Provincial party leader and premier candidate Athol Trollip said the introduction would be made during a rally in New Brighton, in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. He would not shed more light on the candidate, saying only that he had called a press conference to announce the new candidate.
Trollip said the DA would erode the support base of the ANC in the province, but did not expect to win control of the province from the ruling party at the up-coming polls.
“People regard the DA as an alternative party to the ANC. We have been busy with door-to-door campaigns and holding community meetings since last year. And we will bring the ANC support down to 60%.”
Trollip has become a popular figure in many black communities in the Eastern Cape – partly, it is believed, because of his good command of the Xhosa language.
He said that his Xhosa language proficiency would not necessarily make people vote for the DA.
“The fact that I can speak isiXhosa makes it possible for me to deliver DA messages to the people. But politics is far more than that,” he said.
The Eastern Cape provincial leadership of the ANC last year reportedly expressed fears of losing control of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro to the DA. The party blamed factional battles within its ranks for the potential loss.
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