Don’t vote for those who lie - Maimane


Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has told residents of Nelson Mandela Bay’s troubled Northern Areas “not to listen to a party that lies” and instead “vote for one that puts the people the first” in the upcoming local government elections.

Addressing supporters and party officials at the West End Community Hall in Bethelsdorp on Friday afternoon, Maimane, accompanied by the party’s mayoral candidate Athol Trollip, said support for the African National Congress (ANC) has continued to decline according to recent polls, and that the recent violence in the City of Tshwane shows they are “at war with themselves”.

“The ANC’s failure to listen to the people it serves will be the party’s downfall. We want a government that listens, a government that delivers and a government that keeps its promises,” he said to screams and cheers from supporters.

“You have been claiming your city back, inch by inch, from a corrupt government that has turned its back on you. Now is not the time to give up any of these gains. Other parties are going backwards, only the DA is gaining in momentum”.

Relaying his message in Afrikaans and English, Maimane again lambasted the ANC and other opposition parties for branding the DA as a whites-only party, saying a vote based skin colour does not represent democracy.

“Democracy is when you vote for someone who tells the truth, who does not partake in corruption and one who does not see colour as a factor. It is the only the way it can work. Don’t listen when the ruling says it is a party for black people. What they are actually saying is they are voting to protect Jacob Zuma,” Maimane said.

Describing Zuma as having obtained a PhD in lying and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) as “the military wing of the ANC”, Maimane also took aim at Metro Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan, saying his drafting in by the ruling party to improve the Metro “fools no one”.

“He cannot even attend a meeting overseas because he knows he will be arrested if he leaves South Africa,” Maimane said in reference to Jordaan being implicated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup bribery saga.

“If Danny Jordaan is the best the ANC could find to clean up corruption, then they are in more trouble than we thought. He is corrupt just like Jacob Zuma”.

Pledging support to Trollip, Maimane said the country could no longer afford being what it was before the advent of democracy, and that it is looking forward “to remove this government not though the barrel of a gun but through the ballot box”.

“All we want is five years [and] if you don’t think we’ve made enough progress by then, you must use your vote to fire us. You have been disappointed by politicians before, but this election is not just about politics but also our country,” he said.


CAPTION: Democratic Alliance Eastern Cape leader, and Nelson Mandela Bay Mayoral candidate Athol Trollip, unveils the party's campaign poster with party leader Mmusi Maimane in Bethelsdorp on Friday