 21:31

      ...and sometimes they bring out the joker, Malema.

      rodneykdc - 2011-03-27 07:27

      Seems they have decks of jokers!!

  • Leeutjie - 2011-03-26 16:17

    I watched the whole thing and i must say i was impressed with those three ladies. They will get my vote. It was such a breath of freshness in comparison with zuma & co always reading something from a piece of paper, All three this girls seem much more intelligent. I all their strategies are workable, that we will have to see in future. Some municipalities will be a much harder nut to crack though and the more they govern the more difficult it will become, but let's give it a shot, it can't be worse than it is now.

  • denmarku - 2011-03-26 16:20

    Viva DA viva, and viva a democratic and tolerant SA for ALL South Aricans with you being a role model in our beautiful country. Thankyou for demonstrating ethical values, something certain tenderpreneur ANC leaders (i.e. the "new ANC") still need to learn. The DA has my vote, Helen you have my vote of confidence!

      PlayOn - 2011-03-26 18:44

      @paulmandlankosi - But Paul, all you have done is made a statement as to who you will be voting for. What about explaining and justifying it instead of just saying the same thing over and over as reply to other people's comments?

      ANC-FTL - 2011-03-28 09:59

      @PlayOn - Try read it again

  • logical007 - 2011-03-26 16:38

    Watched speech... such a pleasure to see a racially mixed group, no chair throwing, no screaming, no fighting. It was a great speech, well made and said to the people, ... NOT said to the podium! constant of eye contact

  • YES - 2011-03-26 16:59

    Just like ANC, DA can claimits hands are clean or do good for poor communities. People in Khayelitsha can attest to this. Just like ANC, DA's performance must be mirrored against service delivery in towns (in particular, the townships)that they control. Areas that DA control, especially historically black community, there is no equal application of service delivery. Zille is therefore out of sync to say the forth-coming elections or in a forseeable future, not to be racially contested in the midst of such racial inequality and unfair distribution of wealth and resources in the country. On the basis thereof, I challenge Zille to preach to his community to sacrifice all of its ill-gotten wealth for communities that are historically black and hear the response.

      exocist - 2011-03-26 17:19

      i challenge you to show me proof of ANC redistibution of wealth among the poor ? all i see is them distributing it amongst the top click

      daspoort - 2011-03-26 17:29

      Townships already get free water, electricity, housing. Previously advantaged communities as you call it, pay huge amounts each month for the services they get. Previously disadvantaged people should stop waiting for give-outs like you preach and start working at their own future.

      emile.marais - 2011-03-26 19:08

      @YES you have made a very valid point with your comment. Food for thought...

      theadomm - 2011-03-26 21:18

      I think its more an issue of poor versus rich rather than black versus white or can we add that the wealth gained by the rapidly growing black upper and middle class as ill gotten? The more years that go by the more even the distribution of wealth amongst the races but as per capitalism it still means only a small percentage hold the keys to that affluence. PS in an unrelated comment I am white and currently unemployed but I don't expect government to fix my problem. I have to keep looking keep working and if I have to make an opportunity for myself.

      ANC-FTL - 2011-03-28 10:14

      @Yes - Just because you where previously disadvantaged doesn’t mean you can expect handouts for the rest of your life. It’s called work look it up - black South Africans need to reattached themselves with work if they want to get anywhere in life. Us whities didn’t just get money on a silver platter we worked for it!

      CoCoNuT - 2011-03-28 23:16

      Very clever, get rid of the "Counter revolutionists" embedded in these townships and maybe something positive will be done

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 11:11

      Really, I have ill gotten wealth? Is this the ill gotten wealth where I started waitering, got a job answering phones, educated myself with the money I worked my crack off for and now earn a good salary and live in a nice house? IS this the ill gotten wealth that I slogged sometimes 24 hour days to make? Is this the ill gotten wealth where I ate bread without butter for days on end because I had no money while learning and trying to work at the same time? Now you are telling me that all of my blood sweat and tears must be GIVEN to someone else because I am white? Well, all I can say to that is, go to hell. NOBODY EVER GAVE ME ANYTHING! Everything I slogged my arse off for, so sorry, you are barking up the wrong tree. Your comment on its own is RACIST.

