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SA’s corruption riddled municipalities need a serious ‘shake-up’: DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says South Africa needs bold leadership that will rescue the country’s municipalities from its current state of chaos.

The party will launch its 2016 local election manifesto at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.

It says South Africa’s over 200 municipalities are rocked by corruption, poor service delivery and joblessness.

The party is gearing up for the August 3rd elections.

The DA says central to its manifesto will be job creation, effective service delivery and fighting corruption. It says the manifesto will be their social contract with ordinary South Africans, civil society and business.

DA leader in the Eastern Cape Athol Trollip says the manifesto will give South Africans an alternative to either vote for change or sit back and allow the status quo to continue.

Trollip says: ”I think I can best describe our municipalities as a state of chaos where corruption is abounda. We need a bold leadership and we are saying to South Africans vote for the DA and our leader Mmusi Maimane is going to put our offer tomorrow (Saturday) or you can stay where you are and have the status quo for the next five years.”

On job creation, Trollip who will also be running as the party’s mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay, says his party has a track record of attracting investment to unlock job opportunities.

”Where we govern we attract investment and create jobs. We have created 30% of all the jobs in South Africa last year so the record speaks for itself. It’s a pie in the sky. Its realistic offers that can be measured and everywhere we govern we will be able to create jobs.”

The DA also boasts being the most transformed party in the country with most of its members being black.

DA national spokesperson, Refiloe Ntse’khe has defended the party’s Employment Equity and Black Economic Empowerment policies.

”When we talk about Employment Equity we are area conscious of the apartheid imbalances and if we have two candidates of equal qualifications you will look at the black candidates because you want to redress that imbalance and again 70% of DA membership is black because we have good policies and we respect the Constitution we begin to see people gravitating to the DA.”

At least 20 000 party members are expected to attend the launch.

The August 3rd elections will be a major test for leader Maimane as it will be the first time he presides over an election since taking over the reigns two years ago.

The party has continued to grow in recent elections – and it has its eyes on a number of metros following a decline in support for the African National Congress (ANC) in the 2014 elections especially in urban areas.

– By Ntebo Mokobo

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