“Selfless struggle gave way to selfish accumulation. Non-racialism gave way to the politics of race. The politics of the heart gave way to the politics of the stomach. This once-great movement had become what former president Thabo Mbeki called ‘an ignoble, blood-sucking and corrupt parasite’.
“Under Zuma, the ANC had become everything it once fought against. An organisation that looked after the connected few at the expense of the many.
“Back in 1994 we were promised a better life for all, but all we got was a better life for some. The ANC has turned its back on everything Nelson Mandela fought for. And so, when I decided to make a different political choice I did it for Madiba.
“We call him Tata Madiba because he was a father to all of us. Every single South African – black, white, rich and poor. And as our father, he instilled his values in us – values like compassion, forgiveness, kindness, humanity, ubuntu.
“He taught us that we are stronger together. That we can prosper together as one nation with one future. A future in which all South Africans have the dignity that comes with a job.”
He said the DA continued to build a nation prosperous for all and where it governed it has the lowest unemployment in South Africa.
“Our opponents will tell you lots of lies about the Democratic Alliance. But our record where we govern speaks for itself.
“We are the only party that is carrying the values of Nelson Mandela forward. We are doing it for Madiba. So let’s do it for Madiba on Wednesday.
“Let us choose clean government. Let us choose jobs. Let us choose service delivery for all. Let us choose change that moves us forward again. Let us live and strive for freedom in South Africa our land.”
Meanwhile, DA spokeswoman Phumzile van Damme said Wednesday’s municipal elections were the most important since 1994.
Speaking to journalists at the rally she said the party was confident it would win, especially in three highly-contested metros – Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and Johannesburg.
Van Damme said the DA would use its experience in governing Cape Town, Midvaal and other municipalities to do the same.
“This change can happen. The DA is heading into these elections in a strong position.”
Van Damme declined to comment on how much the DA had spent on its election campaign.