  • LUFC - 2011-03-26 17:11


      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-26 17:59

      You still want my vote with such bile?

      emile.marais - 2011-03-26 19:09

      Valis do us a favour and shut up. YOU are part of the problem too.

      ebdg3000 - 2011-03-26 19:54

      Valis, then you need to leave for other shores. There's no other way for you. Please go soon so you can stop poisoning the pot even more with your bitterness.

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-03-27 19:05

      we need to convert that Biiig World Cup Vuvuzela in the Cape into a peace pipe. A nation bong. Get everyone high. Then we'll all get along one time.

      Derek - 2011-03-27 23:28

      @Valis See now. It's comments like yours that create the impression under the black population that us DA supporters are racists like you. Remove!

      device - 2011-03-28 16:58

      I heard of this country called Utopia, I really think you would like it. It has absolutely no problems nor has it ever expirienced any. Everything is perfect there, no racism or any other form of discrimination, just 100% perfect and faultless human beings. Lets just hope you'll fit in there

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 11:14

      @paulmandlankosi - Get off your racist horse. He is bitching, he is not canvassing for your vote. Vote based on policies and performance, not on some guy being p1ssed! Jeepers.

  • lulu - 2011-03-26 17:32

    viva Helen zille viva

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-03-26 19:06

      HAHAHA, retort FAIL there, paul.

      exocist - 2011-03-26 19:33

      TO PAUL, DEAR SIR, i don't need your vote but your country which is bleeding does very much so,so sorry about the insults from this forum (i,m not a DA member just a concerned citerzen )looking for safety, justice, fairness for all , transparency and accountabillity for all our children GOD BLESS

  • paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-26 17:35

    The article is about the DA and their election manifesto not the ANC. The DA promises to deliver for all but their supporters makes impossible for me to even think about voting for the DA.

      daspoort - 2011-03-26 17:48

      @paulmandlankosi....The problem is that it is not about service delivery for black people, otherwise they would have voted for someone else long time ago. Black people think ANC is for blacks, DA is for whites, no matter what the manifesto. Once YOU make that mindshift, we can talk again.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-26 17:57

      I am black and I do not think so, so please I have made my mind shift some weeks ago.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-26 18:25

      I am an exotocin

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-26 18:43

      Which gingivitis are you moaning about? (chronic or acute). Are writing exams and need my help? Send me an email, I will lecture you.

      emile.marais - 2011-03-26 19:11

      paulmandlankosi I take it you are bored and have nothing better to do?

      Zamaswazi - 2011-03-26 19:13

      @paulmandlankosi - clearly!

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-26 19:54

      Hey wena nyoko chess is not for kids

      denmarku - 2011-03-26 20:00

      LOL, you no dentist! Take care Pauly!

      Logs01 - 2011-03-27 11:09

      @Paul, PLEASE do not even consider, EVER, to vote for the DA. They are better off without you. You know the DA, not only promisses to deliver, but DOES it as well and The ANC Promisses to deliver but FAILS on all areas of that?? Knowing all this and still voting ANC, cause you do not "like' the DA supporters, makes you stupid with a hell of a BIG inferiority complex. So, sorry there is NO PILL to fix your problems. Maybe you should vote for the ANC but go live in a DA Managed area. He,He, What a FOOL you are.

      runningman - 2011-03-27 22:38

      paul my boyktjie, vote for whom ever you like...bear this in mind tho, every step backwards taken by the anc is two steps backward for our this i mean that at the end of the day things do not improve for our children... in that lies the secret to our future...u aim to give your own kids a better life than you had, and then they do the same for theirs and so on, this is how we besides the few malemas who have benefited..where are those kids from 16 years ago that should have benefited? instead you cheer a dead horse...

      ANC-FTL - 2011-03-28 10:24

      And Paul dont you think thoes DA supporters have there right to bitch and complain - we see where the ANC is taking this fine country and we dont like it - therefore we complain. We have respect for ourselves and our country I cannot say the same for your people.

