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DA confident it can “wrestle” Nyanga from ANC

The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday said it was confident it would make headway in the country’s notorious crime hotspot of Nyanga and that it would convince residents to vote for Cape Town’s ruling party as a means for change.

On Thursday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane , accompanied by provincial leader Patricia de Lille and MEC for Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela, visited Nyanga in a ward loyal to the African National Congress (ANC).

Despite this, Maimane was undeterred in his belief the DA would win the ward come the August 3 municipal elections.

“I know that there are by-laws in the City of Cape Town but that Sunday after the elections, I request we slaughter something in celebration in Nyanga,” said Maimane, answered by cheers from the audience.

So confident was he, said Maimane, that even the ANC would be invited to the celebratory slaughter.

According to the DA leader, this boldness was backed up by the DA’s “journey”.

“It has been a journey. As you know, the DA has been growing from one election to the next,” said Maimane.

He said that residents were seeing the DA-led City deliver services and housing and as such, were beginning to trust the country’s official opposition.

“People are seeing it [and] I am confident that the people of this community are going to come out and vote for the DA. Already you can see delivery, already you can see that unemployment is starting to decrease. There is no corruption here. If South Africans want that, they will come out here and vote for the DA,” he said.

“We have an opportunity to really wrestle this ward from the ANC,” said Maimane.

Response from residents appeared to be split down the middle on the day with DA supporters proudly proclaiming their love for
the party while others chanted, “ANC! ANC!” and said they were unhappy with the DA-led City as their living conditions were “not right”.

Maimane agreed that more needed to be done: I am calling on our party to say we’ve got a lot more to do. We want to address that apartheid legacy and we’ve made progress.”

Referring to the new DA elections advert – screened for the first time at the event in Nyanga, Maimane said calling for faster progress was one of the key messages.

“I am proud of what the DA has achieved and the advert here today says that we must do much more,” he said.

Among the goals for what they hoped would be another term in office, Maimane listed the eradication of informal settlements, the reversal of apartheid’s spatial legacy, and ensuring good governance.

“No other party has a plan,” he said, “We are the only party that is committed to addressing that legacy and ensuring that South Africa is a free country for all.”

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