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'It’s looking very positive for us': Mmusi Maimane on Nelson Mandela Bay

'It’s looking very positive for us': Mmusi Maimane on Nelson Mandela Bay

Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader, Mmusi Maimane, on Tuesday launched his party's Cities Delivering Better Servicesplan at the corner of Fountain Avenue and Moon Street, in Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth.

Maimane was joined by the DA Mayoral Candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip.

“We are here today to talk about service delivery at local government level. And Mmusi Maimane will talk about the DA’s position on service delivery,” said Trollip.

The Cities Delivering Better Servicesoutlines the DA's plan to improve service delivery, once in government, in municipalities where services have ground to a halt under the ANC.

“The struggle must be such that we don’t just look after people who are politically connected, we must look after all South Africans. For freedom must mean freedom for all, not for some,” Mmusi told the residents of Walmer Township.

Mmusi addressed issues about sanitation, electricity, water and taxi services, and how the DA would make sure that all communities would have access to these basic services, especially in poorer areas.

“This document says, under the DA we want cities to be focused on delivery, our cities are cities we must address historical legacies to make sure that cities deliver better services, particularly for poor people. They must be able to get access to free, basic services; that is why, in the city of Cape Town, we deliver free basic services to the poor more than any other municipality in the country,” he said.

He added that the DA's track record of good governance has been recognised for excellent service delivery, with the DA-led Western Cape having the highest access to water, sanitation and electricity.

RNews asked Maimane what he thinks are the chances of the DA taking over Nelson Mandela Bay.

“It’s looking very positive for us, we are quite excited, and there is great momentum here behind the DA.

“Everywhere we go we have been welcomed, I think the ANC can’t say that, they have gone to communities and been chased away. Here we are growing in all communities so I’m very positive about it,” he said.