      Picasso - 2011-03-28 11:09

      Paul, I know many dentists and none of them got time to sit on the internet. So one of two things: 1. You're not a good dentist so people don't use you 2. You're a cleaner at a dentist, abusing the doctors internet when he is not watching.

      mm - 2011-03-28 11:20

      So sad that you base who you vote for on what you think their supporters are like on what you read on an internet forum, completely ignoring the results the party has shown, or the actual supporters of all races that was there. There are as many blacks that hate whites than whites that hate blacks. I don't see any ANC members vouching for their fellow white south africans on this forum, yet I have seen several white DA supporters on this forum, inbetween all the racist drivels from both blacks and whites, that expressed how they want poor communities uplifted. You read only the insults, because you like having a comeback insult. So sad that you place the future of your children and country on this forum. So please keep voting for your ANC because "the supporters on News24 make it impossible for you" You do not want harmony. And one day you'll pick the fruits thereof when you are serving a dictator in a poor country with no infrastructure or future. Or your children will.

      Psychotron - 2011-03-28 12:43

      Same goes for your supporters who and dof and blind at the same time.

      AJ - 2011-03-28 13:26

      @paulmandlaknosi: I hope you apply the same rule to the ANC and it;s supporters too, or IFP for that matter? Why judge Zille on what a supporter says? That's childish. I judge the ANC on performance, not what some of their supporters say which let's face it can be equally racist..

      DarkAngel - 2011-03-28 13:29

      @Baboonshepherd - ag please wake up! That's what you WANT to believe! Stop talking rubbish!

      NicolaG - 2011-03-28 16:27

      What do you want us to say, Paul? Do you want us to beg? To say that the DA will provide free stuff to all black South Africans forever? To say over and over and over and over and over again that actually only the minority of white peopl are racist and that it is an extreme and small group that post most of the comments on this forum? That we would like you please please not to judge all whites on the comments of a few bitter commentors? It is all so very TIRING. I have commented so often about how much I hate apartheid, and how I will never be racist, but it falls on deaf black ears, I'm afraid. No black person has ever come back to one of my comments and said 'oh, okay, well that's good to know'. I just get ignored. Paul, vote for whoever you want to, mate. What are you looking for here with your comments? Pity? Apologies? Contrition? Shame? I hope you find it. In the meantime, know that by voting ANC, you ARE voting for a corrupt and incompetent party, that is just a fact.

      Nigro - 2011-03-29 10:13

      l agree with you paul.NEVER Vote DA YOU BLACKS ,Dome pass will come back,whites will be bass again,YOU must never ,...White people are sleek,White people are suck ups,Wait until they get what they want then they show you who they realy are.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 11:23

      There is no talking to someone like paulmandlankosi. People you are wasting your time. It is like trying to convince a high drug addict that they have a problem, just not going to work. ANC supporters are like drug addicts, they like to keep getting high but don't see that they are killing themselves and those around them. It doesn't matter how much sense you talk to them, they cannot see past their next high. Only once an addict has made the decision to kick the habit so they see how destructive it was, in the same way, once an ANC supporter makes the decision to see the rot that is the ANC, do they realize how corrupt and cancerous the ANC is for South Africa and it's people.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 11:25

      @Nigro - Welcome to the club, you are a part of the problem. Congratulations!

  • Eenoog - 2011-03-26 17:46

    It was a great speech and it would certainly be even greater if this could mark a change in SA politics - even if it would just be to strengthen the DA to function as a strong oposition. I would just like to know why on earth e-tv chose andile mngxitama as their in studio "political analyst"?? He is in no position to give constructive criticism and clearly displayed this by going of on his usual anti-democracy rants before and after the speech. Honestly, there's plenty of knowledgeable and independent people that could have given valued insights.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-26 17:58

      Why a strong opposition and not aruling party?

      Eenoog - 2011-03-26 18:06

      Hi Paul, I think it is just a healthy situation for a democracy to have a strong opposition party - to keep the system in check. I cannot see the DA becoming a ruling party in the near future. Also, I think the ANC has the historical backing to still contribute a lot to the country, but we need a decent opposition to keep them on their toes. I was hoping for COPE, but that ship sank just outside the harbour.

      Grant - 2011-03-26 18:19

      Paul. Before you try to take others to task about their grammar and spelling, first check your writing before hitting the 'POST COMMENT' button: aruling properky That gramaphone record of yours is pretty well stuck now and you have become very boring. Try singing a new song. There, now you you can come up with some smart-arse comment in order to have the last word.

