Maimane defends himself and use of Mandela name

Mmusi Maimane has responded to the criticism levelled against his party for using former President Nelson Mandela as part of theirelection campaign.


Speaking at the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in the Eastern Cape, the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader says Mandela’s legacy belongs to the world.

Maimane says this is a critical election and the unprecedented attention the African National Congress (ANC) is giving to their campaign is an indication of how close the outcome of the elections will be.

“I am never ashamed to say this, I will say it proudly and boldly: we will always stand for the values of Nelson Mandela; and this election is about doing it for uTata, for the future of South Africa. So we can all know an inclusive South Africa,” says Maimane.

Maimane also used the platform to set  the record straight on when he first voted. He says he said he first voted in 1999 and is not sure how this was misinterpreted to 1994.


The DA also continued with its drive for votes in other areas of the country.

DA Tshwane mayoral candidate, Solly Msimanga, told potential voters that good governance will play a major role in attracting foreign investments. The party is confident of taking over the Tshwane metro.

“It is important that we win this metro away from the ANC because remember: the world is looking at you through your capital city. You have the biggest concentration of embassies in this city,” he says.

Party representatives visited voting stations monitoring the second day of special votes.


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