DA and ANC exchange blows in weekend electioneering campaigns


The Democratic Alliance (DA) and African National Congress (ANC) continued trading insults at one another over the weekend, as the final push to win votes in Nelson Mandela Bay before next week’s local governments elections intensified.

Addressing thousands of supporters at the Don Qeqe Stadium in Zwide on Saturday as part of its Siyanqoba rally, President Jacob Zuma accused the official opposition of having originated from the National Party, saying a snake can only give birth to another.

He stated that only the ANC fought for the country’s freedom against Apartheid, and that the DA possesses the same hatred as the NP. Zuma also accused party leader Mmusi Maimane of being fake before laying in the media for only being interested in reporting on negative aspects such as the upgrades at his Nkandla home and corruption.

Prior to Zuma’s speech, ANC NEC member, and provincial MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Mlibo Qoboshiyane said the ruling party would never allow “the farmer of Bedford” to become mayor in reference to DA Mayoral candidate Athol Trollip, while Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor and ANC Mayoral candidate Danny Jordaan, accused the DA of having no heroes or history.

“At their national conferences, they get a speaker to tell them that Hendrik Verwoerd is our hero, at a strategic session they say PW Botha is our hero and at elections say Madiba our hero. They have no heroes because they don’t have any history,” Jordaan said.

“Local government is in the hands of the ANC. We have worked one year and if you are happy with what we have done, imagine what we can do in five years’ time. We are the only party that has a clear plan. There is no party with a plan, only promises,” he said while holding up a document tabling the party’s Five Golden Years Plan.

Having received a raucous welcome to cheers of “Danny Danny Danny” at the beginning of his speech, Jordaan said the Metro has managed to attract close to R20-billion in foreign investment during the last year, and that the ANC would continue its aim of creating jobs, growing the economy and building houses after the elections.

Delivering the keynote speech at a packed NMMU Missionvale Campus Indoor Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon as part of its “We can Win Rally”, Maimane accused the ANC of having nothing in common with that of Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu, saying the Eastern Cape had been the heart of ruling party “back when the party had a heart”.

“What’s left of the ANC of today is a collection of corrupt individuals, fighting over the last scraps before the party finally implodes. They can’t agree on anything anymore. The SABC, the Guptas, Marius Fransman, their mayoral candidates, their party lists – all of these things have split the ANC down the middle,” he said.

Accusing Zuma of “being in love with Apartheid”, Maimane stated that the President does believe in corporation between white and black individuals, and that only the ANC had given birth to corrupt individuals.

“When it comes to waste and corruption, this ANC government here in Nelson Mandela Bay is the worst Metro government in South Africa. Every cent this ANC government lost to corruption was meant to be spent in your communities,” Maimane continued.

“They have no plan for Nelson Mandela Bay, just as they have no plan for the rest of South Africa. Which is why we now see Jacob Zuma telling South Africans they should vote ANC simply because they are black. That’s how far this ANC has fallen. That’s how far the ANC of today has drifted from the party of Madiba”.

In a statement, Trollip said the party is more ready than ever to take control of the Metro and “deliver the change we need to move forward again”.