      Jacques - 2011-03-26 18:23

      @ paul. I understand that you are loyal to your party and I cant find anything wrong with loyalty. So I wont try to change your mind. Your comment on why we need a strong opposition party is quite simple and rudimentary. Parties, not matter what their moral fiber, are still led by people, and at times people make mistakes. A good opposition means that all decisions get scrutinized by a strong party with a say, helping the process along by weeding out any mistakes the ruling party has made. This works well in the USA where there are two major parties and they both have very strong support from the people. Personally, I would love to see the DA win a presidential election, but what I would love more is to see them win by a 5% margin...because then they will have strong opposition to keep them in check. This is just good for a democracy in my opinion

      SimonP - 2011-03-26 20:18

      Hey Paul, how come no answer as to why you vote ANC? Is it perhaps you cant think of one?

      ANC-FTL - 2011-03-28 10:30

      @SimonP isnt that obvious its because its a black only party. I cant think of another good reason... yeah, zip zero nadda.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 11:33

      @paulmandlankosi - Like NicolaG said in her previous reply to one of your posts, you are soooooo tiring. Whatever dude, vote for whoever you want. Just remember, ALL successful democracies in the world have strong oppositions, they keep the governing party on their toes.

  • Chantal de Pierres - 2011-03-26 18:26

    We also need a microlender so poor people can start their own businesses.

      theadomm - 2011-03-26 21:25

      Isn't that done by Capitec bank?

      Nigro - 2011-03-29 10:38

      theo,Capitec bank is owned by whites,The guy lives in cape town.It is a recist bank.They use black people as their faces in adverts and branches.Go to the head office in pretorea and you will be suprised.Whites only

  • shinobijin - 2011-03-26 21:18

    It will always be a racial point, anybody can see, if you dont side with the ruling parties then you mean nothing, but what the hell is the problem, everybody wants to create jobs, but nothing ever happens, why does'nt the government, take control of our railway lines again, did you see what the railway lines and stations look like, employ the people en let them clean and maintain the areas, open an house building operation, there are thousands of people sitting around in the streets that can build, employ them and pay them well, in 2 years time you can have covered the whole Gugulethu, langa and Khayalitsha area, do'nt say there is no money, bullshit, the government has its own bank and and money making facilities,make the money and pay the people....hell man

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-26 21:48

    I may be wrong, but to me it seems the main difference between the DA and the ANC is that the DA addresses reason, while the ANC addresses emotion. The derivative of this is that DA focuses on SA while ANC focuses on ANC. Just compare a speech made by Helen or Patricia, to one delivered by Winnie,for example,and you may see where I am coming from.

      Janine - 2011-03-27 10:04

      Ah yes - Helen and Patricia don't talk about freeing our country with our matches and tyres.

  • erno.v.dyk - 2011-03-27 00:09

    @Paul - Fact of the matter is that since '94 the ANC has killed more black people through poor governance, greed and corruption than any other group in this country and they will continue doing so because they have no concept of how to govern. With regards to your constitutional right not to vote DA, I just say thank you because the DA doesn't need people like you.

      runningman - 2011-03-27 22:45

      its real simple...we need perform, you get bonus, you dont you walk the plank...i like that about the DA... "make DA circle bigger"

  • dup007 - 2011-03-27 16:49

    as black south african zille gets my vote !!!

      runningman - 2011-03-27 22:45

      mine as well...

  • k1dbl4ck - 2011-03-27 18:55

    pity zumvula ndluvu listening to radio cluckcluck in some ANC backwater will never hear this message.

  • dracqlore - 2011-03-28 07:42

    The Walter Sisulu hall area is big if the DA filled it in the heart of Kliptown with people I'm impressed..... That really means that people are not as ill informed as some of the people here keep trying to suggest. The only thing I can say is, may the best men and woman represent us and may this nation become truely the best they can be.

  • Bratt - 2011-03-28 10:18

    As soon as Zille wakes up and realizes that it actually IS a racial competition, she and her party will win this country. Please wake up soon. We all want this country to work. It doesn't at the moment, and it seems your party may be our only hope.

