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Freedom was achieved but people are not free – Maimane

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says freedom was achieved in 1994 but people are still not free as there’s still unemployment and hunger.

Maimane quoted Mandela on a number of occasions while campaigning for the upcoming local government elections at the King Sabatha Dalindyebo Municipality in Mthatha.

A few years ago the jailed King- Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo– joined the DA.

His assistant Phandulwazi Mhlontlo was at hand to voice some traditional leaders’ support for the DA.

“We give the DA freedom of movement, the freedom of association, freedom of expression and we want change in the KSD Municipality,” says Mhlontlo.

Maimane promised the residents good service delivery.

He cited poor present leadership and corruption as stumbling blocks to improving the lives of people.

“Long live the spirit of Nelson Mandela, long live. Freedom came in 1994 to grant people the right to vote, as Nelson Mandela said we are not free but we nearly achieved the freedom to be free. We can’t say we are free when people are poor. Our leadership is the problem. We will put in charge a leadership that will work for the people. I am not your boss but your leader, your boss is the people that vote.”

Maimane also responded to Thursday’s comments by President Zuma in which he said some DA members were part of oppression.

He said the African National Congress (ANC)-led government cabinet had white members.

Maimane later did a walk about in Mthatha CBD.

Meanwhile, in Mpumalanga DA national spokesperson Refiloe Ntsekhe took the party’s campaign to eMakhazeni.

Ntsekhe was joined by the provincial leaders and councillors of the party.

A message of hope was spread to the people of Machododorp and Waterval Boven.

eMakhazeni municipality experienced a series of service delivery protests in the past with people demanding delivery of basic services such as potable water and housing.

“What I have realised is that in all the places I have been to, people are receiving the message of the Democratic Alliance very well, they are fully aware that we are a party that is prepared to create jobs and fight corruption in South Africa,” says Ntsekhe.

The party is hopeful that it will win some municipalities in the Mpumalanga province.

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