South Africans must not feel obliged to vote ANC- Maimane
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:51:17
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says South Africans should not feel obliged to only vote for the African National Congress (ANC). He was speaking at the party’s final local governmentelections rallyat Dobsonville stadium in Soweto.
The stadium was fully packed with DA supporters. Maimane says South Africans have the right to choose a different party to govern.
“In a democracy you don’t need to be loyal to one party forever because when that party betrays you, you have the chance to punish it. A vote is not a tattoo. Just because you voted for the ANC in the past does not mean you must vote for the ANC forever. You are free to make a different choice in these elections.”
Maimane also lauded former President Nelson Mandela as the inspiration behind his party despite the ANC’s anger that he was expropriating Mandela.
Maimane reflected on the effect Mandela had on him as a young man, saying the DA’s values are based on the former statesman. The ANC has sought to stop the DA associating itself with Madiba with President Jacob Zuma saying Mandela abhorred the party.
” uTata he instilled certain values in all of us; values of forgiveness, of kindness, of humanity, of Ubuntu. He instilled in us that we are better together. I think you would agree with us that we are better together.”
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