      Mad Hatter - 2011-03-28 11:44

      The idea is to break out of this racial political quagmire , its what keeps the ANC in unoppossed power(their competative advantage if you will) and a catalyst for corruption . DA's competative advantage is delivery and thats where the battle lines will be drawn. ANC= race&history VS DA = service delivery&good governance .

      Bratt - 2011-03-28 13:05

      this is politics. First you win, then you make changes. Learn that.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 11:52

      I tend to agree with Mad Hatter, we need to move away from racial politics and towards performace based politics. The sooner this happens the better for the whole of SA. People will vote for the best party for the job rather than the correct party 'colour' for the job.

  • shaunandroweena - 2011-03-28 10:31

    i do not think that any voter can completely say that when they vote race does not play a small part in their decision.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-03-28 14:22

      That's untrue, but if you have race issues, vote for the best person of your race you can possibly find!

      Rapier - 2011-03-28 14:22

      That is because we have been brainwashed into ANC type thinking for nearly two decades now - worse than the NATS when they were in power!

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 11:54

      Sorry, but that is untrue, at least for me. If the ANC were running this country like a well made swiss watch, they would have my vote. If mad old Gadafi was running this country excellently, he would have my vote. Makes no difference to me, I just want good accountable transparent governance.

  • GBES - 2011-03-28 10:53

    Ok guys, lets do what the anc says. Hate the white man, vote for the black man,create less coloureds,get a few more wives.Ok.Happy now ? Actually the intelligent folk should vote for the ISSUES,as Zille says.e.g. Clean water,stable electricity,less corruption with tenders,credit control,assistance for the poor & indigent.Good heavens, are these not the important issues,instead of this racist comments by black/white?

      Rajty - 2011-03-28 17:12

      How will the DA do all this by wining a local election- please explain how they will provide stable elctricity and create jobs. They could have used the opportunity to create jobs by building decent toilets for the Khayelitsha residents, but instead they squandered that chance. I bet News 24 are going to delet this comment as well- essentially this site should be titled DA 24.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 11:59

      @Rajty - dude, it all begins at municiple elections, who do you think provides your basic services? The tooth fairy? It is your locally elected representatives, or in the case of the ANC your locally APPOINTED representatives. As far as the toilet saga is concerned, instead of listening to the rubbish the ANC shoves down your throat, read up about the true story behind the toilet saga if you dare. PS, at least they have toilets, a huge number of ANC controlled areas have NO SANITATION! Jeepers, some people.

      gksa - 2011-03-30 17:31

      @Rajty Oh, so uninformed. The people of Makhaza all got enclosed toilets - 1 for every 5 houses, exactly like every other township upgrade anywhere in the country. (That matches the national government's policy, by the way.) What the DA tried to do is give EVERY household an EXTRA toilet of their own. The 4% of people that did not supply their own enclosure could still use the communal toilets - no one had to answer nature's call in public. This issue has been hijacked by some to score political points. I'm sure the other 1261 households who did enclose their own toilets are very happy they don't have to share a toilet with their neighbours. Read the facts, if you dare:

  • Baboon sheperd - 2011-03-28 12:43

    DA to fight poverty??? Ja neh?

      mm - 2011-03-28 13:25

      ANC fight corruption? Ja neh!

      DarkAngel - 2011-03-28 13:35

      The ANC INVENTED poverty!!!!!

      unblind - 2011-03-28 14:12

      they are not even fighting poverty here in cape town. the da is an elitist organization that caters for the white middle class. nothing more, nothing less. they are trying to appeal to the poor because that is where the voting power lies. not because they care, they don't.

      maseratifitt - 2011-03-28 17:44

      They won't send 49 delegates for a jol in New York at a cost of R4 million. The ANC doesn't fight poverty, it helps it along. Some people are just too dof to notice.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 12:01

      ANC to fight poverty??? Ja neh? ANC to fight corruption??? Ja neh? ANC to fight nepotism??? Ja neh? ANC to fight fraud??? Ja neh? I could go on, but I don't have the patience.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 12:02

      @unblind - That is utter nonsense, but anyway. You mean they are using the ANC's handbook? Appealing to the poor for the vote? We all know they couldn't give 2 sh1ts.

