“Because the Western Cape works!”
This was the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) main theme on Saturday at the Hillsong Church at Century City in Cape Town during the party’s fifth electoral congress this year.
The DA’s leader, John Steenhuisen as well as the Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, were present at the event and addressed the more than 1,000 screaming councilors enthusiastically and optimistically.
Winde listed numerous examples of how the ANC “truly failed one and all of us as citizens”.
“The ANC has thrown us all to the wolves, they have failed our children and universities – we all deserve a better future.
“We will tackle the 2024 elections like the Springboks tackled the World Cup this year. They had a plan; they had leadership and they had values.
“The Boks showed us that it is possible to win, even if it is by just one point.”
He says the past year has not been a fun ride. “We have been faced with very serious challenges in the past year, pandemics, floods…
“But we stand up and we get things done, because the Western Cape works!”
Winde says the Western Cape government is the only government in the world that meets monthly with residents to solve problems and come up with new ideas.
“We do this because our voters’ voices must be heard! This is why we are here. We are not like other parties that you only see in the run up to the quadrennial elections, we meet monthly with our residents. We are here to provide a service and ensure the best possible future for our voters.
“After almost 15 years of an uninterrupted DA government, there is no doubt that the Western Cape is the best-run province in this country.”
RNews reported earlier that John Steenhuisen, leader of the DA, said during the party’s provincial congress on Saturday that for the first time a vote for the DA in the Western Cape next year will also be a vote for a new national government.
“Next year, for the first time since 1994, it will be possible to defeat the ANC nationwide.
“In cooperation with our partners in the multi-party charter, the DA is in the perfect position to become a big, strong anchor for a new national coalition government,” said Steenhuisen.
Steenhuisen believes that while the other eight provinces deteriorated and collapsed under the weight of ANC mismanagement, Alan Winde, DA Prime Minister, and his team raised the Western Cape to new heights.
“It would be no exaggeration to say that the Western Cape, thanks to the DA, is now the best-run regional government on the entire African continent – and it shows!” he says.
“In this province we have better roads, better sanitation, better public health care and better public education than anywhere else in South Africa.
“While the ANC wastes tax money in other provinces, 100% of the Western Cape government’s departments received unqualified audits last year.”
Steenhuisen added that a vote for the DA in the Western Cape is also a vote for the party at national level, and said that if it drags the ANC below 50% in three provinces, it will equal a new national government.
“It’s simple: The Western Cape + KwaZulu-Natal + Gauteng = a new national government. This means that for the first time since 1994 we can defeat the ANC at national level.”
“South Africa cannot thrive under the current national government which is committed to continued state capture, entrenched corruption, broken promises and weak leadership. Only a strong DA can build a better future in South Africa.”
The provincial leaders were also named during the event. Tertuis Simmers was appointed as the provincial leader and Geordin Hill-Lewis as provincial deputy leader. Jaco Londt is the provincial chairman.