DA welcomes increase in numbers in Richmond
Sun, 24 Jan 2016 11:20:00
The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal says it has welcomed over 200 former African National Congress and the National Freedom Party members into its ranks at Richmond in the midlands of the province.
DA’s provincial leader Zwakele Mncwango says the party has made history as the area of Richmond was previously considered a “no-go” area due to the decades of political violence between ANC, Inkhatha Freedom Party and the United Democratic Movement.
Just a week ago, the ANC Youth League in the province vowed to collapse the opposition in the province after welcoming new members from different organizations in Durban.
However, the DA dismissed this and viewed it as a publicity stunt aimed at portraying the ANC as a growing party ahead of the elections.
Mncwango says people will always have trust in the DA.
“We welcomed more than two hundred members from the ANC and the NFP which for the DA is a symbolic on its nature considering the history of this area, but it also shows the maturing of our democracy,” says Mncwango.
He says the DA is gaining trust from its people. “We have offered to create more jobs since there is a high rate of unemployment,” says Mncwango.
Meanwhile, ANC chairperson in the Moses Mabhida Region, Mthandeni Dlungwane dismissed this.
Dungwane accused the DA of being desperate to regain trust from the public ahead of the local elections despite recent racist comments made by some of its members.
“Our people have constantly rejected the DA, their main aim is to protect the interests of few individual people, therefore they will always be trying by all means to parade people as if they and coming from other parties,” says Dungwane.
He adds that people in Richmond are very supportive of the ANC; he says they stood with the ANC even when there was political violence and killings.
– By SABC