Maimane promises blue future for Eastern Cape


Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has lashed out at the ruling African National Congress (ANC) for what he described as “chasing businesses away and killing jobs”.

Addressing supporters at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdanstane on Sunday as part of the party’s Vision 2029 campaign, Maimane, accompanied by DA Eastern Cape leader and Federal Chairperson Athol Trollip, said government’s running of the embattled Buffalo City Metro has been characterised by a “culture of no service delivery and accountability”, and that the “journey to freedom has stalled due to corruption and mismanagement”.

“This metro should be a place of growth and economic activity. People should come here for work. They should come here to start businesses. But instead we see people leaving Buffalo City every day. Not because they want to, but because they have to,” Maimane said.

“Thanks to the way this local ANC government has chased away business and killed jobs, this Metro has become a place where people leave. It is the people of this province who suffer when tenders are awarded to friends of the ANC, who take that money and provide nothing in return”.

Speaking a day after the party launched its campaign for Trollip’s election as the next mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Maimane stated that the DA’s increased support in both metros, shows that “the days of the Eastern Cape being the ANC stronghold are long gone”.

“Change is coming, and there is nothing the ANC can do to stop it. Three months ago, President [Jacob] Zuma addressed a crowd in Uitenhage, trying to rally some support for their troubled Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor, Danny Jordaan.

“He said, and I quote, “Nelson Mandela Bay is the home of the ANC. If it can be won by another party, even Luthuli will turn in his grave. Even us, we will have to leave South Africa. Well, President Zuma, you might want to start making your arrangements. We are coming for Nelson Mandela Bay and then Buffalo City and Kouga and Camdeboo and Baviaans and Emalahleni and Makana”.

Maimane continued, “We won’t stop until this whole province is blue. The people of the Eastern Cape have suffered under the corrupt and uncaring ANC government for far too long now”.

A day before, Maimane indicated that the Nelson Mandela Bay Executive under Jordaan, who he described as a part-time mayor, should prepare to leave as “we are ready to bring change”. The party will embark on a radical 60 wards in 60 days campaign in the Bay from today.



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