DA hopes to win by-election in Oudtshoorn

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says the DA is working hard to win all the by-elections, ahead of the local government elections later in 2016.

He was campaigning in Rose Valley in Oudtshoorn in Little Karoo ahead of a by-election in the area on Wednesday.

Maimane and the DA’s Western Cape leader Patricia de Lille were on a door to door campaign.

Their message was to save the town from its current state of political instability.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says, “We need to win the ward back from the African National Congress (ANC). If we can win this ward we know come 2016 we will then have outright majority in the municipality here but we are also here to save Oudtshoorn.”

It is my duty to serve the people of South Africa by putting them first. Change is coming to Oudtshoorn. — Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) February 23, 2016

Addressing party supporters, Maimane says a win in the by-election will put the party in a better position to wrestle control of the town after local government elections later in 2016.

“It’s important that we start here so that we can get majority in council … so that we can deliver for the people of Oudtshoorn. We must make sure that we create work opportunities here in Oudtshoorn and resurrect the tourism [sector],” adds Maimane.

Ward six has been left vacant following the death of an ANC councillor.

Oudtshoorn municipality is currently under administration following allegations of maladministration.



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