Zille 'deeply aware' of responsibilities

2012-11-25 16:25

Johannesburg - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said on Sunday she was "deeply aware" of the responsibilities that came with being re-elected as the DA's leader.

"I interpret this as the congress’ support for our goal of building a new majority at the non-racial centre of South African politics," she said in her closing address of the Democratic Alliance's federal congress in Boksburg on Sunday.

"We will work tirelessly together to become a party of government across our country. We know realignment will not be easy."

She said the DA had learnt lessons and she stressed that its core values were non-negotiable.

"We are a party of strong institutions."

She congratulated those elected to positions in the DA and thanked those who lost for their participation.

"Our party has never been stronger or more united," said Zille.

Zille said former Eastern Cape premier Nosimo Balindlela, who had joined the DA two weeks ago, had fitted in well.

"She attends this congress...for the first time as a paid up member of the DA.

"Can you imagine a former ANC premier being prepared to work at grassroots building branches for the DA in remote rural areas? Thank you!"

Zille said because of the infighting in the ANC, the ruling party "can not get it together".

She said the ANC could not agree on a candidate to support and this kind of division was in every part of their movement.

"I don't know about you, but I am leaving here today (Sunday) feeling even more inspired and energised about the DA and about what we can achieve..." she said.

"We now need to go back to our branches, to our towns and cities, with a laser-like focus on election campaign 2014."

  • ntloko.yamazizi - 2012-11-25 16:37

    Non racial what came to WC and see who is in top positions in those for balindlela she is chasing better positions

      tim.gordon.5011516 - 2012-11-25 16:54

      Ntloko, the days when you could spout propaganda lies and no-one questioned them are long gone. Western Cape is THE envy of the whole of SA, because despite the challenges it is better governed than any other province, and people are starting to want the same for themselves.

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-25 17:16

      We trust in you Helen and have all the faith that you will keep on doing the best for this country for everybody!

      matusowsky - 2012-11-25 17:21

      You first need to realise that the DA does not elect people to power based on their colour but based on their ABILITY. That is why Lindiwe is in the position she is. That is why Maimane is in the position she is. That is why Patricia de Lille is in the position she is. The DA does not elect people to power if their ability to run a service is non-existant. The ANC always elects people based on colour... Has that worked? No. The party is now in shambles and falling quite fast. People who are completely unqualified to run their offices are placed in certain Cabinet positions (Blade Nzimande placed in "minister of higher education" when he has no background on university practices? The public enterprises minster who has no cooking clue on how to run a major company?) while ANC affiliates are constantly beong granted tenders by municipalities... See the DA doesn't work that way.

      Ernest - 2012-11-25 17:31

      @NTLOKO the will be a peaceful of blue waves heading north all the way to limpopo, did you hear about that. pls allow some changes during your life time

      graham.v.ferreira - 2012-11-25 17:48

      I really wish you well Ntoko, but either you are a beneficiary of the elitist ANC cadre system or you just cannot see because you have listened to the propogande the ANC puts out about white people because they are trying to hide the fact that they sre steal;inmg from their own poor black voters by blaming the lack of education and all the other ills on the whites. That's all they can do. can you really see Zuma saying; listen my poor fellow blacks, you are still poor because we put cadres into places where they were not qualified to be. And we have stolen billions of Rands from the taxes the people of South Africa have paid. And we have enriched our families while the rest of you stayed poor. Either you are pert of the stealing or you are blind.

      NickvanGraan - 2012-11-25 18:16

      @ ntloko.yamazizi - you are confused. Non racial does not mean you put people of different colours into senior positions simply so that you can have demographic representation. It means you put people into senior positions based on their qualifications and skills regardless of colour. At least you know they are genuinely there on merit and not as tokens.

      brad.ken.18 - 2012-11-25 19:19

      - The DA contested 60 by-elections since 2010 – they increased their share of the vote by 55 of these - The DA won ward 88 in Cape Town off the ANC. For the first time ever, the DA now runs every ward in Mitchell’s Plain - The DA has won 7 wards off the ANC in by-elections since 2010. - The DA have increased their share of the vote in 32 of 35 ANC-run wards theycontested since 2010 - By-elections: In 3 ANC-run wards (Tshwane, Matatiele & Mkhondo) they increased their vote by more than 20% - 2011 Local Government Elections were the best ever for the DA. they increased their share of the vote to 24% - In 2011, the DA’s share of the vote grew in every single metro. - In 2011, the DA grew its support in Cape Town from 42% (2006) to 63%. - In 2011, the DA won 14 new municipalities. Now MJ? What do you know about cANCer? Except , lies, rape, thievery, polygamy, self-engaged/self-gained leaders! Why? Do you still think the ANC is still so fantastic? What have YOU got out of them since they took over power? Its a hideous shame, that a PRESIDENT, of all people, robs the millions upon millions of poor from "A Better Life For ALL", when they dont even have a roof over their heads, and going to bed without anything in their stomach's. YOU should be ashamed of yourselves!

