DA welcomes new members ahead of elections

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed about hundred new members from various wards in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria.Some of the new recruits claim to have been African National Congress (ANC) supporters who say they are now disappointed by a lack of service delivery.

“I previously voted for the ANC with the opinion that maybe, since they took us from the apartheid regime, maybe now they will take us to a brighter future – meaning a non-racial South Africa. But what is left is corruption,” says one new DA member.

Another new member says, “I thought let me rather join the DA to see changes because there has been no change.”

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says people still joining the party before the local government elections is proof that many South Africans are willing to vote for a party that will bring about change. 

Maimane says these are the people who have been voting for the ruling party since the dawn of democracy in 1994.

“Those who have been left behind, those must be the ones that we focus on to build an inclusive South Africa. These are community members that are quite excited. They share those values and they realise those values are no longer in the ANC, they are in the DA. And they must continue to build an inclusive South Africa regardless of the colour of your skin,” he says.

Maimane, who was campaigning in Soshanguve, adds, “In 2014, the ANC got below 50% here.  So they’re going down and we are going up. Of course when you come and speak to people you must go where you are growing and the DA is growing.”

The DA maintains that it will win Tshwane – a strategic metro that is home to the world’s second largest diplomatic community.


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