      etemhoff - 2011-03-29 13:52


  • Sihle - 2011-03-28 14:25

    The problem with the DA is that they still have racists within themselves who still believe all blacks are thugs who should not be entrusted with anything. However, it's not all white DA members as some of them judge blacks on based their capability not their race. Coming to their policies, they are sound and good. They can fix ANC created mess like the one at Metrorail, City Planning departments and many other messes around the country.

      sanodn - 2011-03-28 14:55

      @Sihle - Yeah, there may be a few closet racists in the DA but I believe that they will get routed out soon enough. Helen Zille won't stand for racists in her ranks. There are also a few racist DA supporters. I'm a white South African, and some of the comments I see here on News24 from other whites makes me SICK. Don't let them taint your image of a typical DA supporter. We truly want a better life for EVERYONE.

      sanodn - 2011-03-28 15:01

      Let me also add that the racists are very few and far between.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 12:06

      @Sihle - Yip, that is true, but remember there are racists in every aspect of South African life. It is how we choose to let them influence us and our parties that matter. The ANC have definitely given the racists a voice, where the DA will flush them out, sanity will prevail in the DA.

      gksa - 2011-03-30 17:36

      Oh boy, I bet those racists are fuming at all the black and coloured people that the DA now has in leadership positions. If the racists are actually still sticking around in the DA, it won't be long until they up and quit. Hehe, I'm quite enjoying that thought, actually...

  • Thembisile - 2011-03-28 14:50

    Whoever votes along racial lines will have no one to blame but themselves, the time for voting along racial lines is over we need a party that will address peoples problems and not line their pockets with tax payers money. I am looking forward to casting my vote on 18 May 2011.God help us all to look beyond colour.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 12:12

      Definitely, voting along racial lines is not only racist, but it is 'cutting off your nose to spite your face...'

  • Monica - 2011-03-28 22:58

    I am proud of you Helen. Just wish we had a proper voting system so that the stealing of government funds could stop! You give them a go girl! You have a lot of support behind you. It is time that someone else takes control of this country.

  • CoCoNuT - 2011-03-28 23:14

    Eish, I hope the DA remains a good opposition and never wins enough votes to become the legitimate government. The Last thing we need is a MDC stunt in South Africa, where the ANC realizes that democracy is not such a grand thing anymore and we go down the Mugabe Road. The ANC will never relinquish power even if it is beaten fair and square in 10 years times, that is the reality, Africa has shown it quite clearly, so to all you who think we live in a European, USA system of democracy.....WAKE UP!! you will be sorely disappointed.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 12:13

      Sh1t, I hope that that never happens.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-29 12:13

      I mean the Zimbabwe thing.

  • BENEDICT LETLHOGILE - 2011-03-29 03:05

    Ag! All these politicians are the same. They all make these promises, and tell the people what they want 2 hear. But nothing changes, b'cos THE POOR GET POORER, AND THE RICH, GET RICHER.

  • Eric - 2011-03-29 09:00

    @paulmandlankosi; I hear you say black people do not need service delivery, of any kind? Are you sure? How long has it been since you have been in a town ship, come on man were not talking soccer here. Life isn't about black or white... get it? There are decent people from all walks of life. If there are any left in the ruling party we can’t see them ever. How many young and old "black" people die because of corrupt politicians rerouting money to their own agenda? it’s just the other way around.

  • etemhoff - 2011-03-29 13:51


  • LiamD - 2011-03-30 15:33

    ANC supporters should realise that often a failed nation is characterized by social, political, and economic failure. Common characteristics of a failing state include a central government so weak or ineffective that it has little practical control over much of its territory such as poor public services; widespread corruption ,crime and economic decline. The ANC is doing the same here in South Africa as like-minded governments in other failed African nations. Let's look at the facts here how many failed african states there has been - Sudan, Congo DR, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Chad, Somalia,Guinea and Liberia,Burundi, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Nigeria, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Burkina Faso to name a few…the list just goes on. Come on fellow South Africans, let’s vote with intelligence and on a proven track record. We have the ability to become a great nation instead of a failed state. Have some become so brainwashed that they would rather see the decline of their beloved country than vote for a person of the opposite race with a proven track record to deliver?

  • Bexiebee - 2011-03-31 08:29

    Perhaps Schabir Shaik should run for president?? He'll SURELY Shaik things up a bit?

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