  • matusowsky - 2012-11-25 16:37

    The fact that the DA is able to pursuade former supporters of the ANC to join their ranks is just furtherroof of how well Zille is leading the DA towards the 2014 elections. I will not be surprised if the ANC's support in the elections drops from above 60% to below 60% for the first time. Lead on Zille, the country needs real leaders like you who don't come up with excuses but with solutions! Viva DA!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-25 16:39

    After the election results I must say it is ironic that the DA seems to be 'the' party that will finally be able to unite South AFricans and fullfil the dream of Nelson Mandela and it makes feel jealous and embarassed to openly state this as someone who has always been sceptical of their ability to bring about change in this country.there could be hope and light at the end of the tunnel and if my party does not get sorted out soon i might find myself without a choice.

      sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-25 16:44

      Good luck.

      matusowsky - 2012-11-25 17:08

      The DA would welcome your vote and make sure you are repaid with excellent service delivery :-).

      attie.stone.3 - 2012-11-25 18:53

      Make that choice wisely mshiniboys; We are all hoping for 'that better life for all' envisioned by Mandela. It's about supporting leaders with integrity...those intent on striving for genuine upliftment of the people & not only for themselves. Proof is in the pudding they say.

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-11-25 16:40

    I care less, but this time around you have ma vote guaranteed

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-25 16:46

    Yha right. She sure does.

  • adriaan.kroon.1 - 2012-11-25 16:48

    I know you are the only hope that this country have! This is what I voted for in 1993 that this "apartheid" could end and that we could unite black and white... Not the corrupt racial way the ANC mislead the uneducated masses! Ms Zille you are an absolute star!

  • adriaan.kroon.1 - 2012-11-25 16:51

    Nckloko ..... Its about competency mmm but this probably does not mean anything to you?

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-25 16:51

    Anc must be disapointed.

      Shane Kelly - 2012-11-25 17:16

      i agree very disappointed

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-25 17:33

      Stem 100% saam jy is , n slim fark.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-11-25 17:03

    This reminds me of Dr Buthelezi in the '80's and early '90's.UShenge uphinde wakhethwa ngo elethu,the headline used to read-Shenge re-elected unanimously!Talk about dictatorial tendencies!

      sven.gohre - 2012-11-25 17:14

      Who is challenging the CancER Shower-head? As for Dictatorial tendencies who is more so than the CancER and all its ministers?

      Sibusiso - 2012-11-25 17:39

      If anyone thinks within their party there is absolutely no behind the scenes manoevrouring regarding leadership then they are naïve.

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-25 17:40

      Talk about dictatorial tendencies! lmao, that is so funny! I hope you get a brain cell for Christmas - if not let me know and i will donate you one with the greatest of pleasure!

      Sibusiso - 2012-11-25 17:53

      I don't want contamination.I believe all human beings are equal and receiving a brain cell from someone who holds a contrary belief would contaminate my own belief system.I was never brought up in a family where racial superiority was embraced and promoted!

      graham.v.ferreira - 2012-11-25 17:53

      Sibusiso, the word tendency is a white western tendency.

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-25 18:08

      @ Sibusiso, Well your comment proves otherwise. How is it that you classify the DA as a dictator party, please explain!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-26 11:12

      Sibusiso. It hurts doesn't it?. Seeing power slowly ebbing away to others with more common sense and love for their country and it's people.

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-11-25 17:06

    Poor Nosimo Balindlela....she is filled with disappointments.....nd committing herself to be used by Zillle......DA is just a mess

      matusowsky - 2012-11-25 17:12

      If the DA is a mess then the ANC must be a trash dump.

      Shane Kelly - 2012-11-25 17:15

      ha ha ha i think you ment the ANC is a mess

      Donkervlie - 2012-11-25 17:19

      Mbuso I think your remark was stupid. Please explain your thinking it will be interesting to read.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-26 11:14

      Mbuso.Siera. The DA don't put the names of dead people on their electoral lists. How can they be a mess?.

  • mfanafuthi.mhlungu - 2012-11-25 17:06

    she can try all her tactics

      Shane Kelly - 2012-11-25 17:17

      she doesn't need tactics she has a head for politics.

  • herman.kramer.988 - 2012-11-25 17:18

    Well done!

  • Shane Kelly - 2012-11-25 17:18

    Helen you make us proud .

