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DA confident of Tshwane win in LGE

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is confident that it will give the African National Congress (ANC) a run for its money in Tshwane when voters take to the polls in the upcoming local government elections (LGE).

The DA launched its voter registration campaign in the capital city on Friday.

The party encouraged thousands of unregistered voters to register for the elections on 5 and 6 March.

During the 2014 general elections, the ANC’s support fell below the 50% margin in the Tshwane metro and the DA is planning to capitalise on that in a bid to reach a 50% majority in the metro.

Party leader, Mmusi Maimane, says they have invested a lot in the big metros.

“I mean money is tight but we’ve got to put people, we’ve got to put structures on the ground. We’ve also focused on Nelson Mandela Bay. On a proportion basis between those three big metros we are willing to grow. We will have the lion’s share of the money. Because here we believe this is where we could really topple the ANC. But South Africans need to know we will also be campaigning everywhere.”

The DA’s mayoral candidate in Tshwane, Solly Msimang, says the ANC is failing to maintain the capital city.

Msimang says, “This was supposed to be a capital city that each and every South African is proud of, but everybody who comes here – the diplomatic corps, the young people coming from other provinces to learn here – are not seeing a world class city that we know this city can be. That’s what we want to do and that’s what we want to give the people of this city and indeed the people of South Africa. Everybody should be proud of the city…”

Maimane has meanwhile indicated that they are not looking into a coalition with any other party at this stage, but says they will look into it if the need arises.

– By Phumzile Mlangeni

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