  • owen.nxumalo.3 - 2012-11-25 17:19

    Who will save us from our own?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-26 11:15

      Owen.nxumalo.3. You save yourself.

  • matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-11-25 17:32

    Although I am a fan of the lady I think some might agree with me that a vote for DA in 2014 is not only a vote for their track record or about voting against ANC, those are ancillary, it's mainly about voting for the DA to keep SA politics competitive. If the ANC have credible competition in 2014 then maybe they'll learn to step up their game service delivery wise.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-25 17:33

    Congratulations Helen the DA can only go from strength to strength!!!

  • graham.v.ferreira - 2012-11-25 17:50

    Helen for President in 2019. The only way to give everyone in SA a fair chance of sharing in the wealth.

  • braamc - 2012-11-25 17:52

    Truly a phinominal women, leader and political party.

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-11-25 17:58

    truly speaking DA will never win the national elections ......they r just another opposition party....watching after the ANC's doing....

      aarchaic - 2012-11-25 18:33

      Maybe not now but give it time the support in the ANC is declining each election and soon it will be level. but in all honesty what SA needs now is a 50/50 win Da 50% Anc 50% to force them to work together challenge each other and question things and not just steam roller on and do what they want for themselves but uplift each and every person in SA.

  • Lesiba - 2012-11-25 18:01

    Helen i think you need to teach whites of your age to stop racism first and do it publicly n often and u will win the trust of the africans(blacks).our parents suffered n stil suffering n we too suffered n stil suffering cos u focus on winning black votes only.whites as i speak r stil treating blacks like their garden boys n kitchen girls.pls be aware of this as one of your responsibilities for black to trust whites.

      spillies - 2012-11-25 18:07

      I am white and from her age. I fight racism every day and want to take hands with my black brothers, as I believe the DA are gaining ground under the Blacks from SA and has a winning plan. Come join us and help build a MULTI RACIAL party!!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-26 11:18

      Lesiba and I think you want to teach blacks of all ages to stop being racist. The word suffer is used by the likes of you as an excuse. All it does is make you a victim of your own doing. It is apparent that the only whites you know are the ones living in your head.

  • msizi.luthuli.14 - 2012-11-25 18:11

    Good luck DA African National Congress for life

  • Shaun Boshoff - 2012-11-25 18:11

    If everyone would stop with the racist and race cards and think with their heads this country would be great! like mandela did good for this country, Helen Zille would do good for this country its time a woman takes charge and undo the wrongs

  • susan.longmoor - 2012-11-25 18:11

    Thank you Helen Zille for giving us hope for a free democratic country, void of thieving politicians and uneducated, uncaring twats in the service industry.

  • adriaan.kroon.1 - 2012-11-25 18:17

    And yet Lesiba you problably work for a white boss. Whites are threatened because they are the minority and because of blacks in power like Malema making comments like " kill the boer" and because they see how the rest of africa is up in smoke. They do not like confrontation. If all was fair and not corrupt no one would say a thing!

      Lesiba - 2012-11-25 18:39

      Adriaan i get u point but whites even after 1994 and to date few can change n live comfortable but more are still fighting for apartheid style n policies to be applied.we have same blood n one day the was an accident between black n whites n whites were wrong bt took law into their hands to assault a black guy,wen ambulance arrived whites medics chose the colour to rescue nt badly injured one why is this happening?thats where Hellen Zille shuld come-in as a white leader with white qualities to persudes whites to see with all eyes not white eyes.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-26 11:22

      Lesiba your ambulance story is of the same caliber as that of the MEC using the ambulance helicopter to attend a funeral while a very sick black man needed it to get to hospital. He died. Are you also mad at the MEC now?. ALL racism is wrong and take that from an elderly white woman with a struggle history.

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-11-25 18:28

    Congradulations to Helen Zille. I have grave missgivings though whether if the DA were to become the ruling party that they wouldbe able to sort out the mess the ANC have created. How long will it take to educate the illiterate? How will the DA be able to reduce support grants that much of the population is dependant on? At election time the ANC will tell the sheeple that the DA will take away their grants.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-26 11:24

      Grant.montgomery.5074. The ANC is already telling the people they will lose their grants if they don't vote ANC. The question should be what will the ANC do the day it loses the elections, will it go quietly or will it take up the weapons to regain power?.

  • Juda - 2012-11-25 18:33

    Go go DA go!

  • james.baillie.12764 - 2012-11-25 21:17

    Well done Zilla Keep up the good work support the and let implement change and rid corruption. I alway say in order for democracy to work you need a 51/49 split in votes otherwise the ruling party dictates

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-26 11:09

    We never doubt that Helen.

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